It is no secret that Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative opposition leader Andrew Scheer are not exactly the best of friends. Most recently, Andrew Scheer called out Justin Trudeau's India trip. That's not surprising, as the two are leaders of opposing political parties, and there's an election right around the corner.
However, things don’t always work out the way you want when it comes to social media, where Scheer posted about Trudeau. In fact, things certainly backfired for Scheer this week when he tried to drag Justin Trudeau for ‘damaging Canada’s international relations’ during his 2018 trip to India. Despite Scheer's attempts to make a mockery of Trudeau, the public seemed to side with the Prime Minister, making Scheer look a little bit foolish himself.
To make his point, Scheer shared a recent article from the National Post, which was criticizing Trudeau’s choice of attire during his recent trip to India. During the trip, the Prime Minister and his family were seen repeatedly wearing traditional Indian clothing, that was described by one website as “too Indian, even for an Indian.”
While the tweet had more than 500 retweets and nearly 2,000 likes, the response from Canadians was probably not exactly what Scheer was hoping for.
While it is common for political figures and their families to wear culturally appropriate attire during official visits, it is rarely done so often and so over-the-top as Trudeau did. Naturally, Scheer made the most of this opportunity to take aim at the Liberal leader, saying in a tweet that “he [Trudeau] has embarrassed Canada on the world stage.”
However, Canadians were not having any of this from Scheer, and were quick to respond to his tweet with some pretty hilarious criticisms of their own.
In fact, several users dug out some less-than-flattering photos of Scheer, and even his predecessor Stephen Harper, dressed in various cultural attires, taking the opportunity to call him out on his hypocrisy.
One Twitter user used Scheer's own trip to London as an example of his hypocrisy, writing, “Not nearly as embarrassing as when you went on a make-believe Canadian PM trip to the UK. Did you accomplished big things while you were out there, Agent Smart?”
Another noted that Trudeau’s clothing could simply be regarded as respectful, writing, “ why is it that when you wear these same kinds of clothes, it was ok, but when the PM does it, you ridicule him? He was trying to show respect for the culture, what's wrong with that? Is this what you think a good leader does?”
With the October federal election drawing nearer, it is no surprise the pressure is building between the two opposing leaders, and they are likely to continue to take aim at one another in the weeks to come.
That said, after his latest attempt to call-out Trudeau back-fired a little, perhaps Scheer will be a little more careful before he hits the 'send tweet' button next time!