Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang leave him Democratic Party for a new way “Onward.”
Yang called Fox News Thursday to discuss his new book, “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy,” his departure from the Democratic Party and his push for the nation to adopt rank voting.
“Our country faces many challenges, and I think more and more Americans are realizing that we are not ready to be successful, starting with the fact that we are pitted against each other and see other Americans like our mortal enemies when they are not, ”Yang told Fox News.
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Yang said that his delivered reflects on his’ experiences of running for president ‘, wanting to share what he’ has learned both about why it feels like we can’t get together and what we can do to make it happen. switch”.
The independent Democrat said he wanted people to “understand what it’s like to run for president” and “understand why it feels like you are stuck.”
“We’re stuck because the system is designed not to work, really,” Yang said. “And if you have a dysfunctional system that is designed not to work, then expecting it to work will make you increasingly angry and frustrated over time.”
“What is needed is to actually change the system so that the incentives of our legislators are linked to us and our lives and how we do and what we think as opposed to who is linked at the moment. Yang continued.
Yang’s new book coincides with the launch of a new political party, the Forward Party. He told Fox News he thinks America needs a “third party” and compared a third to a two-company alternative.
“I’m an entrepreneur and I want everyone to think about it: if you were to show up in a market and there were two companies, then 62% of people wanted an alternative to those companies,” Yang said. “Wouldn’t you like there to be at least a third choice? And I think a lot of Americans are on the same page.”
“We can see that the current system is not working, that we are losing a lot of common sense, that there should be a common sense and middle party,” Yang continued. “And that’s what the Forward Party is.”
Yang also said that his new party is an “inclusive popular movement” open to registered members of both parties.
In his blog post announcing his departure from the Democratic Party, Yang encouraged his supporters to remain loyal to their respective parties, saying they would be “disenfranchised” if they left due to the strong presence of only one party in a region.
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Yang stuck to his call for supporters to remain loyal to their parties, saying the “practical truth” is that “many people, if they changed their party’s registration, would not be able to vote in any of their local elections “.
“Again, this is how the system is set up. It is unfortunate, but we are not impractical in the Forward Party,” he said. “We’re not going to say, ‘Hey, give up your ability to influence what’s going on in your community. “You can help the Forward Party achieve its goals and maintain the party’s current registration.”
“The goal is to make sure you have a dynamic system that allows for more freelancers, but asking someone to reduce their ability to participate before making that change is one of the reasons we need to work as fast as possible, ”Yang added.
Yang also advocated for national adoption of the preferential vote, saying the system allows people “to vote for whomever you want and no one can accuse you of spoiling or wasting your vote.”
The former Democrat claimed that “83%” of congressional elections are decided “before the general primary elections” because the seat is a safe seat for a party and “most people don’t even have two choices” in an election over.
“So if you have somewhere between a choice, which isn’t a real choice, which is where most people are, then you’ve got a stuck system,” Yang explained. “If you have a preferential vote you can vote for whoever you want and even if they only get a handful of votes you don’t hurt anyone because you can just rank the Republican or whatever. who second. “
Yang also said that Americans “are being manipulated and told the problem is on the other side” when the political system “is set up both to make us more and more upset over time. and also for making no meaningful progress on one of the issues that most Americans care about, ”which he said was a factor in his exit from Democrats.
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Yang told Fox News that his new party was already enjoying support after its launch and that the party plans to “uplift” Republican and Democratic candidates “who are for these principles of having a more vibrant democracy that reflects different views and gives each and every Americans, regardless of party affiliation, have a say in their representation. “
“Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy” was released Tuesday and can be found on Amazon.
Houston Keene is a reporter for Fox News Digital. You can find him on Twitter at @HoustonKeene.