The Liberals’ viral ‘Fake Tradie’ frontman, Andrew MacRae, has hit back after he was attacked on social media for his role in the election TV ad.
Speaking to The Daily Mail, the metal worker, who drives a ute, proved he is a real tradie showing his NSW government contractor’s licence.
In front of his Lane Cove, New South Wales home on Tuesday, he spoke of the social media onslaught against the ad.
Mr MacRae said his friends thought the whole thing was hilarious, while he said the keyboard warriors behind the “fake tradie” hashtag were foolish and crazy.
Unions also chimed in with an online campaign, claiming Mr MacRae was an actor.
Friend of Mr MacRae, Domenico Coviello said the tradie was a Liberal supporter and that the advertisement did look fake.
“He’s definitely betting for the Blues on the Liberal side,” he said.
“He does something in the voice and they’ve dressed him up – he doesn’t normally dress like that.
“It looks very fake – it’s a TV shoot you know, it’s not a real site situation.”
The 30-second commercial features Mr MacRae in typical tradie attire on a building site, telling people to “stick with the current mob for a while.”
— Josh Butler (@JoshButler) June 20, 2016
Choked on my bacon and egg roll when I heard the Libs announced I’m a real tradie. Next they’ll be announcing real action on climate change.
— Fake Tradie (@FakeTradie) June 20, 2016