A right-wing Australian senator who made controversial remarks following the terrorist attacks in New Zealand was pelted in the head with an egg and responded by punching the person who threw it in the face.
A 17-year-old boy smacked Sen. Fraser Anning in the head with the egg as he was talking to reporters on Saturday morning in Melbourne. Anning responded by turning around and punching the teenager twice in the face.
USA Today reported, "the teen was arrested and released by Victoria police. Police are investigating the incident, including Anning's actions."
Anning faced backlash over his response to the New Zealand terrorist attack after he condemned the violence and then went on to make comments that were widely criticized as being blaming the victims of the attack. The Daily Wire reported his full statement:
I am utterly opposed to any form of violence within our community, and I totally condemn the actions of the gunman.
However, whilst this kind of violent vigilantism can never be justified, what it highlights is the growing fear within our community, both in Australia and New Zealand, of the increasing Muslim presence.
As always, leftwing politicians and the media will rush to claim that the causes of today’s shootings lie with gun laws or those who hold nationalist views, but this is all cliched nonsense.
The real cause of bloodshed on New Zealand streets today is the immigration program which allowed Muslim fanatics to migrate to New Zealand in the first place.
Let us be clear, while Muslims may have been the victims today, usually they are the perpetrators. World-wide, Muslims are killing people in the name of their faith on an industrial scale.
The entire religion of Islam is simply the violent ideology of a sixth century despot masquerading as a religious leader, which justifies endless war against anyone who opposes it and calls for the murder of unbelievers and apostates.
The truth is that Islam is not like any other faith. It is the religious equivalent of fascism. And just because the followers of this savage belief were not the killers in this instance, does not make them blameless.
Anning’s comments came after 49 people were murdered at two mosques on Friday in New Zealand in a racially motivated terrorist attack.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison denounced Anning’s comments following the attack in a series on tweets.
"New Zealand, like Australia, is home to people from all faiths, cultures and backgrounds," Morrison wrote. "There is absolutely no place in either of our countries for the hatred and intolerance that has bred this extremist, terrorist violence and we condemn it."
"The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, right-wing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting," Morrison added. "Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian Parliament."
Following the attack, New Zealand's leftist government proposed extreme gun control laws, on top of the nation's already extreme laws, which may now include banning all semi-automatic firearms.
"As soon as New Zealanders hear that someone was legally able to acquire, as I'm advised, those weapons and carry out this event, that will raise enormous questions with our gun laws, and that is why we will respond swiftly," New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern said, adding, "our gun laws will change."