Anna Watson has deleted her Twitter account and apologised after attacking Studio 10 presenter Joe Hildebrand.
Anna Watson has deleted her Twitter account and apologised after attacking Studio 10 presenter Joe Hildebrand.

Labor MP deletes Twitter over Joe Hildebrand spray

Labor's Shellharbour MP Anna Watson has deleted her Twitter account and been forced to apologise after attacking Studio 10 presenter Joe Hildebrand on the social media platform last night, telling him to "stop crying".

The opposition whip called Mr Hildebrand a "pathetic opinionist" for his criticisms of the Victorian premier.

"Daniel Andrews is true leader (sic)," she tweeted.

Apology accepted... Joe Hildebrand called out Anna Watson but has moved on.
Apology accepted... Joe Hildebrand called out Anna Watson but has moved on.

She suggested Mr Hildebrand should instead be "calling our pathetic luke warm (sic) PM".

"And please stop crying when you talk," the tweet read.

The tweet was sent in apparent reply to comments made by an emotional Mr Hildebrand on Studio 10 last month, criticising Daniel Andrews over his botched hotel quarantine program.

Hildebrand responded, saying "if I was emotional it was because my quadriplegic best friend was at breaking point after being denied access to his carer".

After a social media backlash Ms Watson deleted the tweet and, seemingly, her Twitter account.

Hildebrand took to the platform today to say the MP had called to apologise.

"She was unaware of the context of my comments … I'm deeply grateful for the call and fully accept the apology," he said.

Ms Watson's responsibilities as opposition whip include assisting with the pastoral care of Labor MPs.

The Labor MP told The Daily Telegraph she regrets posting the attack, and regrets not knowing the context in which they were made.

However she said she doesn't think people should "tear down" politicians for their COVID-19 response.

"Everybody has heightened emotions around COVID and I personally think Dan (Andrews) is doing the best he can," she said.

Labor Leader Jodi McKay refused to answer questions about the tweet.

Originally published as Labor MP deletes Twitter over Joe Hildebrand spray



Cap Coast cannabis supply cut short as 80kg seized by cops

Premium Content Cap Coast cannabis supply cut short as 80kg seized by cops

One man has been charged and another is assisting police.

Council funding available to support community projects

Premium Content Council funding available to support community projects

Applications are now open for round three of the 2020/21 Community Assistance...

Stunning home on The Range tops million dollar price tag

Premium Content Stunning home on The Range tops million dollar price tag

Agent reveals another two homes under contract above the million dollar mark in...