A few minutes into the second shouting match masquerading as a Democratic debate, political neophyte Andrew Yang got his moment to shine, his chance to make that crucial first impression with the millions of Americans who don’t have a clue who he is.
His first words: “I’m sorry.”
After establishing that he was, in fact, the Yang being asked a question, the millionaire entrepreneur recovered and went on to talk about his Freedom Dividend, in which he would give everybody over the age of 18 $1,000 a month as part of his plan to make up for income inequality.
But, alas, it was too late. Not even the #YangGang could save their leader from the internet’s savagery.
Andrew Yang’s first words on a presidential debate stage: “I’m sorry?"— Matt Viser (@mviser) June 28, 2019
I believe we can skip the Andrew Yang portion of our program#DemDebate2— Tom Nichols (@RadioFreeTom) June 28, 2019
“Andrew Yang, your plan would code $3.2 trillion. How would you do that?”— Seth Mandel (@SethAMandel) June 28, 2019
Yang: “I’m sorry?”
That’s the realest it’ll get tonight.
Andrew Yang, how will you go about paying every family $1000 per month? Yang: “I’m sorry?” Didn’t expect that one? #DemDebate— Robby Boyd (@BroRobbyBoyd) June 28, 2019
“I’m sorry” — Andrew Yang— Jason Palitsch (@JasonPalitsch) June 28, 2019
Gaffe or best opening debate line ever? #DemDebate
Andrew Yang: I will give every adult in America 1000 dollars every year.— Ryan Adams 🎞️🏳️🌈 (@filmystic) June 28, 2019
Moderator: That's $3.2 trillion each year. Where would that money come from?
Andrew Yang: .... I'm sorry, what?
Sure, he’s one of the only non-politicians in the race, but the internet also wants a candidate who knows when he’s being asked a question.
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