Jacqui Lambie reveals angry confrontation with One Nation supporter – as she again targets Pauline Hanson while admitting she once tried to copy her right-wing approach
- Jacqui Lambie says she regrets spouting anti-Muslim sentiment in the past
- Tasmanian senator revealed she has received abuse from One Nation supporters
- She also said Scott Morrison is ‘falling apart’ and losing control of Coalition
Jacqui Lambie has admitted her regret in spouting anti-Muslim sentiment early in her parliamentary career and trying too hard to ‘mirror’ Pauline Hanson.
The Tasmanian senator told the Sydney Morning Herald she was trying too hard to establish herself as a mainstream politician and was receiving bad advice from her former advisor.
Ms Lambie, 50, spoke out further in the interview after her tirade at Sen. Hanson last week over the One Nation leader’s opposition to vaccine mandates.
The Tasmanian senator doubled down on her criticism of Sen. Hanson, made a snide comment on the weight of her former political mentor Clive Palmer and said Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s leadership was ‘falling apart’.
She also admitted she said ‘really, really nasty stuff’ about Muslims in the past and her stance was ‘way too right-wing’.
‘Certainly some of my anti-Muslim comments, there was no need. So this is what happens when you don’t have the right advice around you,’ she said.
‘I was nearly mirroring Pauline Hanson, and it was scary. When I look back now I just cringe at some of those speeches that I made. It has taken me a long while to make amends.’
Jacqui Lambie has admitted her regret in spouting anti-Muslim sentiment early in her career and trying too hard to ‘mirror’ Pauline Hanson in a revealing interview
Ms Lambie has become a target for One Nation after the outspoken senator took aim at the party’s controversial leader.
She revealed she has received threats and abuse from supports of the organisation and pointed the finger squarely at Ms Hanson.
‘I’ve wanted to say a few things about Pauline Hanson for so long – she’s just so divisive, so awful – and I am not holding back,’ she said.
Ms Lambie revealed she had a combative exchange with a One Nation supporter, a moment she regrets.
‘He called me a c***, so I went at him and I used my big drill voice, and he moved back,’ she told the Herald.
‘It was really silly of me to do that. But if you are gonna call me that and abuse me, I’m gonna go at you, but it was probably silly on my on my part.’
‘I’ve wanted to say a few things about Pauline Hanson for so long – she’s just so divisive, so awful – and I am not holding back,’ Ms Lambie said
When asked whether she would make United Australia Party head Clive Palmer eat his words, she quipped the heavily built entrepreneur doesn’t ‘need anything more to eat’ but admitted the pair don’t discuss politics.
The Tasmanian senator also said she believes Prime Minister Scott Morrison is ‘falling apart’ and his Coalition was ‘extremely divided’.
‘The more pressure Morrison feels, the more he falls apart,’ she said.
‘I don’t think that he tells the truth. He likes to bend the truth to suit himself, to get more votes.
‘I don’t see him as a leader.’
The Tasmanian senator also said she believes Prime Minister Scott Morrison is ‘falling apart’ and his Coalition was ‘extremely divided’