New Zealand Deputy Prime Minister Winston Peters publicly humiliated an American COVID denier who was spouting conspiracy theories about the virus at a campaign event recently.
Peters was taking questions from the audience after his speech when a man with an American accent asked for proof that the coronavirus exists.
“Where’s your proof that there is a virus that caused the disease,” the man asked according to TVNZ.
Peters was already annoyed with the man for asking three questions rather than one and he didn’t hold back. “Sit down, sit down,” the Deputy PM said.
He continued: “We’ve got someone who obviously got an education in America–200,000 people have died in the US, where there are 8 million cases to date. We’ve got 79,000 cases just today probably in India and here is someone who gets up and says the ‘Earth is flat’. Sorry sunshine, wrong place,” the lawmaker said as the audience applauded.
The man tried to respond but Peters was not having it. He move on to the next person and told the man to be quiet because, “we have manners at our meetings as well.”
New Zealand has beaten the coronavirus and things are starting to return to normal. The country recorded 1,800 cases of the virus and 25 deaths. In contrast, the U.S. has seen over 7.8 million cases and over 215,000 deaths.
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