Remember when the marriage equality postal survey put the rights of queer people up for debate in a non-binding plebiscite for something that already had the numbers in parliament to be legislated directly anyway? Malcolm Turnbull sure does, and he still thinks he’s top shit because of it.
On Sunday night, rapper/screenwriter/actor Briggs told Turnbull that instead of performatively campaigning from the sidelines on issues like climate change nowadays, he should’ve actually done something while he was the leader of the damn country.
“Imagine you had half the spine you pretend you have now, when you had the job,” Briggs wrote.
To this, Turnbull replied: “Sure, with half a spine I could have legalised same-sex marriage.”
Sure, with half a spine I could have legalised same sex marriage.
— Malcolm Turnbull (@TurnbullMalcolm) January 10, 2021
That’s right. Turnbull reckons his capitulating to the far-right, anti-marriage-equality factions of his own party is somehow proof that he had “a spine”.
We already know that enough MPs supported marriage equality at the time for it to have likely passed through the lower house.
It’s almost as if Turnbull did in fact only have half a spine when he decided to pretty much invent his own electoral process that dragged on for many months and negatively affected the mental health of those who it was supposed to be helping.
Obviously, this meant the man opened himself up to getting severely dacked online:
— not lex (@notlex682) January 10, 2021
You don’t get to claim this as a win. You absolutely do not. https://t.co/Wow1KiIkEu
— Isy Oderberg (@yodaberg) January 10, 2021
lmao the hide of this guy to actually take credit for this. He so badly wants it to be his legacy, when all he’ll be remembered for is fucking up the internet https://t.co/nqZ5PObmqN
— Electric Railfan (@WashletJP) January 10, 2021
— Chris (@stofsk) January 10, 2021
The audacity of claiming this was some kind of act of courage rather than the absolute most damaging, expensive and ineffectual way to pass something (on every level) is truly amazing. https://t.co/QxJHDwM3vU
— Wes Mountain (@therevmountain) January 10, 2021
Turnbull would be that guy actively sabotaging a group project then claiming all the credit at the end when everyone else in the group makes up for his incompetence. A breathtaking attempt at re-writing history. https://t.co/Nu5Zcxrlnb
— Ben Madden (@benmaddenwriter) January 10, 2021
— jackson langford (@jacksonlangford) January 10, 2021
Are you fucking serious? You put our community through hell with the awful and totally unnecessary postal survey. It caused so much harm. Fuck off you spineless bastard. https://t.co/nbPw6QTQ9r
— Shane Bazzi (@shanebazzi) January 10, 2021
You forced an unnecessary and traumatic vote on the people and we campaigned for the win.
You could have held a conscience vote without the plebiscite but preferred to pander to George Christensen et al.
— Giovanni Torre 🇦🇲 (@GiovanniTorre) January 10, 2021
Setting aside the fact he routinely lies trying to take credit for this, no other recent PM has been such an arrogant, pompous dickhead https://t.co/7XtkuKPQI9
— ed (@macaulaybalkan) January 10, 2021
…yeah, you get the point.
The man has a HIDE for continuing to whip out this traumatic bit of political manipulation at every given moment. Thinking that it actually makes him look good just proves how little he’s reflected upon the whole ordeal.
Having a spine would mean directly legislating for marriage equality just like he claimed to support. Instead, the opposite happened.
Malcolm Turnbull, please shut the fuck up.
— thomas violence (@thomas_violence) January 10, 2021