Twenty candidates will participate in the first Democratic primary debates on Wednesday and Thursday. But outside the top contenders, most candidates are complete mysteries. BTRtoday takes a brief look at the Unknown Dems of the 2020 primary.
Andrew Yang, 44, entrepreneur/philanthropist
Yang is the 2020 primary’s most extremely online candidate. He’s powered his early campaign with viral memes and appealing to disaffected internet guys, regardless of political affiliation and it can be hard to tell how ironic much of his support really is. He’s openly courted the “pro-Trump internet” and nearly paid the consequences. The Yang Gang is most enamored with his plan for universal basic income, or UBI. The plan involves giving U.S. citizens a $1,000 monthly stipend—basically, free money. That’s an issue people can get behind, until it turns into a libertarian Trojan horse that completely guts America’s already flimsy social welfare benefits.
Yang’s best known business project is Venture for America, a nonprofit entrepreneurial training organization. He was recognized by the Obama White house twice in relation to entrepreneurial leadership. He’s a non-traditional Democrat who supports Medicare for All and eliminating unlimited corporate spending in politics, but toes the party line on issues like immigration, infrastructure and college tuition. And true to his online form, he’s the only 2020 Democrat who advocates for mobile voting powered by blockchain.