If there is one clear takeaway from Wednesday night’s debate, it’s that presidential candidate Andrew Yang is unlike the rest of the Democratic presidential contenders.
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While the rest of the aspiring leaders try to tear down each other’s reputation, Yang stayed on point in delivering his campaign platforms and breaking them down into digestible forms.
— Scott Santens (@scottsantens) August 1, 2019
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.
— Humanity First Cass (@Mindsc_x) August 1, 2019
Unlike his first debate, Yang was at least given ample time to respond to key issues and delivered magnificently for his #YangGang.
— Sarah Reese Jones (@PoliticusSarah) August 1, 2019
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! ✊🏽💜🇺🇸
— divinetogether (@KishaniObey) August 1, 2019
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
— Justin Baragona (@justinbaragona) August 1, 2019
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.
— EcoInternet (@EcoInternetDrGB) August 1, 2019
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.
@AndrewYang gained over 25,000 followers between last night and now…not too shabby! He’ll likely get to 600k this week if the #YangGang and the #MSM keep covering/sharing his best moments from #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/XEuoroj0HN
— Mike H (@Mike_H_) August 1, 2019
Least amount of time. Most amount of sense. Andrew Yang arrived tonight. #DemDebate
— Zach Graumann (@Zach_Graumann) August 1, 2019
— Proud Hispanic (@ProudHispanic04) August 1, 2019
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.
— Ezra Klein (@ezraklein) August 1, 2019
My dem POTUS PICK: @AndrewYang
He has the secret sauce of being a Washington outsider. Just like the last election, the polls won’t pick up on this secret sauce till it’s too late to stop the #YangGang
— Greg Ellis (@ellisgreg) August 1, 2019
Andrew Yang is the only person who stops talking when he’s supposed to.
He respects people. He’ll respect the American people.
He doesn’t yell over the moderator to get more screen time.
Respect matters and pay attention to how little the rest of those running give.#YangGang
— ECSHINES (@ecshines) August 1, 2019
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
— KellyShowker (@KellyShowker) August 1, 2019
@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
Great job, thank you, sir.
— RobynB (@RobynForZen) August 1, 2019
It’s important to watch this.
— Sandy Foersch (@FoerschSandy) August 1, 2019
Andrew Yang won over the crowd here at the Flint forum tonight. He was the clear favorite. #DemDebate2
— Terrell J. Starr (@Russian_Starr) August 1, 2019
Netizens also appreciated his closing statement that criticized the pageantry of the entire debate format.
If you care more about your family and your kids than my neckwear, enter your zip code at https://t.co/CfP07EKyAq and see what $1,000 a month would mean to your community. I have done the math, and it’s a big difference. #DemDebate2 pic.twitter.com/hAfl5Xcl5c
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) August 1, 2019
“We’re up here with makeup on our faces, and our rehearsed attack lines, playing roles in this reality TV show,” he said. “It’s one reason we elected a reality TV star as our president.”
I thought Yang had the best closing statement. And I love watching them when the debate is over pretending they don’t hate the person who attacked them.
— Bill Maher (@billmaher) August 1, 2019
#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
— Bay (@BHabshey) August 1, 2019
@AndrewYang Wow! This is the best closing statement—maybe the best statement of any kind—I’ve ever heard in a presidential debate. Still not sure who I’m voting for, but the #YangGang can and should be genuinely proud of their candidate.#LaserFocused https://t.co/qmUQQdZaQ7
— The Most Liberal Podcast On Earth (@mlpoehost) August 1, 2019
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