After Gladys Berejiklian’s resignation her second in command, the Deputy Premier and NSW Nationals Party leader John Barilaro has also quit, citing stress caused by the fact that he is suing Youtuber Friendly Jordies/Jordan Shanks (not a patch on Catboy Kami) for defamation, and because people are making fun of him for being a wop, or specifically, Italian.
NSW Deputy Premier John Barilaro said an ongoing defamation case and “vile, racist” attacks were factors in his shock resignation from state politics.
The Nationals leader’s announcement came just three days after Gladys Berejiklian announced she would quit as Premier and also exit politics, after the Independent Commission Against Corruption revealed it would commence public hearings into her conduct.
….over the past 12 months especially, the very public defamation case that I have going on at the moment … it is unbelievable that I have to defend myself from vile and racist attacks in a social media setting by individuals.
And a trillion-dollar company like Google allows that sort of vile, racial attack on any individual, regardless of public figure or not, to remain is something that I can’t believe in 2021 still exists.
As a young boy of migrant parents, I understood what racism was, and was called many of those names. I never thought that in 2021 I would still have to deal with this.
It’s a tragedy. Hands up who got called “skip” at school in the second largest Greek city in the world after Athens? Anyway, this is the kind of racist and general abuse he has suffered:
And this seems obligatory at this point:
Some view the crying racism thing as nonsense, and that he is getting in front of various scandals and corruption inquiries that will befall him soon enough: