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Federal Election: Katherine Deves Drops Dramatic New Slogan After Surprising Election, Waringah

Rejected Liberal candidate Katherine Deves has adopted an unusual catchphrase in the wake of her election loss: “I am the storm,” which appears to be inspired by a popular social media meme.

The 44-year-old barrister was selected by Scott Morrison to run against independent MP Zali Steggall at the Warringah seat in north Sydney, but her bid for the role collapsed after a number of her deleted transphobic tweets were discovered.

Ms. Deves garnered just 32.4 percent of the first-choice vote during Saturday’s federal election, suffering a swing of minus 6.6 percent.

The swing against her was lower. than the first 39 percent preference vote won in 2019 by former Prime Minister Tony Abbott, who held the seat for 25 years before Steggall unseated him.

However, the mother of three is determined to keep her new profile high, decreeing on Sky News’ Outsiders: ‘I’m not going anywhere.

“I would like to tell my detractors that when they thought I couldn’t weather the storm, I am the storm.”

Katherine Deves appears next to her own campaign poster.  She lost to Independent MP Zali Steggall.

Katherine Deves appears next to her own campaign poster. She lost to Independent MP Zali Steggall.

Ms. Deves repeated the dramatic catchphrase on her Facebook page: “I am the storm.”

Asked for an explanation of her new catchphrase, Ms Deves told Daily Mail Australia: “This is a quote I admire and has always inspired me: “They whispered ‘You can’t withstand the storm’, and she whispers ‘ I am the storm.’

Ms. Deves’ favorite quote appears to be a line from a series of popular memes attributed to an unknown author: ‘Fate whispers to the warrior, ‘you cannot withstand the storm.’ The warrior whispers in response: ‘I am the storm’.

It has been remastered with a feminine emphasis, changing the word ‘warrior’ to ‘her or ‘she’, and is embossed on a wide range of homewares and t-shirts sold on the arts e-commerce website and custom crafts, Etsy.

Katherine Deves told Sky News on Sunday (pictured) 'I am the storm' and said she would run for Warringah's seat in the next election.

Katherine Deves told Sky News on Sunday (pictured) ‘I am the storm’ and said she would run for Warringah’s seat in the next election.

'I am the storm' has been the inspiration for many memes, with a distinctly feminine touch (pictured)

‘I am the storm’ has been the inspiration for many memes, with a distinctly feminine touch (pictured)

The phrase appears on mugs and crafts on the popular e-commerce site, Etsy

The phrase is represented on a t-shirt.

The phrase appears on mugs, t-shirts and crafts on popular e-commerce site Etsy

Before the election campaign, Ms. Deves launched a relentless campaign against trans women who compete against biological women in sports competitions.

She used Twitter to make unsubstantiated claims that half the population of transgender women are sex offenders and to compare her Protect Women’s Sport movement to Germans who opposed the Holocaust during World War II.

The aspiring politician also claimed that many trans children and teens are on the autism spectrum, linked cross-dressing to sexual violence and serial killers, and claimed that surrogacy is a “violation of human rights.”

“Women’s bodies are not vehicles for a vanity project,” she previously said in a now-deleted social media post in response to a tweet from Pete Buttigieg, the first openly gay US presidential candidate, who announced the birth of her twin girls, through surrogacy.

Ms. Deves' name was drawn as the fifth candidate on the ballot in April.  She is pictured leaving the Australian Electoral Commission office after the ballot draw.

Ms. Deves’ name was drawn as the fifth candidate on the ballot in April. She is pictured leaving the Australian Electoral Commission office after the ballot draw.

Throughout her unsuccessful campaign, Ms. Deves spent a fair amount of time dodging journalists who tried to ask her where her personal interest in the transgender community and women’s sport came from.

Ms Deves deleted her Twitter account and blocked reporters from her social media accounts, speaking only to SBS, 2GB radio and News Corp about her polarizing beliefs.

When speaking to News Corp in April, Deves apologized for the wording of the tweets.

‘My advocacy for the rights and safety of women and girls is well known, and I stand by my desire to ensure that we protect the safety of women and girls and our entire community.

Mrs Deves shows up at a restaurant on election weekend with her husband David and their three daughters.

Mrs. Deves shows up at a restaurant on election weekend with her husband David and their three daughters.

‘However, the language I used was not acceptable, and for that I apologize.

“My commitment is to continue to listen to the views of people in Warringah and the wider community, and I will do so in a respectful manner.”

Her apology prompted her opponents to hammer her with vile insults.

Speaking to Sky News on Sunday, Ms Deves partly blamed her election defeat on “leftist media”.

She accused the Liberal Party of silencing her for fear of the ‘lovey-left press’ and the ‘Twitterati’.

“I wanted to make my daughters proud, I wanted to stand up for the people of Australia who were asking me to move on.”

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