I blogged on this new Right Wing Troll Army and their Dirty Politics over the weekend and now the NZ Police have officially come out with a statement saying the disgusting dirty politics smears being used against Clarke Gayford are totally false…
Jacinda Ardern’s partner Clarke Gayford has been under an unprecedented assault of baseless rumour and false innuendo with the apparent intent of dragging down the Prime Minister.
For the past seven months, Gayford has been the subject – on social media and via word of mouth – of untrue allegations and accusations.
The sheer scale and nature of the claims have led to Police Commissioner Mike Bush taking the extraordinary step of signing off a media release that rejects the speculation.
The Police National Headquarters statement said: “While in general we do not respond to enquiries which seek to confirm if individuals are under police investigation, on this occasion we can say that Mr Gayford is not and has not been the subject of any police inquiry, nor has he been charged in relation to any matter.”
Exhaustive inquiries by the Herald have found no substance to the false rumours.
Gayford said he did not want to comment.
The Prime Minister told the Herald: “I won’t comment on dirty politics. It’s just not what I’m here for.”
The Herald and Newstalk ZB have in recent months received many “tips” reporting variations of the speculation. The false rumours have also travelled by word-of-mouth through business, legal, media, political and social circles – and have been published on social media platforms.
…it is my belief that right wing operatives have built a Troll Army to propagate hateful lies and spread them through social media.
Dirty Politics did not end with the decline in direct influence of Whaleoil and Kiwiblog.