Todd Muller has shown that when the foul winds of Twitter outrage blow he bends like a blade of grass instead of standing resolute and undeterred.

The National Party’s new leader has defended the presence of a ‘MAGA’ hat in his office, saying it’s not indicative of his views. 

Yeah because he doesn’t want to upset the wets and luvvies howling with outrage. To me, it shows that he lacks courage, but then again I’ve always known that.

While he’s been talking about toning down the ultra-partisan approach of his predecessor, eyebrows have been raised at the Bay of Plenty MP’s choice of office decor. 

A profile on Muller published by The Spinoff in September last year included a photo of souvenirs he picked up while in the US in 2016 – including one of Donald Trump‘s signature ‘Make America Great Again’ hats. 

The photo was shared widely on social media on Friday night after Muller took the reins, with many shocked a New Zealand political leader would not just own, but display, such a divisive object.

Oh please. It’s a hat, it’s only divisive in the feeble minds of shouty leftists. Instead of saying ‘So what?’ to them all, he instead shows what a political weasel he is. The same people screeching about the hat would probably have Che Guevara t-shirts on the floor of their bedsit.

“I don’t know what the intention was in Todd Muller buying a MAGA hat and what was behind the decision to display in his office,” one person tweeted. “I do know what MAGA hats symbolise. Hate. Indifference. Rage. Fear. Hatred of women.”

“Muller says he just has the MAGA hat because it’s ‘crazy times’ and it was some sort of souvenir, but does anyone believe that if Bernie Sanders won he would have a Bernie hat,” said another. “Obviously not, so it was a political choice of hat.”

Muller told Newshub Nation on Saturday morning he’s just “a little bit of an American political junkie”, and that’s why he has the MAGA hat.

“I got one of those, and I got a Hillary Clinton badge. I’ve got them both in my office. But for some reason, the Hillary Clinton badge never gets looked at. Everyone sees the MAGA cap and somehow reaches a conclusion that perhaps is where my sympathies lie.”

I wouldn’t have anything from Hillary Clinton in my collection, nor would I have attended her convention like Muller did. You just know that he would have clapped and cheered along with the Democrats, and I’ll wager he even hoped Clinton would win.

He’s just shown how weak and wet he really is.

A real centre-right politician would have been proud to display such a hat. Here is how you actually do it:

Displayed with pride, beside my copy of Dirty Politics, lovingly shot to pieces by the WOGC.

I have another book to frame, which is going to get blasted by my cannon. Now that’s how a real conservative rolls.

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