Former presidential hopeful Andrew Yang Andrew will reportedly create a new political party. Yang also ran for mayor of New York City but eventually lost the Democratic nomination to Eric Adams. Politico reported that the announcement of the new party will coincide with the release of his new book, “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy.”
Yang was one of the first Democrats to file paperwork to run for president in 2020, doing so in 2017. His proposal of universal basic income and concerns about the U.S. economy’s automation brought much attention to his candidacy. His vocal social media followers known as the “Yang Gang” also helped his rise to prominence. Unfortunately for Yang, he could not translate his social media buzz into votes and withdrew from the campaign after coming sixth in the Iowa caucuses and eighth in the New Hampshire primary.
Shortly after his failed run for president, Yang joined CNN as a political commentator then shifted his focus to the New York City mayoral race. After leading in early surveys, his candidacy faltered in the closing weeks before the June 22 election. He accepted defeat when preliminary results showed him earning the fourth-most first-choice votes on a primary night, telling supporters that “there was so much about New York City I did not know.”
According to the New York Daily News, some members of the “Yang Gang” are not happy with the news of Yang’s new party, saying they would prefer reformation of the Democrat party from within. A staffer from Yang’s presidential campaign told the outlet that “he’s abandoning the coalition he built for an effort that seems simply buzz-worthy, at best.” New York City Republican nominee for mayor, Curtis Sliwa, applauded Yang’s decision and warned him of backlash from the Democrat machine, saying, “I understand the vitriol directed at those who choose an independent path against the establishment.”
It’s unclear what Yang’s new political party will be called or what posts it would seek in future elections. However, his book publisher, Penguin Random House, alluded to some of the platforms Yang might pursue, describing the book as “a lively and bold blueprint for moving beyond the ‘era of institutional failure’ by transforming our outmoded political and economic systems to be resilient to twenty-first-century problems.” The publisher also claims that in the book, Yang “introduces us to the various ‘priests of the decline’ of America, including politicians whose incentives have become divorced from the people they supposedly serve” and that “UBI and the threat of job automation are only the beginning.”