New Zealand's deputy prime minister Winston Peters has no time for Covid denial, or Flat Earthers for that matter.
At a re-election campaign meeting in Tarunga, the leader of the New Zealand First party was confronted by a conspiracy theorist with an accent that sounded very American.
The incident was captured on video, as the sceptic asked the deputy prime minister to provide evidence that “there is a virus that causes the disease.”
Before he could even finish the question, Peters cut him off and proceeded to show him the science:
We’ve got someone who obviously got an education in America. 220,000 people have died in the United States, there are 8 million cases to date. We’ve got 79,000 cases probably today in India, and here is someone who gets up and says, “the Earth is flat.” Sorry sunshine, wrong place.
Just a reminder: New Zealand currently has zero cases. So Peters and recently re-elected Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern are obviously doing something right.
People were a fan of the deputy PM’s brutal takedown.
Some Americans were also met with a wake-up call as to how the country is seen by the rest of the world.
Perhaps the lesson we can take from this is to be more like New Zealand, less like the US. Also, Winston Peters has some zingers.