- “The fears for our future that caused me to run for president have accelerated since this pandemic started,” Yang proclaimed to a small crowd of supporters, as reported by the Guardian. “We need to make New York City the Covid comeback city, but also the anti-poverty city.”
- The announcement came after Yang released a campaign ad video “Why I’m Running,” directed by film auteur Darren Aronofsky, on Wednesday night.
- The video shows Yang roaming around New York, chatting with its residents about his campaign’s aspirations and signature issues, like universal basic income.
- Korean American actor Daniel Dae Kim has announced in a tweet that he will be joining Yang on the campaign trail around Queens to register new voters for the upcoming election.
- Yang joins a packed field of local seasoned politicians trying to succeed Mayor Bill de Blasio’s two terms in office.
- Yang has not worked in government or voted in the past four mayoral elections, as reported by the Post.
- Politico reported that he had left the city during the pandemic, drawing criticism from his opponents.
- Eric Adams, Brooklyn borough president and one of Yang’s opponents, tweeted that the city deserved “better than out-of-touch politicians.”
- Some Twitter users made fun of the TikTok Hype Houses policy, asking Yang to shift his focus to New Yorkers who cannot afford rent.
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