Australian former PM Kevin Rudd was known for not always making a lot of sense, but right now he is speaking crystal clear- and speaking some brutal truth.
Overnight Rudd tweeted his thoughts on the return of Pauline Hanson, and “the official re-emergence of racism in Australia”.
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The outburst follows the surprise success of Hanson’s One Nation Party in the election, winning two seats in Queensland, and has a good chance of also scoring seats in New South Wales and Western Australia.
It's repugnant to see the official re-emergence of racism in Australia with @PaulineHansonOz .Our nation must have zero tolerance on racism.
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) July 4, 2016
Our ex-PM is saying what many of us are thinking. That it’s a sad time for Australia as fear tactics and ignorance wins, similarly to the hateful dynamics currently causing xenophobic behavior in the United Kingdom post-Brexit and the United States.
Rudd goes on to argue against a Twitter user calling Hanson ‘patriotic’.
To attack people because of their race or religion is not patriotic.To do so is to divide the nation, not unite it. https://t.co/dcwTzeq0Un
— Kevin Rudd (@MrKRudd) July 5, 2016
He’s actually on fucking fire. Where was this Rudd during his run at PM?!