One of the more prominent names in the Democrat Party, albeit also among the least successful, is leaving the party.
Failed presidential and mayoral candidate Andrew Yang is calling it quits.
Rumors have been around for weeks, but Yang made it official this week that leaving the party is “the right thing to do.”
Yang’s quirkiness got him national headlines during the presidential election.
One of his bigger claims to fame was guaranteed income, but the gimmick never worked.
After getting his 15 minutes and leaving the presidential race, Yang took another shot, running for the Mayor of New York.
He went from immediate favorite to an also-ran within months, failing to win the Democrat nomination.
Now, in an effort to keep his name in the headlines, Yang is making another move, leaving the Democrat Party.
He stated, “Throughout my twenties I remained a staunch Democrat, though like many others I was drawn primarily to national races.
“I co-hosted a small fundraiser for John Kerry’s campaign at a bar when I was 29 – I think we raised maybe $3,000.
“I thrilled to Barack Obama’s victory in 2008 and, to a lesser extent, his re-election in 2012.
“In 2016, I donated to Bernie Sanders’ campaign – everything he said struck me as true – but then voted for Hillary Clinton against Trump,”
He concluded, “And yet, I’m confident that no longer being a Democrat is the right thing.”
Yang has had zero impact on the political world, yet he stated, “Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way.”
Other than a draw as a name for politicians, I am not sure what that impact will be.
That is actually where the most significant impact will be felt, in fundraising and his checkbook.
To me, this seems like a calculated move to keep his name in the headlines… the typical narcissistic behavior we regularly see from failed political candidates.
The DNC has not yet commented on Yang’s departure from the party.
Source: Fox News