It is evident that although he was given the least amount of speaking time, he was still able to elaborate on his plans of addressing the inevitable job scarcity brought about by automation through his proposed universal basic income.
I just want to send a huge virtual hug to everyone in the #YangGang, whether you just joined us last night or you’ve been here with us since 2018. Last night was a huge success and I’m honored AF to be apart of this monumental, life-changing, revolutionary movement! ✊🏽💜🇺🇸
While many of his supporters viewed his performance as a slam dunk, some political pundits were still quick to take a dig at the rising star candidate by highlighting his realistic response to climate change and purposely misconstruing it as a defeatist approach.
“The important number in this is 15 percent of global emissions,” said Yang. “We like to act as if we’re 100 percent. Even if we were to curb our emissions dramatically, the Earth is going to get warmer. The last four years have been the four warmest years in history. We are too late. We are 10 years too late.”
“We need to do everything we can to start moving the climate in the right direction,” he continued, “but we also need to start moving our people to higher ground—and the best way to do that is to put economic resources into your hands so you can protect yourself and your families.”
Andrew Yang essentially says we’re all screwed on climate change, so therefore we all need more money in our pocket so we can move to “higher ground” pic.twitter.com/78Ge1B2zLp
A piece in “The Atlantic” completely ignores the part in which Yang noted the importance of efforts in “moving the climate in the right direction” and called his statements “horrific.” The word “horrific” was later removed from their article.
The Daily Beast even made a claim that Yang suggested to “forget prevention” and literally just move Americans “to higher ground.”
These talking points made it sound as if Yang was just a doomsayer without pointing out that he was responding to a discussion limited to the implementation of the Green New Deal, an initiative put forward by Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York.
Regardless, it appears his laser-focused approach to important issues has resonated among viewers beyond his supporters, based on the social media buzz after the telecast of the debate.
Yang is having a very good debate. It’s not just that he’s gotten more comfortable. It’s also that he sounds different than the other candidates without sounding loopy. It’s the Williamson role, but played by an analytical AI obsessive.
Kamala Harris only wants to benefit women w/ 9-5 jobs at large corporations. What about stay at home moms, female business owners, and homeless women. Andrew Yang is the only one on this stage offering to help ALL women. #YangGang#DemDebate
@AndrewYang I just donated to your campaign. I’m a female, self employed, independent who understands ECONOMICS. Subsidies, retraining, green infrastructure, education, global economy & lifting the masses = 🇺🇸 STRENGTH. #YangGang2020#YangGang
#AndrewYang‘s closing statement was the best fucking thing I’ve ever seen in a Presidential debate. Holy shit. He called out everyone – wearing makeup, with rehearsed lines, playing into the “Reality TV Show” of politics. #ReturnOfTheYang#LetYangSpeak#YangGang
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