The Australian lawmaker who blamed Muslims after a white supremacist killed worshipers at two New Zealand mosques in March has been voted out of office.
Preliminary election results show right-wing Sen. Fraser Anning of Queensland has failed to gather enough votes to keep his seat in Australia’s Parliament, The Sydney Morning Herald reported.
Anning drew backlash for his comments after New Zealand’s deadliest shootings since 1990, then went viral when a teenage protester cracked an egg over his head during an interview.
"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," Anning said in a statement at the time.
Video shows the lawmaker punching 17-year-old Will Connolly, who became known as “Egg Boy,” and Anning’s supporters held the teen in a chokehold while calling police. Australia’s prime minister later took Connolly’s side, calling for a censure motion against the senator.
"I would normally not want to give this any oxygen, but I want to absolutely and completely denounce the statements made by Senator Anning," Prime Minister Scott Morrison told reporters. "In his conflation of this horrendous terrorist attack with issues of immigration, in his attack on Islamic faith specifically — these comments are appalling and they’re ugly and they have no place in Australia, in the Australian Parliament."
Head of a conservative party under his name and a former member of the far-right, anti-immigration One Nation party, Anning also drew condemnation from New Zealand’s Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern. She called his comments a disgrace.
"Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?" he tweeted in March.
The Christchurch shootings by a self-proclaimed racist left 51 people attending Friday prayers dead.
In 2018, Anning supported a ban on immigration from Islamic counties, the Herald reported. He invoked the term "final solution," associated with Nazi Germany's genocide of Jewish people.
The senator's current term ends in June.
Contributing: The Associated Press
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