As the new presidential election year is fast approaching, one name has managed to stand out from the rest.
Andrew Yang is called the most radical candidate in the 2020 elections. And he seems to be on a promising run for the title.
But it's not just his impressive credentials that have turned polls to his side.
Yang has been very outspoken about the social issues that he strongly believes need to and can be tackled. The list is long and includes Medicare for all, legalized marijuana, and circumcision.
He has been compared to Trump because he believes he can solve the problem that Trump has promised his supporters but eventually couldn't.
To make sure automatization doesn't take people's jobs away, leaving them with no income and Yang wants to give each citizen $1,000 every month.
Some people even believe it's a great idea.
Read on for a video of Yang explaining his plan in more detail.
It's just over a year and a half left until the next presidential election.The Cut says, with plenty of promising well-known names, including Elizabeth Warren and Cory Booker.
One candidate has managed to stand out from the crowd.
By the end of 2017, Yang had already launched his presidential bid but no one took him seriously.
Who is Andrew Yang?
But he cares about other major social issues too.
He has proposed an American Mall Act which would help revitalize shuttered malls.
He has even publicly admitted on Twitter he's opposed to circumcision.
Yang promises to work on this issue if he was elected.
The Week calls Yang the most radical 2020 presidential candidate.They wrote: "Has the Democratic Party really gone off the radical deep end?"
"It sometimes sounds like it from their fiery rhetoric, and the broad embrace of expansive visions, like the Green New Deal."
"They have a variety of plans and proposals to solve America's problems."
"Indeed, his critique is so radical that it's not clear even he has grasped the true extent of its implications."
But probably, the most radical action Yang is willing to take is his Freedom Dividend policy.
Announcing the Canine Dividend - 1,000 good boys per month. https://t.co/M12pkZvFAg— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸)1552433369.0
That's his solution to the loss of jobs that comes with rapid automatization.
The policy is supposed to prevent a "robot apocalypse," in which millions of people lose their jobs to machines.The New York Times. "[In a few years] we’re going to have a million truck drivers out of work who are ninety-four percent male, with an average level of education of high school or one year of college."
"And we’re about to do the same thing to retail workers, call center workers, fast-food workers, insurance companies, accounting firms."
"We have to solve the problems that got Donald Trump elected in 2016," Yang told ABC.added: "And to me, the main driver of his victory was that we automated away 4 million manufacturing jobs in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, the swing states he needed to win."
On Wednesday, Yang explained his Freedom Dividend plan in more detail on TMZ Live.He assured TMZ that "$1,000 monthly stipend to all adults won't make people lazy." Instead, it would have the opposite effect.
He said: "Evidence shows that it would actually make people want to get jobs and education."
Had a great time hearing @AndrewYang speak in Boston. The man knows what he is talking about AND has the evidence t… https://t.co/rtq81Magll— Ethan Sternberg (@Ethan Sternberg)1554938139.0
In the video, Yang also addressed some comparissons to Donald Trump that people have been making.
Some pics from the Boston Yang Party tonight! Felt like a Revolution. Let’s make the case for an economy that wor… https://t.co/d8zC6Jr8lB— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸)1554948421.0
Some Facebook users agree that it might be a great idea, however, it needs to be adjusted.Sandra Jintoorkar wrote: "Australia does it. Why not us? It would just go back into the economy. Why are we so against people in general having a decent standard of living? Wtf is wrong with Americans? So assbackwards and stupid."
Melanie S. Bristow said: "You know if this was actually done it would allow a lot of mothers to be able to stay home with their children and be there for them when they need to be."
Welp, now all my neighbors know I'm #YangGang. Hopefully they'll follow suit. 😎🤙 #Yang2020 https://t.co/zleIjtvSC6— Jessica Wales 🧢🍎🖖 (@Jessica Wales 🧢🍎🖖)1554766665.0
"Send it to families or people who are disabled that really need it not able bodied people who were going to school and things like that."
"I have to live with my mother at 46 years old and I was an ESCROW OFFICER."
Pied Piper said: "They do it in Alaska. They can do it in the other 49 states."
However, the aftermaths of Trump's election have taught others to be more cautious when it comes to presidential promises.
- Nothing is given for free everything comes at a cost.
- Never trust a politician for their word they will say anything during election year."
Mike Scheller said: "I remember when I ran for class president in elementary school and promised everyone root beer in the drinking fountains. Guess what, no root beer."
So should we take Andrew Yang's presidential campaign seriously?The Cut believes that Yang is very unlikely to become the next President of the United States.
Still, you can't deny that the competition is fierce and he's doing surprisingly well.
It looks like Andrew Yang will make the debates so it's probably time to consider him a "major" candidate. We're go… https://t.co/QJfX36a0pD— Nate Silver (@Nate Silver)1552398919.0
"Across just February and March, Yang raised $1.7 million, and in total has received donations from more than 80,000 people."
A lot had to go right for me to be in position to fight for other people. I plan to make the most of it.— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸)1554766655.0