Former presidential candidate Andrew Yang will soon be announcing the launch of his very own political party, after he has officially left the Democratic Party, the New York Post reports.
The former entrepreneur is set to announce his new party alongside the release of his new book, “Forward: Notes on the Future of Our Democracy,” which comes out on October 5th. The book’s publisher, Penguin Random House subsidiary Crown, promotes the book as “a powerful and urgent warning that we must step back from the brink and plot a new way forward for our democracy.”
Yang was one of the numerous candidates for the Democratic nomination for president in the 2020 election, which was the largest primary field in American history. Yang’s candidacy, which primarily focused on his unusual promise of a universal basic income of $1,000 per month for all Americans, gained a surprising level of media attention due to his passionate online following.
Despite the sudden “dark horse” status, Yang faced several setbacks on the campaign trail due to his political inexperience, and ultimately dropped out after an eighth-place finish in the New Hampshire primary. But Yang nevertheless continued supporting the Democratic Party, endorsing Joe Biden and actively campaigning for John Ossoff and Raphael Warnock, the Democratic candidates for the U.S. Senate in Georgia.
Yang’s next campaign was for the Democratic nomination for Mayor of New York City. When he first announced his run, his name recognition saw him top most polls for the nomination; however, as the campaign entered the final months, a number of gaffes and flip-flops ultimately saw his candidacy crumble, and he came in fourth place.