He’s always been a funny bloke, our Bob Katter. The Far North Queensland politician has some extreme policies (most of them ghastly), a history of truly bizarre campaign ads, and he’s famously anti-marriage equality.
So it shouldn’t really be surprising that it was a question on the overwhelming YES result of the postal survey that appears to have sent him flying over the edge.
Published on Twitter by the ABC‘s Insiders program, the footage shows Katter mid-press conference, seeming to be not mad at all about the postal survey result – in fact, he’s laughing, actually – before his demeanour suddenly and startlingly devolves into glowering seriousness and he starts talking about crocodiles.
Are we witnessing the sudden dissolution of the man’s grasp on reality? Or is Bob Katter really just a very, very strange man who’s never had to check that his public speaking brain filters are properly installed? I’m going with the second one, because good lord it’s entertaining.
— Insiders ABC (@InsidersABC) November 18, 2017
And the nation is absolutely mesmerized by the mid-sentence deportment 180.
Something very loose in the top paddock ( of the continent i mean)
— Duncan McNab (@DuncanMcNab) November 19, 2017
bob katter goes from cascading exuberance to thunderous grimdark on a dime. it’s juilliard. it’s branagh. it’s inside the actors studio
— Tiger Webb (@tfswebb) November 19, 2017
We live in the greatest country on Earth. https://t.co/GVY9E9YiYu
— Adam Liaw (@adamliaw) November 19, 2017
This video honestly encompasses the whole spectrum of human emotion in a tidy 20 seconds https://t.co/wfS329QM46
— jonno revanche (@jonnoxrevanche) November 19, 2017
goes from 0-100 instantly lmao 1 second he’s happy the 2nd he’s like yah nah fuck off cunt https://t.co/uazkW9r256
— dzeno (@dzenovsik) November 19, 2017
The whole thing is basically this gif, but in reverse:
It’s the spiritual successor to A Current Affair‘s crazy dog man:
It’s proof beyond a doubt that we, as a nation, are truly and irreparably cooked. We wish Mr Katter all the best in channeling the force of those mood swings into some kind of croc-seeking weaponry.