Estonia’s far-right minister has resigned over comments he made about US president-elect Joe Biden and his son Hunter Biden.
In a radio interview on Sunday, Interior minister, Mart Helme, called the father and son “corrupt characters.” His son, Martin Helme said Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election was rigged.
The minister said he believed there “is no question that these (US) elections were falsified”.
“If this (US election result) goes through, then the constitution will no longer apply in America,” he continued.
Stepping back from his position on Monday, Mr Helme said: “Last night I decided to resign (when) looking at the slander and lies produced by the Estonian media.”
Mr Helme, a member of the Estonian Conservative People’s Party (EKRE), added: “I am tired. I did nothing yesterday that would endanger Estonia’s security. I have not said anything that has not already been told by the American media, the American free media.”
Speaking in the press conference on Monday, he continued: “You cannot muzzle me, nobody can muzzle me. The prime minister cannot muzzle me, the president or journalists cannot muzzle me.”
“I say what I consider to be right, what concerns me.”
Estonian President Kersti Kaljulaid has since condemned the comments made by Mart Helme and his son, saying they were a “verbal assault… an attack against Estonian democracy and security”, adding she was “sad and embarrassed”.