Journalists Treat Obscure Australian Senator’s Racist Post-Shooting Remarks As Representative of Nation’s Views on Immigration

In the wake of the horrible mass shooting in Christchurch, New Zealand that targeted two mosques and left 49 worshippers dead, Australian Sen. Fraser Anning of Queensland release a totally abhorrent statement in which he blamed the attack on Muslim immigration.

“Whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence,” said Anning in a statement. “The real cause of the bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.”

Needless to say, the timing of this statement is totally reprehensible, and its substance is unambiguously racist. Blaming a mass shooting on the mere presence of its victims, who were doing absolutely nothing wrong, is the height of callousness.

Given that Anning is indeed a sitting senator in Australia’s parliament, his remarks are getting a lot of attention, and a lot of well-deserved scorn. However Anning’s statement is also being treated like it is representative of the views of a large number of Australians. More specifically it’s being deployed to attack New York Times‘ columnist Bari Weiss, a favorite target of very online left-wing journalists, and who wrote a January 2019 column in which she praised Australia for its centrism and lack of toxic culture war politics.

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