Tony Abbott, former prime minister, taking ‘selfies’ at the beach

Tony Abbott, former prime minister, taking ‘selfies’ at the beach

It was hilarious probably because it seemed real.

Our former prime minster Tony Abbott posing up on a northern Sydney beach, taking selfies and videoing himself for his many followers in various locations.

The only problem was, it wasn’t Mr Abbott.

While many on social media thought Mr Abbott was going to great lengths to win his hotly contested Warringah seat, impersonator Jonas Holt revealed the sneaky dead-ringer videos were actually taken of him.

But that wasn’t before viral Instagram page Brown Cardigan posted a montage video taken by a local who thought “Mr Abbott’s” selfie attempts were hilarious.

After all, this is the politician who famously bit into a raw onion.

The Project even aired the clip on Monday night, with some of the panellists commenting how real the videos looked.

Some were sceptical, pointing out none of the clips or photos had surfaced on any of Mr Abbott’s social media accounts.

Mr Holt later posted a photo clearing the air.

And he even got in on the Muffin Break millennial controversy.

“I asked Muffin Break to recruit me a free cameraman and nobody arrived, so I had to do it all myself,” he joked on his Tony Abbott Impersonator page.

While Mr Abbott’s fondness for donning a pair of budgie smugglers sees him mocked around the country, locally he is respected for his community service, in particular his volunteering at the surf club and with the rural fire service.

It’s this rusted on, local support that enables Mr Abbott to stay in parliament, even after losing the prime ministership to Malcolm Turnbull.

But after being implicated in last year’s ugly leadership spill, there have been signs that could be changing.

This month Mr Abbott revisited the infamous onion moment, one of the most bizarre incidents during his prime ministership that had Australia — and the world — collectively scratching its head.

Mr Abbott told columnist Andrew Bolt on Sky News that many of us eat raw onions all the time and the bulb was “beautiful” to chow down on.

“All of us eat raw onion occasionally. Salads are full of raw onion,” he insisted, sidestepping the fact raw onions are usually thinly sliced, not just dumped whole onto some lettuce.

“This was an onion that had lost all of its outer skin, it had been peeled, and I thought the least I can do with someone who was as proud of his product as he was, was to take a chomp and it was beautiful.”

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