Former prime minister Sir John Key has revealed that were he in America and able to vote in the 2016 election he would’ve voted for Donald Trump. And in the 2022 Brazil election he would’ve voted for Jair Bolsonaro.
The revelations came in an interview on the Both Sides Now show, a new online series hosted by members of the Labour and National youth wings. At the end of Key’s interview, the hosts conducted a speed round of 20 quick questions, and Key answered them all with ease.
A range of topics were covered: Sugar tax (“not a fan”), compulsory te reo in schools (“don’t mind that, actually, funnily enough, but only in primary school”), whether alcohol sponsorship of sports should be banned (“no”), whether police should permanently carry handguns (“if they want to”), whether prisoners should have the right to vote (“no, definitely not”), someone from the opposite side of the political aisle he most admires (“Michael Cullen”), person living or dead he’d most want to have dinner with (“Nelson Mandela”).
The big question was left until last. In the United States in 2016…Clinton or Trump? “Oh, Trump,” Key responded quickly. “But I mean, you know, I’m a right wing voter and I’m never voting left,” he elaborated.
“I’m not saying it would’ve been the right decision but I’m just saying it’s what I would’ve done.”
What about in Brazil? Would Key have voted for Bolsonaro, the newly-elected far-right president? Key answered a bit more hesitantly this time. “Well, yeah that’s right wing as well, um, yes I think so.”
After thinking for a moment, Key softened his position. “Some of these people are getting pretty crazy on the right so even I might not wanna vote there…. but philosophically I’ve never voted anything other than right so I’m not going to start arguing about voting left now.”