Andrew Yang Not Included on List of Democratic National Convention Speakers

Andrew Yang

Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang expressed his disappointment after finding out that he was not included in the official list of speakers for the Democratic National Convention next week.

The 45-year-old entrepreneur took to his Twitter on Tuesday to reveal the outcome.

“I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak,” Yang said in one of his tweets. “Maybe I endorsed against one too many incumbents,” he said in another.

The official list, which was announced on Monday, mentions Sen. Bernie Sanders, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, according to The Hill. Former Secretary of State Hilary Clinton will also be present at the event, where Joe Biden will officially accept the party’s presidential nomination.

Former President Barrack Obama, Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden are also set to appear as keynote speakers for the first three nights of the convention, USA Today reported.

Many of his supporters voiced their opinion for not including Yang as a speaker in the convention.

“Asian Americans are the fastest increasing group in America, including in multiple swing states,” Rep. Ted Lieu said in a tweet. “The gross underrepresentation of Asian American speakers in the four days of the DNC Convention is tone deaf and a slap in the face.”

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci called out the DNC for excluding Yang.

Although he is not a speaker at the convention, Yang would still have a part in the event. He will have a conversation with other Democratic candidates for the 2020 presidential election and will be “involved in the convention video package.”

Yang made headlines last year when he officially entered the 2020 presidential race. However, earlier this year, Yang suspended his presidential campaign and officially withdrew from the race. After his run, he joined CNN as a political commentator.

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