(RoyalPatriot.com )- A one-time Democratic candidate for president has announced that he will be starting his own political party in the near future.
Businessman Andrew Yang, who was unsuccessful in his bid for the Democratic nomination during the 2020 presidential primary season, no longer considers himself a Democrat, source said.
Politico recently reported that Yang, who is 46 years old, has plans to announce that he is starting a new political party in October. Business Insider has reported that Yang plans to aim his party and its policies and agendas at people who consider themselves to be centrists.
At this point, it’s not clear whether Yang has officially left the Democratic Party already, or what role he intends to play in politics in the future. While some may see this move as a way for Yang to circumvent traditional party politics to make another run at the presidency in 2024, it also could be a publicity stunt.
On October 5, Yang is set to release a new book that he wrote, called “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy.” It could just be coincidence, but it’s also odd that he’s set to announce a new party around the same time his book comes out.
Yang wasn’t just a failed presidential candidate in 2020. He also dropped out of the race for mayor in New York City after a poor showing in the Democratic Party there. He was behind several other candidates during the race.
The platform that Yang will run on isn’t clear yet. It’s also not clear how far of a reach Yang hopes to have, whether it be national political races, just local ones or some combination of both.
One thing that Yang is certain to push in his new party is a policy he calls the Freedom Dividend. It’s basically a Universal Basic Income that would pay every adult who’s a resident of the U.S. $1,000 per month.
He has said in the past that this program would help to prepare people against automation in jobs.
On his campaign website, Yang writes:
“By 2015, automation had already destroyed four million manufacturing jobs, and the smartest people in the world now predict that a third of all working Americans will lose their job to automation in the next 12 years. Our current policies are not equipped to handle this crisis. Even our most forward-thinking politicians are unprepared.”
In the 2020 presidential primary race, Yang dropped out after an early disappointing result in the New Hampshire primary. One month after he dropped out of the race, he endorsed now President Joe Biden, saying he was “the right man for the job to help us not just defeat Donald Trump, but govern the country in the years ahead.”
“I believe that Joe Biden will be the Democratic nominee, and I’ve always said I’m going to support whoever the nominee is. So, I hereby am endorsing Joe Biden to be not just the nominee for the Democratic Party but the next President of the United States.”
Now, it seems Yang won’t be supporting anyone in that party anymore.