KMT criticizes Tsai for her ‘rent-a-mob politics’
Kuomintang ( KMT) caucus members yesterday labeled Democratic Progressive Party ( DPP) Chairwoman Tsai Ing-wen’s (
) “rent-a-mob” an anti-democratic avenue of campaigning, citing an article written by Dennis V. Hickey in “The Diplomat.”
The KMT claim that Tsai and the DPP have paid members of the public to take part in protests on behalf of the DPP and attend political events. KMT lawmaker Lin Te-fu ( ) compared the DPP’s action during the anti-curriculum guideline protests with the methods of Middle East extremists, and expressed his concern that Taiwan could be influenced by “ISism.”
“We hope the DPP will reflect on their anti-democratic actions, and what they should be striving for in the future,” Lin implored.
The caucus said that Taiwanese citizens should vote for KMT presidential candidate Hung Hsiuchu ( ) otherwise Taiwan will similarly head towards ISism as well.
The Diplomat article, written by Dennis V. Hickey and published Aug. 5, implored the U.S. to revisit its policies with Taiwan, calling the fundamentals of the ties between the two countries out of date since have been no changes since the 1970s.
Furthermore, Hickey cited a 2014 poll that suggested 71 percent of the American public oppose sending troops to defend Taiwan if it is attacked by China. KMT legislator Lee Gui-min (
) explained that the low support was due to the DPP’s financial support of the Sunflower Movement last year, which caused polarity within Taiwan and drew concerns from the U.S.
Lin stated that Tsai’s current political “manipulations” reflect her future plans to see a lawful, independent Taiwan, but that the U.S.’ concerns over the DPP were not ironed out during her visit in June.
“They (the DPP) are anti-democracy. The DPP has destroyed democracy,” Lin said, providing examples, such as the DPP handing out “umbrellas” during the anti- curriculum protests, and supporting the Legislative Yuan occupation during the Sunflower Movement.
“This is why
ar- ticle, he stated that the U.S. still has concerns about the DPP, and whether the DPP has given up on democracy,” Lee said, backing up Lin’s statement.
KMT candidate Hung also expressed her thoughts on the matter, stating that Hickey’s views of her show that Tsai’s U.S. visit was a failure.
A Remarkable Piece
of Work: DPP
DPP spokesman Cheng Yunpeng ( ) responded by attacking the article’s credibility, saying many of the arguments “were extreme, and diverged from U.S. government policy and common sense.”
“It is surprising that the KMT used this article to back up their argument, defining our own citizens as mobs, comparing Taiwan’s democracy to Middle Eastern extremism and even telling voters that if they do not vote for Hung, Taiwan will become ‘ IS- ized,’” Cheng stated.
Cheng opined that Tsai’s stance of maintaining the status quo earned her support not only in Taiwan, but also from many internationally acclaimed cross- strait experts.
Sarcastically referring to Hickey’s article as a “remarkable piece of work,” Cheng said the fact the KMT cited it is a blow to their own campaign.
The KMT chairman of the Legislature’s Culture and Communications ( ), Lin Yi-hua (
) however, said that Hickey’s arguments were “logical,” and expressed his surprise at the DPP’s reaction. “Hickey is regarded as an expert on cross- strait matters in the U.S.,” Lin said. “The KMT respects academics’ point of view.”