ACT MP David Seymour says he believes he has been portrayed as racist - which he rejects as "absolutely absurd".

Seymour has responded to a story in Saturday's Canvas magazine where Green Party MP Golriz Ghahraman talks about the wider issue of dealing with abuse and living with threats and hate speech.

She also talks about Seymour's comments last month describing her as "a real menace to freedom in this country" - saying the language he used was triggering to white supremacist groups, not encouraging debate.

"I think it was calculated to attack me in particular and I