Andrew Yang has officially left the Democrats to become an independent.
Andrew Yang, a failed presidential candidate and New York City mayor, announced on Monday that he has officially changed his political registration from Democrat to independent, seeking to “be even more honest about both the system and the people in it.”
Yang, who originally gained recognition by campaigning for a “universal basic income” of $1,000 per month for all Americans, stated that he has been a Democrat his “entire adult life” and continues to have friends and colleagues in the party.
“Yet, I’m confident that no longer being a Democrat is the right thing to do,” he said in a statement posted to his Twitter account.
“Please bear in mind that I am NOT recommending that you change your voter registration to Independent, as I have.” If you live in the 83 percent of the country that is very blue or very red, doing so could result in your disenfranchisement. As a result, I considered either not making the change or not talking about it,” he explained.
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In a statement, Andrew Yang stated that by going independent, he aims to “be even more honest about both the system and the people in it.”Yang, whose book “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy” is due out on Tuesday, believes he will be able to have a greater difference by quitting the Democratic Party.
“My purpose is to contribute as much as I can to the advancement of our civilization.” Every day, there are outstanding public officials doing excellent work — but our system is broken. It’s stuck in part because polarization is worsening than ever. “Many of the people I know are doing everything they can to help, but their impact is limited,” he said.
“Now that I’m not a member of either party, I feel like I can be even more honest about both the system and the people who work in it,” Yang added.
Last month, the software entrepreneur hinted that he will form a third party.