Vision NZ party leader Hannah Tamaki has posted a fake photo of New Zealand First party’s Shane Jones on her Twitter account , which shows him holding up what looks like a picture of a Muslim woman in a black niqab peppered with bullet holes.
In the original image, which was uploaded to Facebook by Jones’ wife Dot, he is seen holding a generic target which indicates his shooting skills.
What does this tweet SAY?. About Hannah Tamaki pic.twitter.com/ObtIxMm9dC— Brendan Kelly (@brendankellol) October 17, 2019
Even though Tamaki removed the post shortly after the Newshub website contacted her, many Twitter users managed to see the fake and express their indignation about her “appalling” move.
Someone should remind her of the ninth commandment. https://t.co/HaXcQ5wcfm— Peter Sime (@petesime) October 18, 2019
thought she was religious.— don (@donr_1) October 18, 2019
Just when you thought Hannah Tamaki couldn't sink any lower, this happens https://t.co/ugDg5lcXYh— KOSH (@koshrecords) October 17, 2019
God is going to punish Hannah for lying.— Everyday Kiwi (@JasonHitchen2) October 18, 2019
What was she thinking. Fake news is lying Hannah.— Ko Ess ahau (@essigna) October 18, 2019
Hannah Tamaki shares fake image of Shane Jones shooting a Muslim woman, Asked if Tamaki checked whether it was real or not before posting it, Anne Williamson, spokesperson for Tamaki said "convincing posts go up on Facebook every day" Convincing posts? now we know there lying— phil i am (@555333Phil) October 18, 2019
Please dont share this. It is appalling.— Madeleine Taylor (@MadFTaylor) October 18, 2019
“God is going to punish Hannah for lying,” one user tweeted, while another wrote, “just when you thought Hannah Tamaki couldn't sink any lower, this happens.”
When asked whether Tamaki checked if the Jones photo was real before posting it, Tamaki spokesperson Anne Williamson told Newshub that "convincing posts go up on Facebook every day".
"But to be clear... she was not making a comment about Shane Jones or Muslim women. Definitely, that's not her and she wouldn't condone that at all. It was about a minister of the Crown who's participated in the making of a law where good, honest Kiwis have had their semi-automatic rifles taken from them, and he's on Facebook touting a semi-automatic rifle,” Williamson added.
You can’t house people in detention centres. that’s not what they thought they were coming to. It’s disgraceful. Costing NZers 100k each per year. Do the homework before they come here, you lock them up like criminals unless they are. Sad??NZers aren’t informed. pic.twitter.com/FUJTHJ8fFZ— Hannah Tamaki (@hrhtamaki) October 18, 2019
Earlier this month, Tamaki faced racism charges after she called for paying refugees to prompt them stay at home rather than come to New Zealand.