Angry Victorian Catherine Cumming blames dyslexia on Daniel Andrews ‘red mist’ threat

‘Angry Victorian’ politician who said she wanted to see Dan Andrews turned into ‘red mist’ blames the violent comment on being ‘dyslexic’

  • Doctor Catherine Cumming said her dyslexia makes her ‘choose words clumsily’
  • Ms Cumming explained she was referring to the ‘red shirts’ government scandal
  • The Angry Victorians Party member apologised and wished Mr Andrews no harm

A Victorian politician who told a crowd she wanted to see Premier Daniel Andrews turned into ‘red mist’ has blamed her comments on being dyslexic. 

Sitting independent member for Melbourne Western Metro Catherine Cumming told a crowd of anti-vax protesters outside of Flinders Street Station on Saturday that the premier should be turned into ‘red mist’. 

‘I joined the Angry Victorians Party for one reason: To make Daniel Andrews turn into red mist,’ Ms Cumming said. 

‘In the army we would call it pink mist, but I want him into red mist … give anyone here in the army a job to blow someone up, and they will.’

‘Pink mist’ is a common slang term used in the army that refers to the blood splatter created when someone is shot in the head by a sniper. 

Dr Catherine Cumming (pictured) told a crowd she wanted to see Daniel Andrews turned into 'red mist'- an army slang term for killing someone

Ms Cumming blamed her dyslexia for her comments and said she did not wish any physical harm to Mr Andrews (pictured)

Dr Catherine Cumming (left) told a crowd she wanted to see Daniel Andrews turned into ‘red mist’- an army slang term for killing someone with a sniper rifle. She explained her dyslexia makes her choose words clumsily and she did not mean any physical harm to Mr Andrews (right)

Ms Cumming told 3AW host Neil Mitchell on Monday that having dyslexia made her choose her words clumsily and that she meant no harm to the Victorian premier.  

‘I just want to make it clear that at no time did I ever mean any physical harm to Daniel Andrews,’ Ms Cumming said. 

‘Red mist means the feeling of extreme anger and pink mist started as an American term. You see it used in American movies, such as Marvel films. I was purely talking about the election and “red mist” means a feeling of extreme anger. 

‘You know, Neil, that I’m dyslexic, and I choose my words quite clumsily at times but I was purely talking about this election.’ 

The sitting independent member for Melbourne Western Metro insisted she was not inciting violence and was referring to the 'red shirts' scandal (pictured, Ms Cumming at the 'The Worldwide Rally for Freedom' protest on November 20)

The sitting independent member for Melbourne Western Metro insisted she was not inciting violence and was referring to the ‘red shirts’ scandal (pictured, Ms Cumming at the ‘The Worldwide Rally for Freedom’ protest on November 20)

According to her election profile, Ms Cumming was a member of the Army Reserves for 10 years and worked as a medic and preventative medicine technician before becoming a politician. 

The former Army Reservist apologised for her comment and said she was referring to Labor’s ‘red shirts’ scandal from 2014 – a scheme where the party misused $388,000 in public funds to campaign in marginal seats.

In July, Victorian Ombudsman Deborah Glass said she did not find any evidence of corruption or contempt of parliament, despite 21 party members being found to have breached parliament member’s guide. 

‘You’re asking me what I exactly meant, I meant about the red shirts, and if I chose my words incorrectly I apologise,’ Ms Cumming said. 

‘I’ll  apologise, if Daniel Andrews wishes me to apologise to him directly I am more than happy to because I don’t wish any physical harm to him.’ 

Mr Mitchell called the politician out for her ‘garbage’ excuse and challenged her to explain what she meant by ‘blowing someone up’.  

‘I would hope everybody comes out in force at this election and we have a change of government,’ Ms Cumming said. 

Victoria Police confirmed it was investigating Ms Cumming’s comments following a report of inciteful behaviour during the speech. 

Ms Cumming said she had not been approached by police over her speech and believes if she had said something wrong she would already be arrested. 

‘I believe I chose my words badly and I can assure you that the police have not investigated me,’ Ms Cumming said.  

‘There were hundreds of police there, If I did something wrong I would have been arrested there and then on the spot.’

Dan Andrews has not responded to Ms Cumming’s speech.

Ms Cumming is running for the Angry Victorians Party at the state election on November 26. 

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