Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang has resorted to the effective use of social media to get his other policies out there after being widely shunned by mainstream media.
In a recent viral photo he uploaded on Twitter and Instagram, Yang channeled his inner “Heisenberg” to highlight his policies on cannabis and drugs.
Wearing protective overalls reminiscent of the classic jumpsuit worn by the iconic Walter White character in “Breaking Bad,” Yang poses for the camera surrounded by cannabis plants. But while he did away with the imagery of the methamphetamine Bryan Cranston’s character manufactured in the hit show, Yang did reference one of Heisenberg’s most unforgettable lines.
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“Say my name,” wrote Yang on his tweet, which has generated over a hundred thousand likes and 16,000 retweets.
Although the post might have confused some social media users of the tweet’s relevance, members of the #YangGang were quick to point out Yang’s policies on legalizing marijuana and addressing the opioid crisis in the United States.
Based on his campaign platforms, Yang intends to utilize the Department of Health and Human Services to find and offer immediate solutions to the crisis.
“The CDC must use its expertise to quantify and combat this plague. The FDA must implement new steps to ensure that a similar crisis doesn’t develop in the future. Most of all, we have to fund treatment for everyday Americans,” a post on his website explains.
“Local governments will be much better able to experiment with and implement solutions that will work for their communities. The federal government, through funding and centralization, can help the work of states and local communities in this crisis, but it should serve as a motivating and coordinating force in order to ensure adopted policies work for the people on the ground.”
Yang has also repeatedly spoken in favor of legalizing marijuana at the federal level and expressed willingness to grant pardons for those currently in prison for nonviolent marijuana-related expenses.
“Thousands are in jail for marijuana-related offenses, particularly people of color,” his website noted. “We need to resolve the ambiguity and legalize marijuana at the federal level. This would improve safety, social equity, and generate tens of billions of dollars in new revenue based on legal cannabis businesses.”