Amid the heating up of the negative workshops of the Democratic Party’s presidential primary, the social media contest is also heating up. Gyeonggi Governor Lee Jae-myung and former CEO Lee Nak-yeon are intensifying the fight by raising the ‘behind-the-scenes theory’ that the supporters of the opposing candidate are engaging in systematic and malicious slander.
Governor Lee Jae-myung’s side is suspecting that the recent release of the recording file of ‘swearing at his brother-in-law’ is related to former CEO Lee Nak-yeon. Although Governor Lee acknowledged and apologized for the abusive language, saying, “Please forgive me for my shortcomings,” during the preliminary election, it is believed that there is a political intention in bringing up the old controversy again.
The transcript was posted on the YouTube channel ‘Back Briefing’ on the 20th and quickly circulated through the Internet community. Videos such as ‘Why Lee Jae-myung can’t beat Lee Nak-yeon’, ‘From crimes committed by Lee Jae-myung to loopholes in policy’, and ‘Lee Jae-myung’s close friend Jung Sung-ho sued the ethics committee for remarks’ are uploaded on this channel. There is no information on the channel operator, but it is possible to guess who the candidate is.
The Lee Jae-myung camp refrains from making official comments, but the inside is boiling. In a phone call with Newsis on the 21st, a camp official said, “We have crossed the line now. It’s not the power of the people, and people who claim to be supporters of the Democratic Party in the internal party primary are negative.” ‘ he warned.
In response, former CEO Lee Jae-myung is investigating the cause of the leader of the Teltegram group chat room called ‘Lee Jae-myung SNS Volunteer Team’. Mr. Jin, who is currently the secretary general of the Gyeonggi Transportation Training Institute, is raising the connection with this branch, saying that he had a history of participating in the Seongnam FC employee in 2017 and the Gyeonggi governor election camp in 2018.
Furthermore, they are attacking ‘organized public opinion manipulation’. On the 22nd, Rep. Choi In-ho, the head of Lee Nak-yeon’s camp situation headquarters, said on YTN radio on the 22nd, “It was revealed that Mr. Jin-mo had a photo with the governor, and that he met the governor and said that he was working on the budget a little more.” An explanation that he did it would not be convincing.” Former CEO Lee also said on the 21st that “the work that an individual can do is out of line.”
The Lee Nak-yeon camp is also considering legal action. In a phone call on the 21st, a camp official said, “There may be legal disputes over the Public Official Election Act, but there is a clear fact about slandering candidates. We will decide,” he said.
Even when the poster for the ‘Military Opposition Party, Military Personnel Control Party’ made by a supporter was circulated on social media, the story behind it was not mentioned directly, but it seems that the front line is widening as the battle heats up.
Governor Lee was disabled by a press machine when he was a boy, and was exempted from the military, but as posters circulated that only ‘Lee Nak-yeon is in the military, Lee Jae-myung is unwritten’, doubts were raised whether it was made by a specific candidate camp. Lee’s representative explained, “It is not an official promotional material for the camp,” and Lee replied, “I wonder if it is appropriate for the presidential candidates to continue arguing with the web advertisement made by a regular party member.”
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