DITCHING THE DONKEY: Andrew Yang Says Goodbye to Democratic Party, No Longer the ‘Right Thing’

Tech entrepreneur Andrew Yang, who ran unsuccessfully for New York City mayor and President of the United States, has announced his departure from the Democratic Party; he’s officially going Independent.

“I changed my voting registration from ‘Democrat’ to ‘Independent’ today. It was a strangely emotional experience,” Yang wrote in a blog post.

“I genuinely felt a shift in my mindset as soon as I signed it,” Yang added.

“My goal is to do as much as I can to advance our society. There are phenomenal public servants doing great work every day – but our system is stuck. It is stuck in part because polarization is getting worse than ever,” Yang wrote. “Many of the people I know are doing all of the good they can – but their impact is constrained. Now that I’m not a member of one party or another, I feel like I can be even more honest about both the system and the people in it.”

“Making partisan arguments – particularly expressing what I often see as performative sentiment – is sometimes uncomfortable for me. I often think, ‘Okay, what can we actually do to solve the problem?’ I’m pretty sure there are others who feel the same way I do,” Yang said.