Justin Trudeau lashed out at a heckler who called his wife a “wh*re” during an election photo op in Canada today.
The Liberal Prime Minister was preparing for an open-air conversation with journalists when a man began insulting him – repeatedly swearing and threatening to fight him.
Trudeau usually stood inactive, but after his wife was called, he lost his cool and shouted back, “Isn’t there a hospital you should meddle with now?”
The 49-year-old, who called snap elections last month in hopes of securing a third term in office, has been pursued by protesters who have flung slogans and anti-vaccination slogans at him and him and his supporters on the campaign trail.
Just two weeks ago, Trudeau had vowed to ignore them and “respond to anger with compassion,” but lashed out amid polls showing he is neck and neck with conservative challenger Erin O’Toole — 32 percent to 31 percent.
Justin Trudeau was harassed on the campaign trail by a protester who called his wife a ‘wh*re’, prompting him to shout back, ‘Isn’t there a hospital you should worry about?’
Trudeau tried to sit down for an interview with journalists at the time of being interviewed, but was forced to go inside after the man continued to berate the abuser.
The last call took place outside the offices of the Global News network in Burnaby, British Columbia, as Trudeau sat down to chat with journalists.
A man wearing a dark T-shirt and jeans started berating the Prime Minister and telling him, ‘Come on, I’m here. f***. You damn chickens***.’
At another time he shouted, ‘Where’s your wife? I heard she’s a whore.’
Mr. Trudeau then shot back, before the protester added, “You also need a third dose, let’s go do it together.”
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has accompanied her husband on several campaign stops, but was not present on Tuesday when the abuse took place.
Trudeau and the reporters finally decided to move their interrogation indoors after consulting with the police, CBC reported.
Trudeau, who failed to secure a majority in the 2019 election but kept his job as head of a coalition government, called for snap elections in August this year, with the vote set to take place on September 20.
Trudeau called and snap elections hoping to win majority, but now threatens to lose his job to conservative challenger Erin O’Toole
With polls showing him a five-point lead, Trudeau had hoped to win a majority based on his handling of the Covid pandemic.
But instead, at multiple campaign stops, he’s been met by angry anti-Vax protesters and conspiracy theorists who label the virus a “hoax.”
Moderate voters were also angry that he called elections amid a pandemic, while doctors warned that a fourth wave of infections is underway.
His support has since declined, with voters now neck and neck with the relatively unknown conservative leader O’Toole.
The abuse was so serious that one of Trudeau’s demonstrations had to be canceled because the police could not guarantee the safety of his supporters.
Mr. Trudeau was due to take the stage in Ontario on August 27, but the rally was crushed by a crowd waving ‘F*** Trudeau’ banners and chanting obscenities.
After a two-hour delay, it was announced that he would not appear on stage.
At another rally, he was pelted with gravel by even more anti-vax protesters.
Mr Trudeau has been chased by angry protesters on the campaign trail, who charged at him through gravel last week and forced him to cancel a rally
Protest crowds consisted in part of anti-vaxxers angered by laws mandating jabs for government employees, alongside conspiracy theorists
He later spoke of the outburst of anger — saying it’s the worst he’s seen on the campaign trail, while vowing to “face that anger with compassion.”
Protesters have largely responded to laws Trudeau passed that require federal workers to be vaccinated against Covid, along with transportation workers and travelers.
He has also proposed laws that would make it a crime for protesters to block access to medical facilities amid a spate of Covid demonstrations outside hospitals.
Insiders blame what they call an initially low-energy campaign and the inevitable political baggage Trudeau has amassed since taking office six years ago by promising “sunny roads.”
“I wish he hadn’t mentioned it,” a Liberal insider said of Trudeau’s decision to seek elections two years before the end of his term.
Trudeau says he needs a new mandate to ensure Canadians approve his plan to get the country past the coronavirus pandemic.
The liberals, whose fiscal policies before the pandemic already exceed 23 percent of GDP, are planning billions in new spending to support economic recovery if reelected.