Andrew Yang has left the Democratic Party and has declared himself an independent.
Andrew Yang, who ran for the Democratic presidential nomination and the mayorship of New York this year but lost, announced Monday
that he is “breaking up” with the Democratic Party and has registered as an independent.
“I changed my registration from Democrat to Independent today.”
In an essay published on his blog, Yang said, “Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the correct thing to do since I believe I can
have a greater influence this way,” adding that he believes he can reach more people outside of the two-party system.
” effectively,” adding, “Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way.”
According to the former businessman, he has been a Democrat his whole adult life, having registered as such when he was 20 years old in 1995.
He also discussed his experiences as a Democrat, including his mayoral and presidential bids.
Yang, 46, stated that he and the party were “an unusual fit,” noting that he was “practical” rather than “ideological,” and that making
partisan arguments “especially expressing what I often regard as a performative feeling — is often awkward for me.
” Yang also stated that now that he is self-employed, he is able to be
“even more honest about both the system and the people who work in it.”
“I’ve witnessed politicians publicly crucify one another, only to appear collegial or friendly behind the scenes a few minutes later.
There’s a lot of theatre in it “Yang remarked.
“Perhaps it’s because of my upbringing, but I’m more at ease trying to change the system than being a part of it.”
In an op-ed published by CNN on Sunday, Yang wrote on political division, claiming that America is “very polarised.”
He urged that more states, like Alaska, adopt an open primary system to combat polarisation.
He wrote, “Many politicians appear to be pandering to their base rather than attempting to persuade people in the middle.”
“The easiest strategy to lessen polarisation is to change our leaders.
‘ incentives so that they may act more independently rather than trying to sway hyperpartisan voters.”
The body of Miya Marcano, a missing University of Florida student, has been located.
Andrew Yang is ‘breaking up with the Democratic Party and is now an independent