Andrew Yang Exits 2020 Presidential Race

The field of 2020 Democrats continues to get narrower and narrower as time passes. Competition is only tightening, with candidates eager to take out adversaries and woo the left-wing base. Some candidates, such as Julian Castro, dropped out and went on to endorse one of their former rivals. Others, such as Kamala Harris and Kirsten Gillibrand, have yet to openly endorse any of the 2020 contenders who remain.

Andrew Yang by Gage Skidmore, on Flickr

Andrew Yang” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

Technology entrepreneur Andrew Yang is the latest Democrat to suspend his presidential campaign. Yang ended his campaign last night, coincidentally at the same time as the New Hampshire primary, as documented by Breitbart News. Even prior to last night, Yang’s candidacy demonstrated signs of distress, from a poor performance in the Iowa caucus to failing to qualify for primary debates and having to lay off staffers.

A Closer Look at the End of Yang’s Candidacy

The now-former contender announced the end of his presidential run before supporters in New Hampshire.

Yang not only thanked those who backed his campaign, but also professed that despite his unsuccessful run, the work he’d done thus far was only “the beginning.” When conversing with reporters later in the night, Yang stated that he believed he didn’t live up to certain folks’ expectations; simultaneously, the Democrat also admitted that his “competitiveness” made him disappointed that he didn’t defeat “these people” who currently remain as 2020 candidates.

In declaring the end of his presidential campaign, Yang affirmed that he will back whichever person wins the Democrat nomination. Before closing out his remarks, the tech entrepreneur also expressed hope that remaining candidates will remember that President Trump “is not the cause of all of our problems.”

According to results from the New Hampshire primary election, Yang arrived at seventh place, being beaten out by multiple contenders.

The Greater Picture

During Yang’s time as a presidential candidate, he encouraged Democrats to approach some matters from a different angle. The entrepreneur regularly asserted that the left is making a mistake in branding President Trump as the source of all issues; moreover, the now-former 2020 Democrat also encouraged his party to consider the reason for Trump’s victory.

Yang Gang sign by Gage Skidmore, on Flickr

Yang Gang sign” (CC BY-SA 2.0) by Gage Skidmore

In many cases and during his time at primary debates, Yang would cite the loss of manufacturing jobs and the rise of jobs being automated out of existence as reasons for the president’s 2016 victory. Unlike many others within his party, the tech entrepreneur frequently warned Democrats about focusing too mightily on impeachment, stating that doing so would collectively backfire on the party as a whole.

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