2002 Democratic presidential hopeful Andrew Yang scolded his fellow Democratic presidential aspirants on Thursday night’s debate stage for “being obsessed” with impeachment and ignoring the reasons behind President Donald Trump’s popularity in America.
Andrew Yang: "What we have to do is we have to stop being obsessed over impeachment … and start actually digging in and solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place." https://t.co/V26pEEegjA #DemDebate pic.twitter.com/JLn3TwCTy4— CNN (@CNN) December 20, 2019
“We have to stop being obsessed over impeachment, which unfortunately strikes many Americans like a ball game where you know what the score is going to be, and start digging in and solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place,” Yang said at the debate in Los Angeles. “We have to take every opportunity to present a new, positive vision for the country, a new way forward, to help beat [Trump] in 2020.”
Earlier in the debate, Yang said people in America distrust lawmakers and have been polarized by politically charged cable news networks, which carry on as if Trump is president “because of some combination of Russia, racism, Facebook, Hillary Clinton, and emails all mixed together.”
Americans, he said, know better.
“The more we act like Donald Trump is the cause of all our problems, the more Americans lose trust that we can actually see what’s going on in our communities and solve those problems.”
Yang, an entrepreneur from New York, has polled mostly in the single digits throughout the campaign but remains a popular choice among some younger voters. He is especially admired by tech workers, who refer to themselves as the “Yang Gang,” and counts several major Silicon Valley names among his donors.
His performance on Thursday night was widely lauded, but observers said he may have a hard time qualifying for the next debate in January because Democratic officials are narrowing the threshold for participation.
Debate rankings:— David Pakman (@dpakman) December 20, 2019
1. A reinvigorated Bernie and an Andrew Yang with some super strong answers
2. Biden, merely by not blundering horribly like in prior debates, likely will maintain lead
4. Buttigieg, some attacks against him will stick
Final update, with growth on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram for each of tonight's #DemDebate candidates. Yang returned to the top spot and led the way on all three platforms after finishing second to Sanders at last month's debate, and second to Warren in October. pic.twitter.com/wHHHaYbQpX— Ry Crist (@rycrist) December 20, 2019
In his closing statement, Yang drew laughter from the audience when he said, “I know what you’re thinking America. How am I on this stage with them.”