As the federal government debates how to stimulate the economy during the COVID-19 coronavirus crisis, former 2020 candidate Andrew Yang is being praised for his leadership in pushing a Universal Basic Income (UBI).
During his campaign, Yang pushed the idea of a "Freedom Dividend" of $1,000 per month for all citizens over the age of eighteen.
Yang, who is now a CNN analyst, explained on the network that his team has been in touch with the White House:
Andrew Yang's team has been in touch with the White House. Andrew Yang: "Our team reached out and said hey we'd lo… https://t.co/GK5JUdXYmi— The Matt Skidmore Show (@The Matt Skidmore Show)1584470584.0
"I'm pleased to see the White House adopt our vision of putting money directly into the hands of hard-work Americans," Yang said in a statement. "I look forward to monitoring the developments of the White House as they consider methods of distribution, and both me and my team are eager to offer our support to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible."
"My hope is that these checks extend beyond this period of dire need in order to prepare us for any future crises and the continued transformation of our economy and our society," he added.
On Tuesday, #YangWasRight trended nationwide on Twitter. Here's some of what people were saying:
Who’s the hottest man on the planet right now Yang Gang? #YangWasRight https://t.co/bEAt7YXwGh— Thu Nguyen aka ThuYangGang 🧢 (@Thu Nguyen aka ThuYangGang 🧢)1584470542.0
Trump now likes “socialism.” #YangWasRight https://t.co/lcdaos65CH— Nancy Levine (@Nancy Levine)1584467093.0
A fed cash injection was never going to work. Neither would a payroll tax holiday. The entire service industry shut… https://t.co/5fTMLPYx82— Max Berezin (@Max Berezin)1584467709.0
“I’m incredibly excited by the fact that our government seems like they’re on the cusp of doing the common sense th… https://t.co/6PyocHrrji— TIME (@TIME)1584463357.0
#YangGang in light of a bipartisan consensus forming around UBI, let’s trend #YangWasRight today to keep raising aw… https://t.co/CtgQX4tvvz— We Need UBI/RCV 🧢🌺🇺🇸🍎 (@We Need UBI/RCV 🧢🌺🇺🇸🍎)1584457271.0
We worked so hard for this. We dedicated our lives to this. So unfortunate that a global pandemic was the way to op… https://t.co/CjOUVw2p0H— Party Mom Jr. (@Party Mom Jr.)1584466715.0
I have no doubt that a stimulus in some form would be considered regardless, but we all agree the fact everyone has… https://t.co/HlLehkRc5P— John Iadarola (@John Iadarola)1584468327.0
Yang also argued that a universal basic income would find bipartisan support. He was attacked from both sides, eith… https://t.co/HNr4JVi1ap— James Treakle 🎬 (@James Treakle 🎬)1584457970.0
Yang saw that means-testing was inefficient and a cruel barrier between the poor and their benefits. He was critici… https://t.co/WGeriyrJox— James Treakle 🎬 (@James Treakle 🎬)1584457970.0
This is not UBI But this is the biggest trial UBI has had, and will be used as proof of efficacy for a permanent U… https://t.co/uoTXl4Ya1T— Peter 🧢🌈💰✌️ (@Peter 🧢🌈💰✌️)1584465265.0
Well, @AndrewYang may have lost the primary, but he won the era.— Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈 (@Charlotte Clymer 🏳️🌈)1584461578.0
My statement on the discussed stimulus package. My team has been in touch with the White House and we are offering… https://t.co/tPA3JvZ6I9— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸)1584465409.0