The Greens co-leader is facing calls for her to be sacked from ACT Party leader David Seymour.
Davidson was asked by Counterspin Media on Saturday what she thought about Posie Parker being violently assaulted and ‘having what looked like tomato sauce being tipped all over her?’
Davidson responded with a monologue about trans rights and accused ‘white cis men’ of perpetrating all the violence in the world’.
In responding to the backlash, Davidson told legacy media she was ‘not as clear in my comments… as I should have been. I should have made clear in my comments that violence happens in every community.’
She blamed an earlier alleged motorcycle incident for the brain-fade, telling media she was hit by one while on a pedestrian crossing.
‘The person who hit me was part of a convoy of motorcyclists’, she told legacy media. It was shortly after that that she was questioned by Counterspin.
ACT Party leader David Seymour said Davidson should resign, citing the Cabinet Manual, which says ‘Ministers are expected to… behave in a way that upholds, and is seen to uphold, the highest ethical standards. This includes exercising a professional approach and good judgement in their interactions with the public and officials, and in all their communications, personal and professional.’
However there are claims on social media the Counterspin video was recorded before the alleged motorcycle incident.
The @nzherald seems to be reinventing history here. The video was taken BEFORE the motorbike incident and to suggest a Minister was under durress when asked a simple question really only confirms the incompetence.
— truereckons1 (@truereckons1) March 27, 2023
Marama Davidson can’t be an effective Minister if she can’t get basic facts about violence right and instead chooses prejudice based on skin colour. If she can’t front up with evidence for her statement about white men, she should resign. pic.twitter.com/lEcRiKqZeL
— David Seymour (@dbseymour) March 26, 2023