Forgive the comparison, but Pauline Hanson’s arrival yesterday at State Parliament was a bit like the moment Donald Trump announced his tilt for the US presidency.
He rode a golden escalator into the arms of adoring fans waving Trump for President signs in the Trump Tower.
Senator Hanson came down a pebble-dash staircase into the arms of supporters holding up homemade Ban the Burqa posters.
Okay, maybe Sketch is over-egging the comparison.
But hopefully you get where we’re heading here?
Senator Hanson is a celebrity and her red hair and strine bring attention the mainstream political leaders can’t buy.
Sketch had fielded calls from members of the public wanting to know which shopping centres she was going to.
There’s no doubt the senator — her skills honed by weekly guest appearances on morning television — has become more comfortable in front of the cameras.
She even handled a potential “gotcha” moment when quizzed by a reporter about a very local WA issue — the Roe 8 highway extension.
“Let’s deal with the whole thing,” she said. “I’m totally against selling the (Fremantle) port. I don’t believe in building the road so we can then hand it (Fremantle port) over to some foreign investor,” Senator Hanson said.
“What happened to your water up around the Ord (River). You poured millions of dollars into that scheme to end up with foreign ownership of it.”
Sketch wanted to know why she’d passed up Trump’s inauguration ceremony for a trip to WA and a seat at a synchronised swimming event? “I thought about it. But my commitment is to this State, to the candidates and this is our future. America is not our future,” she said.
There she goes making sense again.