Last week, Warren Chan, former transition team member for Democratic New York City Councilman Justin Brannan, made headlines for a FaceBook comment he left on Assemblywoman Yuh-Line Niou’s page.
Chan’s comment received heavy criticism, and he was subsequently dismissed from Brannan’s transition team due to the backlash. “Warren’s comments are reprehensible and vile,” said Brannan
. “We have removed him from the transition committee effective immediately.”
In a statement emailed to NextShark, Chan expressed interest in sharing his side of the incident and explained what prompted him to leave the comment on Niou’s page.
“First, I want to apologize to everyone that was offended by the profanity in my recent social media comment. The message I was trying to convey is that I feel our Asian elected officials do more for the Black community than the Asian community.
“Regarding to Niou’s facebook issue. Profanity is definitely wrong and again I want to apologize for my profanity. If a normal person received a profanity post in their facebook, they only thing they can do is to report the profanity to facebook’s moderator and there is nothing else they can do. However, Assemblywoman Niou is an elected official. She feels she is entitled to special treatment. Instead of just reporting a profanity to facebook moderator, Assemblywoman Niou decided to use her elected official’s power and connection to escalate this into an EPIC media outrage. She decides to call every reporter in her phonebook which she gotten from being an elected official to further her personal retaliation. She even further abuses her political power by politically pressuring a newly-elected official Justin Brannan to punish me. A normal person definitely would not have such privilege.
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“Does this person deserve special power? A simple profanity can drive Assemblywoman Niou into such outrage just proof Niou has very low EQ. A low EQ person shouldn’t be allow to wield such a high level of political power. I urge the voters in the 65th Assembly district in the coming 2018 election to reconsider should a low EQ ‘Tyrant’ like her should continue to wield important political power.
“Again, I’m deeply sorry for my profanity social media post. However, councilman-elected Justin Brannan is innocent and has absolutely nothing to do with this. But he has taken a lot of heat from this media outrage because Assemblywoman Niou use her political power to drag Justin into this.
“I’m here to call on Assemblywoman Niou to apologize to Councilman-elected Justin Brannan for dragging him into this PR mess.”
He also released his statement in Chinese:
“關於牛議員面書上的言論，粗口是不應該存在在社交網上。我再次同大家道謝， 我不應該在面書上講粗口。如果一個普通人在面書上被粗口騷擾， 唯一可以做的是向面書管理員投訴。但是牛議員覺得自己同普通人不一樣，她可能覺得自己高人一等。她沒有用普通人的方式來處理面書上的粗口問題，反而選擇利用自己是議員的身份和力量將這件粗口事件提升為政治種族焦點話題。她也通過她議員的力量，把這件事發去給紐約的所有媒體，來進行私人報復。更甚至利用自己的政治力量來向新任的市議員 Justin Brannan施壓，從而對我進行報復。正常來說，一個普通人受到粗口評論，是不可能可以發展到現在這個局面。難道就是因為她是議員？她就可以受到特別的對待？
Chan is the founder of the Chinese Political Club of Brooklyn and, as of 2016, the executive director of the Asian Community United Society, according to Bklyner
Featured Image via FaceBook / (Left): Warren Chan | (Right): Yuh-Line Niou