Celebrity chef Pete Evans has hinted he might go into politics, joining former One Nation senator Rod Culleton’s new venture, The Great Australian Party.
The former My Kitchen Rules judge, controversial for his Covid-denying anti-vaxxer stance and support for conspiracy theories, posted the Great Australian Party (GAP) logo to his Instagram on Friday Morning.
He coupled it with a famous quote from 18th century political philosopher Edmund Burke: ‘The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing’.
Controversial celebrity chef Pete Evans posted this message to his Instagram on Friday seemingly confirming to his 276,000 followers that he plans to run for the Senate
Pete Evans earlier posted the logo of the GAP, a party founded in 2019 by former One Nation senator Rodney Culleton, and which wants to abolish personal income tax
This was followed by a cryptic hint for his 276,000 followers of an announcement to come next week.
On Friday evening, Evans shared a screenshot of a story on his future political aspirations from online newspaper The New Daily.
It showed Evans superimposed on the federal Senate floor with the headline: ‘What Pete Evans did next … stand by for a leap into politics’.
On the post, he wrote that 2020 had been a year of ‘clear vision’ and claimed many people had witnessed corruption from big tech, mainstream media and the medical industry.
He wrote that 2021 would be the year to evolve as ‘many solutions are emerging’.
‘We all have our parts to play, and ways to help each other through this period in our own unique and special ways,’ he wrote.
Pete Evans has been booted off social media platforms for his controversial views but he may now team up with microparty GAP to run for the Senate
The GAP was founded by former senator Rodney Culleton who resigned from One Nation days before the Federal Court held him bankrupt in December 2016.
He then sat as an independent, but in February 2017 the High Court found the Western Australian had been ineligible to be elected due to a criminal charge for larceny in NSW, for which a guilty finding was later annulled.
Referring to himself as a ‘senator-in-exile’, the colourful figure founded the GAP in 2019, with policies that include abolishing both the Family Court of Australia, the Reserve Bank and personal income tax.
Mr Culleton intends to run for the Senate with the GAP in the next federal election along with several other candidates – which may include Evans.
The micro party may be a political fit for the former =chef who has been evicted from social media platforms for his controversial views.
Rodney Culleton, pictured in 2017, was a One Nation senator for Western Australia until he was declared bankrupt and the High Court found he was ineligible to be elected due to a criminal charge for which he was found guilty in absentia. The conviction was later annulled
Evans, 48, was booted off Facebook last month after posting misinformation about the pandemic.
‘We don’t allow anyone to share misinformation about COVID-19 that could lead to imminent physical harm or COVID-19 vaccines that have been debunked by public health experts,’ a Facebook company spokesperson told 9News in December.
‘We have clear policies against this type of content and we’ve removed Chef Pete Evans’ Facebook Page for repeated violations of these policies.’
Before having his page removed, Evans said he was quitting the platform and moving to social media site Parler – whose website is now down after corporate giant Amazon used its web division to cut Parler off the internet.
Pete Evans posted a quote to Instagram by political philosopher Edmund Burke along with his hints about joining politics
The conspiracy theorist has also been removed from Spotify.
This month he shared a string of posts about U.S. President Donald Trump, after Trump supporters violently clashed with police in a futile attempt to stop Joe Biden’s victory being certified on Capitol Hill.
One such post was a screenshot of a podcast titled ‘Patriots knew the playbook, taking back the country was never going to be easy, buckle up’, alongside a photo of Trump giving a thumbs-up.
Evans has rarely been out of the headlines over the past year, thanks to his habit of promoting conspiracy theories on social media.
He was dropped by a string of companies and pulled from the line-up of Channel 10’s I’m a Celebrity… Get Me Out of Here! in November for posting a neo-Nazi meme on Facebook.
Daily Mail Australia has emailed Evans to seek right of reply.