David Leyonhjelm calls PM ‘a pussy’ over Hanson-Young fallout

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David Leyonhjelm has hit back at Malcolm Turnbull’s calls for him to apologise to Sarah Hanson-Young, saying he “should stop being such a pussy”.

Independent senator Mr Leyonhjelm’s comments were made in an interview with SBS News on Tuesday.

They followed the prime minister’s calls for Senator Leyonhjelm to apologise for telling Greens senator Ms Hanson-Young to “stop shagging men” during a debate in federal parliament last week.

“The Senate is a robust place, all kinds of language gets used in [there],” the NSW Liberal Democratic Party Senator told SBS News.

“I think the Prime Minister is being a bit disingenuous if he hasn’t heard that [sort of language] in the House of Representatives before.”

Senator Leyonhjelm said his comments came in reaction to what he claims is Senator Hanson-Young’s “misandry”, meaning an ingrained prejudice against men.

“This is about misandry. The prime minister should stop being such a pussy. This is about criticism of all men. It’s just as bad as criticism of all women.”

Senator Leyonhjelm claimed that Senator Hanson-Young “thinks all men are responsible for violence against women.”

“That’s offensive to men”, he said, and that prompted his remarks.

He said he “won’t be apologising or withdrawing” his remarks unless certain conditions are met.

“I’ve nominated conditions under which I would apologise, they include an acknowledgement by Sarah Hanson-Young that not all men are responsible for crimes that are perpetrated by some violent people, that we are individually responsible for what we do, and that women should be entitled to carry measures for their own protection and self-defence,” he said.

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