Called Out

New Zealand deputy PM fires back at American COVID-denier: ‘Sit down, sunshine’

During a campaign rally in the city of Tauranga this week, New Zealand’s First Party leader Winston Peters was confronted by a man who demanded Peters show evidence that the coronavirus is real.

“Where’s your evidence that there is a virus that causes the disease?” the man said, reading from a printout he apparently found on the internet.

“Sit down, sit down,” the deputy prime minister shot back. “We’ve got someone who obviously got an education in America — 220,000 people have died in the U.S., there are eight million cases to date.”

“We’ve got 79,000 cases just today, probably in India, and here is someone who gets up and says ‘the Earth is flat.’” Peters continued. “Sorry, sunshine, wrong place.”

As the Daily Beast points out, New Zealand has recorded 1,800 positive tests and 25 deaths, according to figures from Johns Hopkins University. The U.S.has tallied over 7,800,000 cases and 215,000 deaths.

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