Jacinda Ardern, the prime minister of New Zealand, got herself into controversy after she was overheard on a hot mic making a derogatory remark about a rival politician.
David Seymour, the head of the libertarian ACT party, was the focus of the remark as he grilled Ardern on the performance of her administration.
On December 13 in Parliament, Jacinda Ardern referred David asas a “arrogant prick” while speaking under her breath, but the microphones picked it up.
After the rounds of questions, Ardern, who is renowned for maintaining her composure while arguing, became anxious.
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Although the prime minister’s comments were barely audible, the desk microphone on her desk picked them up in the background when House Speaker Adrian Rurawhe spoke.
The fact that Ardern made the remark was not contested by her office, and staff employees informed the Associated Press that she had apologised to Seymour.