Andrew Yang did not win Thursday night’s Democratic Primary debate, the second of two groupings of 2020 presidential candidates who took the stage on back-to-back nights in Miami.
The 44-year-old entrepreneur spoke for only two minutes and 56 seconds – by far the least of all the candidates on the stage. Despite being in the top 10 candidates by polling, his speaking time was nearly doubled by Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and former Colorado governor John Hickenlooper, both polling at zero percent, and almost tripled by Sen. Michael Bennet (D-Colo.), also a zero-percent-er. He blamed it on faulty microphone.
“There were also a few times, FYI, where I just started talking, being like, ‘Hey, I want to add something there,’ and my mic was not on,” he told supporters after the event.
The tie-less tech veteran was nowhere to be found when Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) sparred with former vice president Joseph R. Biden Jr., or when the entire field argued over the minutia of their respective healthcare plans.
Yang did, when prompted directly, give a succinct and articulate answer about his universal basic income (UBI) plan, which consists of giving all adult Americans $1000 per month.
But despite his troubles on stage, Yang has, well, memes.
The political outsider garnered a considerable groundswell of online supporters, who dubbed themselves the #YangGang, when he first announced his candidacy and UBI plan.
Yang memes abounded, filled with colorful anime girls and the infamous Pepe the Frog, which was the preferred symbol of President Donald J. Trump’s online supporters in the 2016 cycle. His online backers, using the #YangGang hashtag, joked about how they would spend their #YangBux – that is their $1000 per month – when Yang became president.
Yang might not have won the debate, but his gang of online trolls – and I use that term in the most respectful manner possible – made sure that he did not lose the high-profile DRUDGE Report poll.
As of Friday morning, Yang topped DRUDGE’s chart, with 28.43 percent of respondents – just over 18,000 voters – saying that he beat out all of the other candidates by a wide margin.
While Harris, a serious presidential contender, placed second with 17.3 percent of the votes, author and spiritual guide Marianne Williamson placed third with 12.8 percent.
The poll was clearly used by internet contrarians to bolster the two outsider candidates, neither of which are likely to be the Democratic Party’s nominee. The candidates might be far different than they were three years ago, but meme culture remains the same.
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Republican Voter Registration is Surging in Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania in the Runup to the November Election
This is even more important than polls.
The Republican Party is handily registering more voters than Democrats in the critical swing states of Florida, Arizona, and Pennsylvania in the advance of the 2020 presidential election, a strong sign for the GOP in the competitive states.
Republicans have registered more than 135,000 voters to their party than Democrats have since 2016, a handy lead in a state in which the margin of victory was 44,000. Pennsylvania is probably the most critical state in the 2020 election.
Republicans have registered a strong plurality of the new voters to register in Arizona since August, with 43% of these voters aligning as Republican. 26% have registered as Democrats, and 29% registered with no party affiliation or with another political party.
Did some further number crunching on the newly registered 57,000 voters in Maricopa, including those from #VoterRegistrationDay that have been input in the system. So far, good news for GOP.
GOP: +24,753 (43%)
DEM: +14,815 (26%)
Other: +16,966 (29%)
— The AZ – abc15 – Data Guru (@Garrett_Archer) September 24, 2020
President Trump won the southwestern state by 4.5% in 2016, with rapid population growth and immigration turning Arizona into a purple state.
Republicans appear to be crushing Democrats in decisive fashion in the voter registration struggle in Florida, registering a whopping 41% more voters than the Democrat Party is in the state. The GOP registered 58,000 new Republican voters in August alone, a 91% increase when compared to August of 2016. Leading Democrats have even been sounding the alarm in the state, having lost it in 2016 with a far greater numerical voting lead then they’ll have this time.
The Joe Biden campaign has largely refrained from traditional political activism and door-knocking in the state, preferring to let their candidate speak through appearances on Sunday shows and softball interviews.
If the President wins these three states, he’s in an extremely strong position for victory, even if Biden wins Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. He’d need to hold North Carolina and Ohio to end up with 274 electoral college votes in this scenario.
These statistics are more pertinent than polls with highly questionable methodologies and flawed participant selection methods.
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