#YangWasRight trends nationwide as America embraces Universal Basic Income during coronavirus pandemic
Andrew Yang speaking with attendees at the 2019 Iowa Democratic Wing Ding at Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa. (Gage Skidmore)

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:

"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: