“Donald Trump is the Scissors, and I Am the F*cking Rock,” Andrew Yang Rallies Up the Yang Gang in Los Angeles
“We raised $2 million dollars last week alone, people are waking up to the fact that this campaign has the clearest vision for the country,” said Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang. “That we can solve the problems that got Donald Trump into office in the first place.”
Yang rallied up his supporters for his campaign rally Monday at MacArthur Park in Los Angeles. Hundreds of his “Yang Gang” supporters attended the rally and can be seen wearing their “MATH” hats and Yang 2020 shirts. This wasn’t the typical campaign rally––there was a DJ, MC working the crowd and fireworks for Yang’s entrance to the stage.
This is the second campaign rally that Yang has held in Los Angeles, with his first in April, called “Humanity First” where Yang focused on his “Freedom Dividend” policy plan, also known as universal basic income.
In April when Yang held his first Los Angeles campaign rally, voters who attended didn’t know much about the candidate and heard about Yang from his interviews with Joe Rogan and conservative commentator Ben Shapiro at the time. Yang didn’t receive much mainstream media attention when he launched his campaign for the Democratic nomination back in November of 2017.
Since April, the underdog candidate has risen his national profile by being featured on multiple online podcasts as a guest to discuss his policies, which has built Yang an online following of supporters who now call themselves the “Yang Gang.” The Democratic debates gave Yang the opportunity to present his universal basic income plan to America, which he took full advantage of, by offering 10 random selected families $1,000 a month in the last debate.
“It’s time to trust ourselves more than our politicians, that’s why I’m going to do something unprecedented. Tonight my campaign will give a freedom dividend of $1,000 a month for an entire year to 10 American families,” said Yang in his opening statement in the September Democratic debates.
That strategy was effective for Yang. His campaign team announced they raised $1 million in 72 hours after the last debate and had over 450,000 people register for his contest.
Heading into his campaign rally in Los Angeles, the latest poll by Emerson showed Yang polling at 7%, which is 1% higher than Sen. Kamala Harris in her home state of California.
At Monday’s rally, Yang spoke to his voters about big tech companies like Amazon not paying taxes last year, the rising threat of automation and called out frontrunner Joe Biden and President Donald Trump.
“I am here with you tonight one of only two candidates in the field that 10% or more of Donald Trump voters say they will support,” said Yang. “Which means when I am the nominee we win the whole thing.”
“I voted for her for senator (Harris), I’m not going to vote for her in the primary or for president because I don’t think she has what it takes, the ideas just aren’t there they aren’t big enough,” Susan told Scriberr News, who attended the Yang rally and voted for Hillary Clinton in 2016. “California has been the world’s center of innovation driving A.I. and robotics literally for the entire world and I think there’s a lot of people here including millions of people that I know who work in Silicon Valley who probably see the reality that Andrew Yang is describing.”
“What the math says clear as day is that there is a straight line up between the adoption of industrial automation in a voting area and a movement towards Donald Trump in Pennsylvania, Ohio, Michigan, Wisconsin, Iowa,” said Yang during his speech. “We automated 4 million jobs mainly in those states, that is why Donald Trump is our president.”
Yang is referring to the Rustbelt states that Hillary Clinton failed to win over during the 2016 presidential election.
“I think Andrew Yang has the best vision for America of all the Democratic candidates and he’s the only one talking about the real problem problems that we are going to be facing in the coming 50 years,” John, a 20-year-old college student told Scriberr News. “I think a lot of people in California are waking up to this idea-driven campaign, I think we also see a lot of smart tech people in this area, and we are seeing the effects of automation.”
“I think he resonates as a non-politician and as a person who wants to help people, I like Kamala but she comes across as a politician,” Jim told Scriberr News, who voted for Hillary Clinton in the 2016 election. “Yang’s feelings around the legalization of marijuana, equally for all, humanity first–all those are very Southern California philosophies.”
Yang has qualified for the November Democratic debates and his campaign announced Tuesday that Yang has raised $10 million for the third quarter of the year.