Former presidential candidate and former tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang announced his independence after leaving the Democratic Party on Monday.
In an essay on his website, Mr. Yang, who built passionate supporters in 2019 during the party’s primary, highlighted his work for the Democratic Party. He noted that he had built deep relationships with activists, local leaders, and the fundraiser he found, and praised his support in the selection of party candidates, including President Biden.
Still, he said he could be more “honest” about politics and politicians if not constrained by official Democratic membership, and said the two-party system was “deadlocked.” Yang expressed support for alternative electoral systems such as primaries and ranked election votes, saying these are “significant reforms” that give voters more options for their campaigns.
“I believe we can reach people outside the system more effectively,” he writes. “I feel more … independent.”
Mr. Yang has had a hard time finding his foothold since the prominent surge in the 2020 race. Yang is one of the most famous Asian Americans to date in the presidential campaign and complains through proposals such as offering a basic income of $ 1,000 per month to all Americans. We have built the enthusiastic support of our voters.
After finishing an unlikely campaign, he joined CNN as a political commentator, launched his own podcast, and moved to Georgia in January to help the Democrats win the Senate elections.
The Mayor of New York’s bid was defeated this spring after Mr. Yang struggled to answer basic questions about the functioning of the city government and was unable to build quickly.
Last month he announced plans to start his own political party called the “Forward Party” — a phrase lifted from the last chapter of his recently published book.
In an excerpt from his book published by Politico this week, Mr. Yang talked about the strangeness of running for president and how that experience inflated his sense of importance.
“I was the CEO and founder of the company, but running for the office was another animal,” he writes. “Everyone in my orbit started treating me as if I were a presidential candidate. I was taking a short intensive course on how to treat something very powerful. -And that was strange. “
“We have found that force actually causes brain damage to you,” he added.