Taipei City Mayor Ko Wen-je is hoping his Taiwan People's Party will be able to win seats in the 2020 legislative elections. He said he would not ask former Social Democratic Party Chairperson Fan Yun, currently a DPP legislator-at-large candidate, to serve as his deputy mayor, as their styles are completely different.
Ko Wen-je and his Taiwan People's Party are actively campaigning to win seats in the 2020 legislative elections. Ko attacked the Democratic Progressive Party on Nov. 21 during an e-sports competition. This was one day after he criticized pro-independence supporters for their hypocrisy, saying their offspring hide overseas while claiming to love the country. He made it clear he was not happy about being accused of being "red."
I really hate being smeared as red. We are being really pragmatic in handling and resolving things. You shouldn't be tagging people with unfair labels every day. Sometimes you do this because you're not happy, and I'll just throw it back at you. These people, their whole families emigrated to New Zealand, but they hold fundraisers in Taiwan every year to raise money for Taiwan independence. That's not okay with me.
DPP vice presidential candidate William Lai previously described himself as a "pragmatic worker for Taiwan independence," which Kuomintang presidential candidate Han Kuo-yu retorted was tantamount to trickery. Ko was unwilling to comment, only saying that Taiwan is a sovereign and independent yet abnormal country. He also attacked former Social Democratic Party Chairperson Fan Yun, saying she bought her way onto the DPP's legislator-at-large nominee list.
Mayor Ko's words were the last straw. That's why I spoke out last night about how during both 2014 and 2018, Mayor Ko sent an envoy to me inviting me to be his deputy mayor.
You should go ask her who the envoy was. Let me use this opportunity to check which of my people served as the envoy. There are only three possibilities here. One is that she was deceived. One is that she is lying. One is that this situation was a dream brought on by Mazu.
Ko was quite outspoken in his response, and questioned who the supposed envoy was.
Mayor Ko can't have double standards for people and matters. Willing to work with him is finding one's conscience politically. Not working with him is selling out and exchanging favors.
Buying a space is buying a space. What's the point of continuing to talk about it? Your party no longer exists, why are you still so long-winded?
Ko appeared to have wanted to say something about Fan abandoning her constituency, but finally said corporate reorganizations are common following mergers and acquisitions to describe the situation.