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Victorian Liberal frontbencher Bernie Finn posts Trump election conspiracy theories to Facebook


A conservative Victorian MP has published pro-Trump conspiracy theories on his private Facebook page, falsely claiming the United States’ President has been “improperly” removed from office.

On the morning of chaotic scenes at the US Capitol, the private Facebook page of Western Metropolitan region Liberal MP Bernie Finn also shared a quote from former United States president Ronald Reagan that calls on citizens to fight for freedom.

Mr Finn is a supporter of Mr Trump and his private page, from which the two recent posts were published, often shares conspiracy theories supporting him.

As riots unfolded across the Capitol campus, Facebook, Twitter and YouTube pulled down social media posts by Mr Trump, in which he repeated his baseless claims of election fraud.

On Wednesday, before the planned congressional confirmation of President-elect Joe Biden, Mr Finn wrote on his private Facebook page that Donald Trump would make history within the next 12 hours for one of two reasons.

He would either “fight off a concerted effort by globalists, big corporations, big media, the Washington Establishment and the mad Left to improperly remove him from the Oval Office”, or he would “succumb to … Deep State forces — but not before exposing the massive corruption undermining the American political system”.

Bernie Finn writes that Donald Trump set an excellent example for international leaders.
Mr Finn wrote that Mr Trump had set a “wonderful example” of leadership during his presidency.(Supplied)

The Braybrook-based MP, who holds shadow ministerial positions and is the Liberal whip in the Victorian Upper House, ended the post by saying Americans would be grateful to the President.

“He set a wonderful example to every other national leader by putting America first,” Mr Finn said.

On Thursday morning, while Trump supporters were storming the congressional building in Washington, the Capitol, Mr Finn took to his private Facebook page again urging his followers to read a quote of former Republican president Ronald Reagan.

“The people of the United States would be well advised to remember these words of a very wise man and great President,” he wrote above a picture of Reagan and an excerpt from a speech delivered in 1967.

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction,” the quoted extract begins.

Bernie Finn posts an image of Ronald Reagan with a quote about fighting for freedom to his Facebook page.
Mr Finn shared the words from Ronald Reagan on Thursday morning, as Mr Trump’s supporters stormed the Capitol.(Supplied)

“We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.”

The ABC is not suggesting Mr Finn supported the violence or rioting at the Capitol.

Later on Thursday, Mr Finn’s account shared an article from far-right fringe publication The Washington Times which claimed antifa activists had “infiltrated” the protesters who stormed the Capitol.

“This shouldn’t surprise anyone. This is far more Antifa than Trump,” Mr Finn’s post read.

The claims, which have been repeated by some of Mr Trump’s Republican allies, have been described as “evidence-free” by NBC News and declared false by the New York Times’s fact-checking coverage.

Mr Finn has been contacted for comment.

Colleagues slam Mr Finn’s ‘fruitcake’ commentary

Senior Liberal sources suggested Mr Finn was irritating swathes of his own party with his social media posts and questioned whether Opposition Leader Michael O’Brien could continue to support him.

“Instead of pushing and pursuing wild conspiracy theories, Bernie should go back into his office and try and help us in the western suburbs,” one senior Liberal source said.

Another Liberal colleague described him as “a fruitcake”.

When asked about his comments at an Opposition press conference, Shadow Minister for Tourism Cindy McLeish said she had not seen the posts but made clear she did not support baseless conspiracy theories about the “fair and square” US election result.

“I haven’t seen Bernie’s post today, the situation that we have in the USA is just … there’s no words for it, it’s an appalling situation,” she said.

“I think it’s very embarrassing for America … Biden needs to just, you know, take hold of the White House.”

Ms McLeish said she wanted to see Mr Finn’s posts for herself and the party would be able to speak to him about the matter “at the appropriate time”.

In the aftermath of the election in November last year, federal Nationals backbencher George Christensen promoted claims of electoral fraud and cheating on his Facebook account.

Today, Prime Minister Scott Morrison was asked whether he condemned the promotion of those views in light of the US riots.

“Australia’s a free country,” Mr Morrison replied.

“There’s such a thing as freedom of speech in this country. And that will continue.”



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