Comment: Perussuomalaiset MP Teuvo Hakkarainen, who became known nationally and internationally for his racist gaffes, has done it again. PS chairman Timo Soini was reported by tabloid Ilta-Sanomat to “be enraged” upon reading about Hakkarainen’s latest racist slurs in Jämsän Seutu.
The MP from Viitasaari was quoted as saying in the Central Finland local paper that “niggers” should be sent to work in the forests because the market squares in Helsinki are crowded with these type of people.
Black and gay Green MP, Jani Toivola, was naturally one of many Finns who was taken aback by Hakkarainen’s comments, according to MTV3.
“I belong to the same group (that Hakkarainen is referring to) and I have heard these types of words all my life,” said Toivola. “In my opinion it’s strange that not even grown-ups can shake off such words from their language.”
MPs like Hakkarainen have become a liability to the PS because they erode credibility from the party. For one, it has kept far-right Suomen Sisu MPs like Jussi Halla-aho from making provocative statements against immigrants.
Perussuomalaisten puheenjohtaja Timo Soini joutuu taas puuttumaan kansanedustaja Teuvo Hakkaraisen (p) ulkomaalaispuheisiin, kertoo Ilta-Sanomat.