Lidia Thorpe has compared herself to a ‘black judge Judy’ in a revealing interview with Karl Stefanovic, who stated that she’s ‘not bad for a white guy’.
The controversial senator defended her headline-grabbing approach to politics, saying she was “misunderstood” by large sections of the population in the wide-ranging 60 Minutes interview.
The Green dissident also dropped the bombshell that she will leave politics after her term ends in 2028 because she does not want to become “a cranky old politician”.
‘No nonsense with me, what you see is what you get. I’m not perfect, I’m not a career politician, I’m not there to be a big shot,” she told Stefanovic.
But he did admit that he enjoyed his role as Canberra’s chief antagonist.
Senator Thorpe told Stefanovic that “not bad for a white guy” as the two chatted while riding electric scooters.
‘Do you know what I love? Senate Estimates, because I feel like Black Judge Judy when I ask those questions there, I just sit back and say ‘yeah, come on, what questions am I going to ask you today?’ said Senator Thorpe.
However, she did not agree with the way she is perceived by many in the country.
“I’m not this crazy angry black woman who hates white people, it’s just not who I am,” she said.
“I’ve been called so many things since I was a kid that after a while it’s just water on a duck’s back.”
Senator Thorpe even told Stefanovic that “not bad for a white guy” as the two chatted while riding electric scooters.
During the interview, Senator Thorpe opened up about her upbringing, including dropping out of school at 14, becoming pregnant at 17, and experiencing bouts of domestic violence.
Senator Thorpe said, “I’m not some crazy angry black woman who hates white people, I’m just not who I am.”
“I guess I was used to violence from my first relationships, and it’s happened so many times that I kept getting up,” she said.
She also said of her decision to file for bankruptcy in 2013, as a single mother of three after leaving a toxic marriage, the “best decision” she ever made.
Senator Thorpe admitted that being combative ‘diminished her message’ for some people.
“That’s how I think I’m being misunderstood,” he said.
‘It comes straight from my heart, straight from my soul. There has to be some anger in this place, otherwise you become complacent and complicit.
Stefanovic also asked about his recent use of parliamentary privilege to accuse Senator David Van of sexual harassment, and Senator Thorpe said there were others like him still working in parliament.
Lidia Thorpe (pictured) criticized the Albanian government over the budget, saying that First Nations lives will continue to be made worse by the measures.
“There have been a number of occasions where there have been inappropriate touches that I have not given permission for and have raised,” he said.
Ms Thorpe revealed that she will leave politics in 2028.
‘I love my job. And I’ve been able to make big changes in the short time I’ve been there. I do not intend to run again,” she said.
‘I will be 50 next month. I don’t want to become a grumpy old politician.
The interview also addressed the infamous strip club Senator Thorpe Stush in April, where she was filmed repeatedly yelling ‘small dick’ at a group of men outside a strip club at 3am on a Sunday.
“It wasn’t until we were leaving, walking out the door that I was verbally abused.
One thing I did wrong was that I reacted to someone else’s bad behavior,” he told Stefanovic.
However, Daily Mail Australia exclusively revealed that Ms Thorpe had allegedly approached ‘white men’ before the incident saying: ‘You stole my land’, earning her a lifetime ban from the establishment.
Senator Thorpe (pictured) was filmed firing extraordinary spray on a group of men outside a Melbourne strip club at 3am on a Sunday in April.
He also claimed there was racism within the Greens, his former party, in ‘places that should know better’.
Senator Thorpe called the proposed Voice in Parliament an ‘advisory body without power’ and said it would fail.
‘We are not a homogeneous group of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people. We are allowed to think differently and we are allowed to say no because it is not enough,” he said.
Senator Thorpe also revealed that she would leave politics once her term ends in 2028 because she does not want to become “a cranky old politician.”