The best form of defence is attack, at least if you’re the leader of a controversial minor political party.
Things got heated on the Today show on Thursday morning when One Nation leader Pauline Hanson was welcomed onto the show.
With the Federal election now just hours away, Today co-host Deborah Knight asked Hanson: “The latest Newspoll, it shows support for One Nation collapsing to four per cent, on par with Clive Palmer’s party.
“In light of all the things you’ve faced, all the scandals, all the things that have been going on, can you really blame people for having their doubts about One Nation and considering Clive (Palmer) over you?”
Unsurprisingly, the One Nation leader was far from impressed.
After briefly addressing the question, Hanson decided to give it right back to Knight and the show’s post-Stefanovic era team.
“I’ve actually gone up since the last election, unlike your show Deb,” she quipped back.
“So, should you hand over your job or should we bring Karl back?
She also used the interview to criticise Palmer, who is currently in Fiji.
“Clive’s not going around the country supporting his candidates, he’s not interested in the country, Clive Palmer is only interested in himself,” she said.
Hanson took to social media following the confrontation.
“I got a little fired up in this interview but when the media attacks you have to hit back,” she said in a Facebook post.
“Funny how they deleted my comments about their terrible ratings from the videos they put out on twitter and Facebook. Just goes to show you can’t trust the media to let you know what really happened!”