Amid today’s Liberal Party spill motion and the threat to Tony Abbott’s role as prime minister, the hashtag #ImStickingWithTony sprang up, but it was quickly taken over by Abbott’s haters. Hilarity ensued.
At first, the hashtag #ImStickingWithTony signified the proclamation of alliance and support towards the nation’s much-criticised leader, Prime Minister Tony Abbott.
Supporters were sharing words of encouragement despite the Liberal Party’s recent struggles in the polls and their loss of seats in both Victoria and Queensland, as well as credibility along the way.
But the noble cause of support didn’t last long, as the hashtag was overtaken by those who have been willing Tony out since he first came into power, as well as those who have recently had enough of his leadership.
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Instead of the hashtag showcasing why Prime Minister Abbott should retain his position, it became a funny, but ultimately embarrassing, look at some of his most infamous gaffes during his leadership and beyond.
Tony Abbott has since survived the spill, but the tweets are still coming in.
“#ImStickingWithTony because I missed the 1950s the first time around,” one Twitter user quipped.
“#ImStickingWithTony because gay muslim refugee Aborigines are trying to destroy the sanctity of Andrew Bolt’s right to marry free speech,” joked another.
Here are some of the best hacks of #ImStickingWithTony we’ve seen.
On women’s issues:
#ImStickingWithTony because I don't have time to be worried about the planet or human rights with all this ironing to do
— Helen Fry (@frythehelen) February 8, 2015
"@e2mq173: #ImStickingWithTony because as Minister for Women he takes personal interest in them. http://t.co/dX6rr1geNT" Yes. Both of them.
— Ming The Merciless (@MGliksmanMDPhD) February 7, 2015
#ImStickingWithTony because as a woman I don't really understand politics.
— Kerri Sackville (@KerriSackville) February 7, 2015
#ImStickingWithTony because no other politician has done so much to bring ironing into public discourse
— Dr Rachel Buchanan (@rayedish) February 7, 2015
On the truth behind media and politics:
#ImStickingWithTony 'cause when he's gone my job is done and I'll quit Twitter.
— Margo Kingston (@margokingston1) February 7, 2015
#ImStickingWithTony because my columns write themselves when he's around.
— John Birmingham (@JohnBirmingham) February 7, 2015
#imstickingwithtony because every time he does something stupid we get more subscribers #butwealwaysneedmore http://t.co/FHdCaWFTCZ
— newmatilda (@newmatilda) February 7, 2015
His political gaffes:
#ImStickingWithTony because statistically, he’s due to do something right any day now
— Chris Wainhouse (@ChrisWainhouse) February 7, 2015
#ImStickingWithTony because he needs to finish off his important work of knighting the royal family.
— Dave Donovan (@davrosz) February 7, 2015
And a bit of cyber bullying in there for good measure:
#ImStickingWithTony because no one else will… pic.twitter.com/eNDk3xUfne
— Roisin O'Reilly (@RoshOR) February 7, 2015
#ImStickingWithTony because it's the closest encounter with a living dinosaur most of us will ever have.
— Van Badham (@vanbadham) February 7, 2015
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