Fraser Anning is an Australian senator who has represented Queensland since 2017. Anning made headlines around the world after he tweeted his reaction to the New Zealand shooting. Brenton Tarrant, a white nationalist Australian terrorist who livestreamed his massacre of dozens of people at a Christchurch mosque, left behind a disturbing manifesto in which he ranted about “white genocide” and “invaders.” But Anning has argued that white nationalists shouldn’t be blamed for the shooting.
After the shooting, Anning tweeted, “Does anyone still dispute the link between Muslim immigration and violence?” Anning also released a statement in which he said, “while Muslims may have been the victims today, they are usually the perpetrators” of violence.
Politicians in Australia and in other nations quickly condemned Anning’s remarks. Australia’s prime minister, Scott Morrison, said:
“The remarks by Senator Fraser Anning blaming the murderous attacks by a violent, rightwing, extremist terrorist in New Zealand on immigration are disgusting. Those views have no place in Australia, let alone the Australian parliament.”
Here’s what you need to know about Fraser Anning:
1. He Called Islam a ‘Savage Faith’ & Said the ‘Real Cause’ of the Shooting Was New Zealand’s Immigration Program
Anning released a statement after the New Zealand shooting, in which he said the country’s immigration policy was the real reason for the deadly shooting. He wrote:
“As always, left-wing 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.”
Anning also wrote that Muslims are killing people on an “industrial scale” around the world in the name of their faith. He continued, “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.”
2. He Famously Called for a ‘Final Solution’ on Immigration