Victoria election: Daniel Andrews hits back at red mist comment from MP Catherine Cumming

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Daniel Andrews has hit back at an outrageous comment from a sitting MP, who said she wanted to turn the Victorian Premier into “red mist” at a fiery political rally.

Victorian upper house MP Catherine Cumming made the comment outside Flinders Street Station on Saturday as she addressed a crowd of cheering supporters.

Dr Cumming, who is running for the Angry Victorians Party at next week’s state election, is captured on video telling the crowd: “I joined the Angry Victorians Party for one reason: to make Daniel Andrews turn into red mist.”

“In the army we would call it pink mist, but I want him into red mist,” she shouts to ongoing crows of support.

“Give anyone here in the army a job to blow someone up and they will.”

The phrase “pink mist” is a military term referring to the spray of blood when someone is shot by a sniper.

The comments have sparked outrage across Victoria’s political spectrum, including condemnation from Opposition Leader Matthew Guy.

In a tweet, Mr Guy said Dr Cumming should “withdraw those remarks” and apologise immediately, saying “statements and language like this have no place in our state, or nation.”

During a press conference on Sunday, Mr Andrews hit back at Dr Cummings’ comments.

“I think we’re better than this,” he told reporters.

“We’re much better than violent extremism, we ought to leave that to the United States.

“This is not America and I, for one, will do nothing to contribute to the Americanisation of our politics.”

Mr Andrews said he would “leave it to others” to defend their actions and statements, insisting he was putting forward a “positive and optimistic plan” to Victoria.

In a statement, Victoria Police confirmed they were investigating Dr Cummings’ comments for potential “inciteful behaviour”.

Dr Cumming herself has responded to the controversy, where she said the comments were in response to the Labor Party’s red shirt scandal and “blowing up the corruption in this government”.

She issued a statement saying she did not wish or call for any physical harm to come to Mr Andrews or his “red-shirts brigade”.

But she immediately appeared repeated her earlier comments, saying: “I want Dan Andrews and his government to turn into red mist.”

“He and his red-shirts brigade need to be blown up this election – at the ballot box, by the majority of Victorian voters who are angry at what he has done to us, our families, businesses and our State these last four years,” Dr Cumming said.

“At no time did I say or in any way mean to physically blow up Daniel Andrews MP himself, or infer any physical harm to him or anyone.

“I am calling on all Victorians to deliver the accountability our state needs, at the ballot box, to erase the red stain of Daniel Andrews MP from our beautiful state.”

Originally published as ‘This is not America’: Dan Andrews hits back at MP’s shock ‘red mist’ comment as police probe launched


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