Australia’s new national TV presenter has hit back at the suggestion he has a Trump-like face.
In a video on Instagram, Josh Thomas posted a photo of himself and his family wearing a Trump mask, and captioned it: “I don’t care who’s president, I am not going to be the one with Trump’s big eyes.”
The caption was accompanied by the words “I am not racist” and “I can’t stand Trump”.
Mr Thomas, who is from the Sydney suburb of Mount Gambier, is an executive producer on the popular local TV show, The One Show, which airs on ABC TV.
In the video, he also posted a picture of himself wearing a Donald Trump mask and wrote: “The truth is, I’m not racist.
But you guys know that’s not the truth.”
The video has since been deleted.
“I’m not going anywhere with the Trump mask on.
That’s not what I stand for,” Mr Thomas told news.com.au.
“It’s a little ridiculous.”
“People are going to say, ‘Oh, is this just an Australian thing?’
“Trump is a complete racist, it’s just not a big deal. “
I’m a big believer in the idea that racism is not real.” “
Trump is a complete racist, it’s just not a big deal.
I’m a big believer in the idea that racism is not real.”
In response to the video Mr Thomas said he was “just trying to get to the point where I’m really able to have a laugh at my expense”.
Mr Tomkins said he “wasn’t intending to offend anyone”.
“It was purely a joke,” he said.
“We’re just showing off.”
‘No racist, I just want to be funny’ In response, Mr Thomas took to Twitter to claim that he was joking.
“There is no racism, no prejudice or hate in me,” he wrote.
“The fact I’m American is what matters.”
He also added that he did not want to “be a racist to anybody”.
“I just want people to laugh at me.
I just think it would have been a silly thing to do, to be honest,” he told newscom.com, “but it is what it is.”
‘I don`t think racism is real’ ‘I was just trying to do a joke’ In an interview with news.co.uk, Mr Tomkin said he thought the “troll” comment was “a bit ridiculous”.
He said he would “take a punch” if anyone was offended, but added he “would not be offended” by the suggestion that he had a “Trump-like” face.
I am a big proponent of multiculturalism,” he added.
“But I am certainly not racist.”
In a statement to news.net.au, The ABC’s political editor, Alex Neve, said Mr Thomas’ post was “totally inappropriate”.
“The comments in Josh Thomas’ video are deeply offensive,” he read.
“If you have any questions about Josh’s views or beliefs, they are entirely his own.” “
In an article published on the website of the Australian Council of Social Service, Mr Neve said he had spoken to Mr Thomas and “made clear to him that his comments did not reflect the views of the Council.” “
If you have any questions about Josh’s views or beliefs, they are entirely his own.”
In an article published on the website of the Australian Council of Social Service, Mr Neve said he had spoken to Mr Thomas and “made clear to him that his comments did not reflect the views of the Council.”
“Josh is an outspoken and passionate advocate for social justice in Australia, and is one of the most outspoken voices for social change in the country,” Mr Neave said.
He added that Mr Thomas was “absolutely” not racist and that his views were “completely consistent with what many Australians believe”.
“We take seriously any comments made by people who are anti-racism or anti-discrimination, but we do not condone comments that are racist,” Mr Nesve said.
ABC reporter and commentator, Paul O’Connor, has previously said that Mr Tomassey was “not racist”.
“He’s a brilliant guy,” Mr O’Connor told newsorg.au in March.
He added: “He has a brilliant career ahead of him, he’s a great guy.” “
What we need in the 21st century is a generation of Australians who have confidence in their intelligence and not just in their ability to do it.”
He added: “He has a brilliant career ahead of him, he’s a great guy.”
Mr OcConnor said the Trump-Trump video had sparked an online backlash from “left-wingers and racists”.
“What they’re doing is creating a toxic environment for people who feel the need to express themselves about racism and