Fake tradie andrew macrae says hes the real deal and slams vicious social media campaign

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THE Liberals’ now nationally ­famous ‘Real Tradie’ Andrew MacRae has hit out at his attackers who peppered social media with insults after he appeared in a Liberal election TV ad.

Speaking from his Lane Cove home on Tuesday, Mr MacRae, a metal worker, said his friends and family worried for his wellbeing after unions launched a vicious social media campaign against his TV ad, claiming he was an actor and Liberal stooge.

He described the keyboard warriors behind the fake tradie hashtag as foolish and crazy.

It is foolish and they are crazy to push such a lie, Mr MacRae, 50, said.

I am the real deal. I am not an actor and I am freaked out by all of this.

Mr MacRae said he had never been a member of the Liberal Party and laughed off suggestions his clothes were too clean in the commercial.

Mate, you can see me now where Im tired and Ive just come home from a long days work, he said.

The whole thing is crazy. Im a tradie and I work all over Sydney.

Mr MacRaes primary income is derived from being a metal fabricator but he is also involved in the real estate industry.

Im not going to let it get to me, he said.

Ill just enjoy my five minutes of fame and get on with being the real tradie.

The prime time commercial features Mr MacRae in a high-vis vest on a building site, who says the opposition has declared war on banks, mining and blue-collar workers.

Bill Shorten even wants to go to war with me. Someone who just wants to get ahead through an investment property. I reckon we should just stick it through, and stick with the current mob for a while, he says in the 30-second ad.

the Courier Mail has done an incredibly detailed fact-check infographic on the #faketradie pic.twitter.com/6biDoe7eg3

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.

I'm tired of people questioning my credentials. I'm as genuine as an Eddie MCGuire apology and a Malcolm Turnbull promise.

One of Mr MacRaes friends Domenico Coviello, who works as a tiler, said he should get an Oscar for his acting prowess and the investment property referred to in the ad.

Not a bad acting performance for a tradie hope he gets an Oscar. Hope he gets his investment property after this episode. Will have earned it. Good on him for standing up for what he believes. More people should do it, Mr Coviello said.

Hes not an actor, have worked with him on several jobs and hes fun to be around, doesnt take himself too seriously and hope this works out for him. Hope he gets an Oscar for it.

I really dont know what the big deal about his identity is, its clearly written in the credits of the ad he appears in.