Perussuomalaiset (PS) party secretary Riikka Slunga-Poutsalo put her two cents on tabloid Ilta-Sanomat Tuesday by stating that Antti Rinne is guilty of hate speech against her party. One matter is an MP filing police charges against a person for having an opinion and the other is for the party leadership to back such action.
Migrant Tales reported Monday that PS MP Kaj Turunen had filed charges against Rinne for ”ethnic agitation” because he had stated on a Helsingin Sanomat interviews that the right-wing populist party had no scruples and therefore was open to racism and fascism.
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The reaction of the PS to Rinne’s statement is one of the party’s deceptions exposed in the raw.
Since much of the party’s support comes from Finnish males who feel excluded and victims of society, Rinne’s comment sits well with the image the party wants to give voters. “The image that the party wants to reinforce is that of a socially excluded [male] victim who is misunderstood and has no voice,” a university professor told Migrant Tales.
Sensible people understand that what Turunen did and what Slunga-Poutsalo condoned is ludicrous from a legal standpoint. We know that the PS is a political party not an ethnic group or religious minority that needs protection from hate speech.
The present incident, which will be forgotten by many but not by Migrant Tales, is another example of the tragic-comic performance by the PS. It not only shows how lost ideologically and susceptible they are to racism and fascism, but to shameless opportunism as well.
It reinforces our view that the PS are a political menace to Finland.