Andrew Yang, a former presidential candidate, has officially broken up with the Democrat Party. Yang identifies his decision as “the right thing” to do.
Instead, Yang will become an independent, as revealed in a blog post published at the start of the week on his website. Yang identifies his decision to divest from the Democrats as a “strangely emotional experience.”
Yang recalled how he previously registered with the party in 1995, when he was 20 years old, during former President Bill Cinton’s efforts to be reelected over former Senator Bob Dole (R-KS).
“I remained a staunch Democrats … throughout my twenties,” Yang wrote, adding that he was “primarily” drawn to the national races, as many others were.
Yang also proceeds to recall how he helped fundraise for John Kerry at age 29, raising “maybe $3,000.”
He also added that he was thrilled with Obama’s presidential victory in 2008, though he admits he felt the thrill “to a lesser extent” when Obama won re-election in 2012.
Yang also added that he donated to Bernie Sanders’s campaign since all of Sanders’s statements “struck [him] as true,” though he ultimately voted for Hillary Clinton, as he perceived Trump “as a red flag and a call to action.”
In addition, Yang also extends his recollections to his own presidential campaign as a Democrat, followed by his subsequent support of Joe Biden, along with the various friends in the party he made while traveling through the nation as a primary opponent.
Though Yang has identified as a Democrat his “entire adult life,” he is also “confident that no longer being a Democrat is the right thing.”
While he has left the Democrat Party, Yang also urged his supporters, popularly known as the “Yang Gang,” to not change their own affiliations, as he added that could possibly “disenfranchise” individuals who live in the areas of the nation that are either “very red” or “very blue.”
In addition, Yang also justifies his decision by observing that “polarization is … worse than ever.”
Yang also believes that a change in mindset and subsequent departure from the Democrats will permit him to be “even more honest” about the system and the people within it.
“I believe I can have a greater impact this way,” Yang concluded.