Andrew Yang pushes back against mainstream ‘impeachment narrative’


Someone should have told the democrats that they had better be careful what they wished for, particularly as it pertains to the idea of impeachment.

From the moment that House Speaker Nancy Pelosi announced the latest escalation in the Democrats’ anti-Trump tactics, there was concern.  This “formal impeachment inquiry” sounded a bit like a cop-out for the party, who had already been conducting exhaust research into Donald Trump’s conduct both during and before his presidency.  By adding the word “formal”, it seems that Pelosi was attempting to send some sort of message to the media; namely that it’s time to start covering this probe nonstop.

And they’ve listened, plastering their broadcasts with unending coverage of whatever this latest investigation truly represents.  Given the President’s behavior over the course of the last few days, this is precisely what Trump was looking for as well.  It is imperative that Trump forces the Democrats’ hand sooner rather than later, so that the failure of this impeachment push in the Senate will be a feather in his cap for 2020.

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But not everyone on the left side of the aisle is enthused about the wall-to-wall coverage, including 2020 hopeful Andrew Yang.

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Presidential candidate Andrew Yang is worried that if impeachment dominates the 24-hour news cycle, it will hurt Democrats who are trying to win over swing voters who have been impacted by automation associated with the Fourth Industrial Revolution.

“I think the Trump-centered media narrative is generally not helpful because there’s a real Democratic tendency to say that Trump is the embodiment of all of our problems. And if we just get him out, the problems go away,” Yang told CNBC’s John Harwood in a podcast interview released on Wednesday.

Harwood asked if it will be a “negative thing” if impeachment dominates the “the political discussion for quite a long time” and drowns out voices discussing “the future of work and problems associated with it.”

Yang is considered a long-shot candidate in the 2020 race, despite his recent and impressive fundraising hauls.

The businessman is currently polling at 3.5% nationally, according to Real Clear Politics.

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