Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang is framing his long-shot, semi-viral candidacy for the Democratic nomination as the antithesis to President Donald Trump in 2020.
“We need to do the opposite of much of what we’re doing right now, and the opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes math,” Yang quipped in his opening statement at Wednesday night’s primary debate, making a reference to his slogan, “Make America Think Harder.”
Yang has positioned himself as the candidate of the future, painting a doom-and-gloom picture of tech automation’s consequences on the economy and the need to quickly address it. He warns that a number of American jobs will cease to exist in a decade because of new technology. His candidacy has caught some traction within Silicon Valley and tech communities.
He has acknowledged his unconventional style, bemoaning the political and media establishment for focusing more on his decision to not wear a necktie to the debates than his policies. He warned that the entire process resembles a reality show and that appeal is what gave way to Trump’s election. […]