Last night, Australia saw a different side to Pauline Hanson.
The One Nation leader gave an emotional interview to A Current Affair, crying as she spoke about the disastrous few weeks for her party, which saw the resignation of two election candidates and the party nose dive in the polls.
“I cop all this shit all the time and I’m sick of it, absolutely sick of it,” the 64-year-old said as she broke down in tears.
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She lamented the actions of past One Nation candidates: Fraser Anning, Brian Burston, David Oldfield – and now Steve Dickson and Ross Macdonald.
Throughout the 18-minute interview she positioned herself as a victim, “let down” by those she selected as candidates and “kicked in the guts” by political scandal after political scandal.
Hanson has made her name on a divisive brand of politics. She and her party members position themselves as the ones who “say what you’re thinking”, using inflammatory language and breeding hatred of ‘others’.
One Nation’s divisive policies have time and time again attracted candidates that are ticking time bombs.