Peter Dunne outrages with KKK tweet

Dunne compares NZ First to KKK. Photo / Twitter @PeterDunneMP
Dunne compares NZ First to KKK. Photo / Twitter @PeterDunneMP
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MP Peter Dunne faced backlash on Twitter last night after comparing New Zealand First to white supremacist group the Ku Klux Klan (KKK).

The United Future leader posted the following on Twitter:

Dunne linked to an article by the British newspaper The Independent about the KKK changing its rules for new members wanting to join the group.

His tweet created a backlash from several Twitter users.

Asked by one Twitter user if he thought his comments were inappropriate, Dunne replied “rubbish”.

The MP for Ohariu defended his tweet, writing:

NZ First deputy leader Tracey Martin responded to Dunne as well.

Dunne also received backlash on the social media platform for campaigning for the tobacco industry.

Dunne’s tweet came after United States citizen John Abarr reported to The Independent that he intended to start a new Klu Klux Klan group in Montana, USA called the Rocky Mountain Knights, which is looking for new members regardless of their race, religion or sexual orientation.

Dunne told Fairfax Media he didn’t think his tweet was a “big deal”.

“I think people are being grossly overly sensitive and I’m just amazed by the stridency of the reaction,” he said.

“It was a flippant comment based on a newspaper article and I think when you look at some of things NZ First MPs have said over the years, particularly over immigration, there’s a bit of a link to it.”

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Dale Smith

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