Andrew Yang managed to pull in some cash at his fundraiser with Donald Glover hours before the sixth Democratic presidential debate in Los Angeles on Thursday night.
Located on Fairfax Avenue, the pop-up store — which also marked Glover’s official endorsement
of the Asian American candidate — sold campaign merchandise such as “$1K” sweatshirts, MATH (“Make America Think Again”) hats and limited-edition posters.
Members of the “Yang Gang” queued for blocks around the store, which also sold 10 blue signed sweatshirts for $1,000 each.
According to Yang, the sweatshirts — which had both his and Glover’s signatures — were priced as such because they represent the universal basic income he intends to provide to the American people, which he calls the “Freedom Dividend.”
Those unable to snag a signed hoodie took home a black “$1K” sweatshirt for $100, a royal blue MATH hat for $50, blue and camouflage MATH hats for $40, and a limited-edition poster for $25.
Both Yang and Glover reportedly attended the fundraiser, but staff prevented the former from engaging with supporters, while the latter kept a distance from the press.
Glover, popularly known as Childish Gambino, was also named a creative consultant for Yang’s campaign, The Hill
According to Yang, Glover reached out to his team through a common connection in L.A.
“Donald is such an innovator,”
the 44-year-old said, according to Daily Mail
, which was present in the store.
“He sees the future very clearly and when we sat down together I felt like he was a kindred spirit.”
Yang, the only candidate of color on Thursday night’s debate, spoke for 10 minutes and 47 seconds, according to CNN
While he still had the shortest speaking time — Sen. Bernie Sanders topped the seven-candidate event with 20 minutes and 18 seconds — the duration is seen as an improvement from the previous debate
, where he had to wait for more than 30 minutes before getting to speak for only 6 minutes and 43 seconds.
During the debate, Yang highlighted his plans for universal basic income, which seeks to provide $1,000 a month for all Americans above 18.
He also reiterated his stance on Trump’s impeachment, which he believes should not be the focus of the American people.
“What we have to do is we have to stop being obsessed over impeachment, which unfortunately strikes many Americans like a ballgame where you know what the score is going to be,”
he replied, according to The New York Times
, and “start actually digging in and solving the problems that got Donald Trump elected in the first place.”