October 4 (WNN) — Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced Monday that he is leaving the party to become a registered independent.
Yang, who also ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City this year, said his decision to leave the Democratic Party is based on the belief that he would achieve more as an independent as part of a “polarized” two-party system. can do.
Calling it a “strange emotional experience” for a lifelong Democrat, Yang, 46, revealed in a blog post on his website that he is “breaking up” with the party.
He wrote, “My goal is to do as much as I can to move our society forward. Unprecedented public servants are doing great things every day – but our system is stuck.”
“It’s stuck partly because polarization is getting worse than ever. Many of the people I know are doing the best they can – but their impact is constrained. Now that I Not being a member of one party or another, I feel like I can be even more honest about both the system and the people in it.”
During his campaign for the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination, Yang focused his policies on a universal basic income of about $1,000 for every American, which he dubbed the “freedom dividend.”
He finished sixth in the Iowa caucus, receiving 1% of state representative counterparts. He later garnered about 15% of the vote in the New Hampshire Democratic primary before suspending his campaign.
Yang also ran for mayor of New York City this year to replace Mayor Bill de Blasio, who was barred from running for a third term. In an adaptation of his universal basic income platform, he proposed a plan to provide $2,000 per year for about 500,000 low-income city residents.
In his statement on Monday, the former businessman said he first registered as a Democrat in 1995 when he was 20 years old and that officially changing his status to “independent” did not reflect disenchantment with the party. , is rather a reflection on the deadlock. of American politics.
“Severing ties with the Democratic Party seems like the right thing to do as I believe I can have more influence this way,” he wrote.