After running a not-so-successful campaign for the President’s post, Andrew Yang is now trying to become the Mayor of New York City. The mayoral field may be competitive but Yang has gained popularity thanks to his tweets. But considering how the last four years we saw a President ride through his outrageous tweets, Yang’s tweets may appear comical or dangerous.
However, making fun of this millionaire can seem like a reprieve after a year of lockdown and protests. On January 15th, Yang tweeted in admiration for the bodegas of New York City, “New York City loves its bodegas! The 14,000 bodegas are vital to our city – let’s support them and keep them open.” The problem with this particular tweet was that Yang could be seen walking into a store like a Walgreens instead of a bodega.
On February 13, Yang Tweeted, “Does Shake Shack still count as a NY restaurant? My boys say yes.” On March 1, he shared a photo of himself while on the A train to the Bronx. The only problem was the A-line does not actually go to the Bronx.
Then there is his super popular tweet on National Pets Day. This tweet would probably make sense to very few people, he tweeted, “On #NationalPetsDay celebrating our dog Grizzly who we raised as a puppy but had to give away because one of our boys became allergic to him. Miss you Grizz! #dogsforyang.” This tweet faced a lot of criticisms with regards to rehoming the dog.
The actual problem with Andrew becoming the mayor of New York City does not lie in his tweets but in his policies. They have been overlooked by now because most outlets have been roasting him.
In February last year, when Yang was still running for President, he called abortion a tragedy. He said, “I think we have to get back to the point where no one is suggesting that we be celebrating an abortion at any point in the pregnancy.” This was told during a presidential forum which was hosted by a reproductive rights organization. This being said at a time when the right to abortion is being attacked while so many states are passing legislation that bans the procedure. This is coming at a time when one out of four women statistically may have an abortion along with various nonbinary people and trans men.
Yang is also considered an anti-teacher union candidate because he at one point blamed the teacher unions who have struggled to make sure that teachers stayed safe during the virus were slow in re-introducing in-person teaching during the pandemic. Studies have displayed that kids are a vital factor in the spread of the virus and as of April 6, 919 teachers have passed away due to the virus.
On April 11, Yang tweeted for policing street vendors in NYC, “You know what I hear over and over again – that NYC is not enforcing rules against unlicensed street vendors. I’m for increasing licenses but we would do more for the retailers who are paying rent and trying to survive. I’d like to bring more unlicensed vendors into the legal market. Education for immigrant/non-English speaking vendors on rules of vending, opening more spaces for legal outdoor vending working with small businesses to broker tensions all would help.”