Longshot presidential candidate Andrew Yang targeted Hillary Clinton during his visit to Des Moines, Iowa, this week.
Speaking to a crowd the Polk County Steak Fry on Saturday, Yang said Clinton was simply not equipped to challenge Donald Trump.
“Donald Trump won in 2016 by pointing out the problems. What did Hillary Clinton say in response?” Yang asked. “He said, ‘Make America great again.’ What did Hillary say? ‘America’s already great.’ And we lost. We need a new message.”
Yang went on to say that Trump “defined the problems,” but offered the wrong solutions.
“We have to turn the clock forward,” Yang said. “We have to accelerate our economy and society as quickly as possible. We have to evolve in the way we think about work and value.”
Though he’s still polling in the single digits and struggling to get the attention that other candidates like Joe Biden and Elizabeth Warren are getting, Yang still believes he is best-equipped to beat Trump in 2020.
“I am one of only two candidates in the field that 10 percent or more of Trump voters say they will support,” he said. “So if I am your nominee, we will win.”
This is not the first time Yang has been the only one in the Democratic presidential field to be able to recognize that Trump’s appeal is his economic policies. While others push the idea that the president is racist and stoking fires of hate, Yang has argued that Americans support him because he offers better economic solutions. Yang has also criticized the economy under former President Barack Obama.
Many of the Democrats running for president are putting in face time in Iowa, but the trip has been a bit of a blunder for all of them. One stunt found the presidential candidates grilling steaks for potential voters, but it looked ridiculous when you consider the fact that many of them have argued for government restrictions on red meat.
As for Yang, he may not be as lost in space as the other Democratic candidates, but his ideas are certainly not the sort of things that get people elected. He has argued for the government giving $1000 a month to every American in order to better fight the implementation of automation in the workforce, for instance. He’s a candidate who seems more comfortable with crowd-surfing than talking policy.
Still, the political outsider thinks he has a chance. He even went ahead and gave himself a Trump nickname recently. That’s right. Yang is so desperate for attention from the president and media that he skipped the process of Trump nicknaming him and he went ahead and did it himself.
“Comrade Yang” is the nickname Yang told Politico that Trump would call him.
“Because it’s a little racist, a little socialist, communist,” Yang said.
In that same interview, Yang again recognized Trump’s economic appeal.
“I think President Trump correctly called out many of the problems that are facing the American people,” he said. “And I also do not think it’s a bad thing to engage with leaders that we don’t agree with. I think that sometimes those sorts of engagements can lead to very positive results.”
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