There are already rumours of anger coming out of National after Muller’s treachery.
Remember, this wasn’t a coup to realign policy, this was a coup by Backbenchers frightened they would lose their jobs.
The growing suspicion that Hooton and Muller planned this for sometime is generating real anger and Muller has had to come out and actively confront it barely one weekend into the job…
National Party leader Todd Muller is set to unveil his new line-up today but Simon Bridges’ fate is hanging after Muller rebuffed Bridges’ request for the foreign affairs portfolio.
Muller told the Herald he expected to set out the reshuffle of his caucus and his office today, and said that how people voted in the leadership election would not be a factor in his decision making.
He also warned that National MPs did not have time “to brood” with an election four months away.
The Herald has learned that Bridges was originally offered the justice portfolio, but has rejected it and instead asked for foreign affairs.
…when you have to actively tell those you’ve just stabbed not “to brood”, things aren’t looking great.
It looks like Muller planned to steal the leadership but didn’t have much else lined up which is extraordinary for a Party with less than 4 months till the election.
Muller’s clumsy mealy-mouthed explanation for his bloody Trump hat suggests a chap who has no bloody clue what he’s doing…
After Muslim groups criticised its presence, Muller said it did not reflect any admiration of Trump or his views.
“I’ve been asked directly do I support President Trump’s style, and I say ‘not at all’.
“I find his style of politics appalling.
“Hopefully they can understand I am a respectful person, and that my collection of political paraphernalia doesn’t in any way seek to align myself to any particular political positioning of any individuals offshore.”
Asked if it was wise to publicly describe Trump as “appalling” given Muller might one day be prime minister while Trump was President, Muller said he did not think Trump would be bothered.
…you don’t think someone as thin skinned as Trump will take offence at being described as ‘appalling’? Are you paying attention Todd? You wouldn’t be in this position if you weren’t such a spoiled brat about your political trophy in the first place!
It feels like Hooton’s ambition has bitten off more than Muller can chew.
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