This question (and answer) at the launch of Boris Johnson’s Tory leadership bid is all you need to know
If there was one question (and answer) that encapsulates everything that is wrong about Boris Johnson at the launch of his campaign to become Tory leader and our next prime minister, then it was this.
It’s a brilliant question by Sky News’s political editor Beth Rigby and Johnson’s answer really does tell you all you need to know.
Great question by @BethRigby about Boris Johnson's horrible comments about Muslim women.
His response is telling. He is appealing squarely to a right-wing base, who applaud the mocking of minorities as 'free speech' and see it as 'refreshing'. pic.twitter.com/R0jPLTVOgc
— Nooruddean (@BeardedGenius) June 12, 2019
Our favourite things people were saying about it on Twitter.
Beth Rigby of @SkyNews was quite rightly asking #Boris Johnson about his disgusting comments referencing muslim women as letterboxes, the jeers she received from his supporters in that press conference tell us all we need to know about the tories and their values #GTTO
— Loz Argyle (@ArgyleLoz) June 12, 2019
Setting aside the loathsome stuff about Muslim women, the way he pretends not to understand Beth Rigby's accent tells you everything you need to know about him https://t.co/DYnJHkDLjy
— Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) June 12, 2019
#Boris Johnson affects to mishear a question about his character – "My parrot?" – & fails to get a laugh even out of his crowd of witless, braying fans.
How can anyone think this Etonian Trump is what our country needs?pic.twitter.com/GhIj5CRRPk
— Tom Scott #FBPE (@Tom___Scott) June 12, 2019
this is utter horseshit #boris
— Dom Joly (@domjoly) June 12, 2019
Boris Johnson effectively says we need to use a different kind of language, even if it's racist language…..and gets a round of applause from the room. Is this really what we've become as a country? Actually, don't answer that. #Boris
— Chris Reynolds (@MasterKlump) June 12, 2019
Also, let’s not gloss over the fact that Boris Johnson supporters, at his *formal launch to be UK Prime Minister*, booed and jeered @BethRigby as she asked a question. That press conference was a disgrace.
— Matt Wells (@MatthewWells) June 12, 2019
Beth Rigby jeered for raising #Boris' history of hateful slurs and describing women in niqabs as letter boxes.
Boris ignores Laura Kuenssberg question on whether he's trustworthy by bumbling for 60 seconds on Brexit instead.
What even is the point? Fuck it all to hell
— Dave Mulcahy (@DaveJMulcahy) June 12, 2019