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Lee Hae-chan

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Lee "the liberal Trump" Hae-chan (이해찬, born July 10, 1952) is a politician in South Korea and the current leader of the ruling party Minjoo Party. This liberal politician has been a subject of controversies because his words and actions reminiscent of Donald Trump.

Human rights groups are still calling for his resignation, but people do not seem to be paying attention. He has largely kept away from controversies these days.

Collection of his remarks[edit]

I've rarely heard of the economy going well in public life.
(Right-wing) Lawmakers are as pathetic as the physically handicapped. There are so many mentally disabled in the political circle.
The Minjoo Party of Korea's Committee for the Disabled.[note 1] reproach conservative politicians. 2018
(with sexuality) Korean men like Vietnamese women better than other women!
If it is not our party, I don't think we have the capacity to take power and take the center of the reform.
The Philippines has become one of the poorest and most disturbed countries in Asia. This is why politics is very important!
(When Na Kyung-won, a conservative politician, accused President Moon of being "Kim Jong-un's chief spokesman.")
That "criminal of insult to the head of state". Apologize now!
[1][note 2]

His remarks seem like the leader of the far-right party, but he is classified as a liberal politician in South Korea!

the Justice Party[note 3] unofficially lashed out at Lee Hae-chan's remarks, saying, "Lee Hae-chan's derogatory hate speech about minorities is very habitual!" In fact, if it were Europe, such hate speech would not only lead to the resignation of the party leader but also criminal punishment. As such, S. Korea is a socially conservative and authoritarian country. Its neighbor, Japan is not very free on this issue either.

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  1. demeaned the disabled at events related to the disabled.
  2. For your information, 'criminal of insult to the head of state' was abolished after democratization (1988). Moreover, Mr. Moon is a former democracy activist and liberal politician.
  3. It is an active party compared to other parties in the minority rights and social justice issue among the floor parties of the Republic of Korea.