Christel Geerts, the mother of Conner Rousseau, condemns her son’s racist and sexist statements, but questions the attitude of other politicians and the media in all this fuss. “The chairman of Groen compared it to killing a child. I think her reaction is worse than Conner’s statements,” she responded on ‘De Zevende Dag’ on VRT1.
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According to Rousseau’s mother, things are currently not going well for Conner Rousseau, who resigned as chairman of Vooruit on Friday because of his “slap” one evening in Sint-Niklaas. “He’s not doing well at the moment. He has always continued to work very hard and he has been very professional up to and including the press conference, but of course everything comes to the surface afterwards,” she says. curses. And also the sadness that is inflicted on our family, all of that must be given a place.”
Christel Geerts, herself a former mayor and alderman in Sint-Niklaas, unequivocally condemns her son’s statements. “Of course I was angry with him,” she says in the studio of ‘De Zevende Dag’. “He has an exemplary role, 24 hours a day. On the other hand, the chairman of Groen, who was rightly angry, compared it to killing a child. That has also reached us. Five young people in our family have lost their lives in a traffic accident. I think her reaction is worse than Conner’s statements,” he said.
That incorrect statement has now received attention for three months. I think there are other problems in this world
She not only has reservations about political reactions, but also about the timing of the official report and the attitude of the media. “The official report was not drawn up until eleven days later. That’s weird. Afterwards it takes wing and ends up in the press.” According to Geerts, her son has responded well to the entire controversy. “He acknowledged it, he didn’t make any excuses and he was very ashamed of it.” She finds it “very unfortunate” that Rousseau is now reduced to one incorrect statement.
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Not ready for coming out
Finally, Geerts emphasizes that her son has already had a very difficult and tough year. “For me it is one whole, the story of the coming out and the drunken night. He wasn’t ready for that coming out, and something like that rushes you.” But she still hopes that the storm can finally subside. “That incorrect statement has now received attention for three months. I think there are other problems in this world.”
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