Davidson was given two opportunities in Parliament today to apologise for the comment but doubled-down.
National MP Louise Upton used Question Time in the House to ask Davidson for an apology.
Davidson was asked twice if the Prime Minister had asked her to apologise for the comment. Her first was response was ‘definately not an answer to the question that was made’ ruled Speaker Adrian Rurawhe.
‘Was she asked by the Prime Minister to apologise to the public, and if so, when will she do that?’ asked Upston for the second time.
‘No’, said Davidson.
‘Does she agree that the statement was factually incorrect?’
‘What I have done is clarified what I intended to say… What I need to be really clear about, is that violence is enabled by socially accepted hierarchies of power, that include sexism, racism toward minority communities, colonisation, ableism, ageism, homophobia, transphobia and classism. And I’ve been really clear about those drivers of violence and we must change those structures of inequality and power.’
When asked earlier by Upston why she made the ‘white cis male’ comment, Davidson acknowledged that she could have ‘been clearer in my remarks on Saturday. What I was doing was pushing back on the harmful and false narrative that trans people are one of the biggest risks to women.’
When asked on Saturday by Counterspin Media whether she condoned the violence against Women’s Rights activist Posie Parker, Davidson dodged the question and instead blamed ‘white cis males’ for all the violence in the world.
Marama Davidson was asked about her attack on “white cis men” in Parliament today. She reacted defiantly and refused to apologise. Had it been any other group she’d be forced to apologise or resign, yet we’re told that “structures of power” work in white cis men’s favour!? pic.twitter.com/Q9QyvfVZbS
— The Zeitgeist (@TheZeitgeistNZ) March 28, 2023
NZ First leader Winston Peters said Davidson’s answers in the House were a double-down and refusal to retract comments ‘that should see her sacked.’
In parliamentary question time today the PM allowed Marama Davidson to double down. He allowed this minister to refuse to retract offensive comments that should see her sacked.
— Winston Peters (@winstonpeters) March 28, 2023