Pete Evans praises MP Craig Kelly – who calls mask laws child abuse and uses his Facebook page to spruik controversial Covid treatments – as a ‘beautiful and courageous man’ while he promotes their upcoming podcast
- Pete Evans heaped praise on Craig Kelly as he touted podcast with rogue MP
- Disgraced TV judge revealed he’d had a 90-minute conversation with Mr Kelly
- Evans has repeatedly spread conspiracies and misinformation about the virus
- MP has questioned need for a Covid vaccine and touted discredited treatment
- Evans called politician and controversial vaccine skeptic ‘beyond courageous’
Disgraced celebrity chef Pete Evans has heaped praise on rogue Liberal MP Craig Kelly as he promoted a coronavirus podcast they co-host.
The former My Kitchen Rules judge revealed on Monday evening he’d had a 90-minute conversation with Mr Kelly – who he described as ‘beautiful and beyond courageous’.
Evans – who was axed from the cooking show by Channel Seven in May – is an outspoken anti-vaxxer who repeatedly spread misinformation about the virus online.
Pete Evans pictured with his wife Nicola. The disgraced TV chef has promoted a podcast about coronavirus with rogue Liberal MP Craig Kelly
Mr Kelly, meanwhile, has questioned the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines and promoted the discredited theory hydroxychloroquine can be used to treat the deadly virus.
‘Just spent a great 90 minutes talking with this beautiful and courageous man,’ Evans wrote on Instagram – announcing the podcast would be available from Tuesday.
‘Craig Kelly MP is sharing the truth over and over again and keeps moving forward without fear.’
‘You my friend are a hero to many Australians and I look forward to sharing a meal with you… perhaps in Canberra in the not too distant future.’
Mr Kelly confirmed his appearance on the podcast to multiple media outlets and defended his decision to associate himself with the controversial TV personality.
Evans was banned from Facebook in December for repeatedly ‘violating’ the site’s policies on Covid-19 misinformation and has since had his podcast deleted by Apple and Spotify.
The former My Kitchen Rules judge shared a screenshot of the soon-to-be-released podcast and said on Monday evening he’d had a 90-minute conversation with Mr Kelly
‘Just spent a great 90 minutes talking with this beautiful and courageous man,’ Evans wrote on Instagram
‘I basically said to Pete Evans, “I disagree with what you say and I disagree with some of the things you’ve posted, however I defend your right to say those things”,’ Mr Kelly told The New Daily.
‘If you’re posting wrong ideas, those ideas should be debated and challenged, rather than censored. That’s the way, in a democratic society, you get to the truth.’
Powerbrokers in Mr Kelly’s south Sydney electorate are brewing plans to run an independent candidate against the backbencher at the next federal election.
They accuse him of focusing on conspiracy theories instead of the community he represents.
Mr Kelly in parliament in August. The controversial MP has questioned the effectiveness of Covid-19 vaccines and promoted the discredited coronavirus treatment hydroxychloroquine
Mr Kelly has previously referred to an anti-vaxxer doctor in the US who then admitted to attending the riots at Washington’s Capitol building last month.
He has also compared mandatory masks in schools to a form of child abuse.
In December, the federal minister questioned medical experts’ approval of a Covid-19 vaccine and said he wanted to see more ‘evidence’ before he will get the jab.
‘On the evidence I have seen, I don’t think there’s any necessity,’ Mr Kelly told 9News.
Mr Kelly said he would be apprehensive at having an injection even if a drug was approved by the Therapeutic Goods Administration.
Evans is an outspoken anti-vaxxer who has repeatedly spread misinformation about the virus online
‘I want to weigh up all the evidence and make sure the decision I make, the decision for myself and for family, and if I am asked to advise my constituents, is made in what I believe is the best evidence,’ Mr Kelly said.
The 57-year-old questioned why a vaccine was necessary when Australia had almost completely eradicated coronavirus.
He was also skeptical about the experts guiding the country’s response to the deadly virus.
‘We have seen the so-called experts in immunology at the start of the COVID outbreak tell us the numbers were going to escalate through the roof, and we see they were simply wrong,’ he said.