Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang Makes the DNC Debates as well as The Daily Show

The first time I wrote about presidential candidate Andrew Yang was in September of last year, when I interview him last Summer 2018 regarding his run for President Of The United States (POTUS). A lot has happened since then, including a whole slew (about 15+) of Democrats have announced their run for president.

Last week, Yang made it on to The Daily Show in a news report by correspondent Ronny Chieng, who chatted with Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang about his push for a universal basic income – which is pretty hilarious. In my book, if you’re running for office and make it on The Daily Show, you’re legit!

But more importantly, Yang has officially qualified for the Democratic National Committee’s 2019 debates for this June and July – as The Washington Post put its: “Andrew Yang is running for president. Haven’t heard of him? You will soon.”:

Yang announced Monday that he surpassed 65,000 donors, the Democratic National Committee’s threshold for participants in the first two debates. A party official said the DNC won’t announce the slate of debaters until at least two weeks before the event.

The milestone capped an improbable month-long run. In that time, donations to his campaign flowed in from around the country, his rallies got more crowded and his Twitter following more than tripled, from 40,000 to more than 130,000 in 30 days, propelled by a rabid online fan base known as the Yang Gang.

He says it all started on the “Joe Rogan Experience.”

Yang appeared on Rogan’s podcast, which has more than 4 million subscribers on YouTube alone, in February to talk about his trademark policy proposal, “The Freedom Dividend,” his poll-tested name foruniversal basic income. After that, he said, his campaign took off.

“It seems like a lot of people started paying attention all at once,” Yang said in an interview with The Washington Post.


Monmouth University poll in February put his support among Democratic voters at 1 percent, still a long way from the front of the pack but the same as Eric Holder and Sens. Sherrod Brown (D-Ohio) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.). Yang exulted in a tweet.

He thinks, as all politicians must, that the more people hear from him, the more they’ll support him. On Rogan’s show, Yang, who founded Venture for America, held court for nearly two hours, discussing the threat automation poses to working Americans. He explained that, as president, he would institute a value-added tax on tech companies to pay all U.S. citizens over the age of 18 $1,000 per month, a dramatic expansion of the social safety net that would guarantee tens of millions of Americans a $12,000 annual income.”

Yang has strategically reached out to as many social media influencers as well as reached out to many across the other isle, including those on Fox News – including Tucker Carlson (whom I’m not a fan of …) – who he impressed:

Most recently, this past week, Yang visited the San Francisco Bay Area again and had his largest rally yet in San Francisco – with an estimated crowd of over 3,000 people.

Unfortunately, I work in San Jose, so the drive up to San Francisco probably would have taken over 1.5 to 2 hours given traffic these days. I did get to catch Yang speak at a smaller event in Saratoga, California.

I’m looking forward to seeing Yang increasingly seeing greater media exposure – I hope soon at a CNN townhall and other mainstream media outlets. If there’s a Southwest flight I can make to see Yang debate in June and July, I’m there (work schedule permitting). I think it is tremendously important to have Asian Americans involved in the political process at all levels of government, including running for president.

Full disclosure: I have donated to Yang’s campaign in the past and may in the future.

The Daily Show: Michelle Rhee

The Daily Show with Jon Stewart

Last month, Tina had blogged about Michelle Rhee and her distaste for Rhee’s maniacal focus focus on standardized testing. I think I had first heard of Rhee when she graced the cover of Time Magazine back in 2008 and learned in that article that Rhee was selected by Washington, D.C. Mayor’s at that time, Adrian Fenty, named her chancellor of the school system – even though she had no experience running a school, let alone a district with 46,000 students. Rhee had been running a nonprofit called the New Teacher Project, which helps schools recruit good teachers prior to being recruited to D.C.

Beyond that article, I don’t actually know too much about her except that she was considered a controversial figure in the education world. While I am not opposed to standardized testing, and have blogged about college entrance exams in Asia, testing does have a role in learning and trying to measure (though of course, inexactly) how much one has learned.

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Olivia Munn Covers Russian Espionage on The Daily Show

Olivia Munn made her second appearance on The Daily Show this past week, and this time around, she does a fairly decent job of trying to be comedic and funny, compared to her debut last month. If you haven’t heard, the FBI arrested 11 suspected Russian spies last week who have been incognito in the United States for as long as up to ten years.

Maybe the remake of Red Dawn should actually be focused on the Russians again instead of the Chinese.

Olivia Munn Debuts On The Daily Show

Last night on The Daily Show, Olivia Munn from G4’s Attack of the Show debuted as the show’s newest “Senior Asian Correspondent.” She attempts to report on the plight of the Vietnamese fishermen in the Gulf of Mexico in a segment titled, “The Spilling Fields – Vietnamese Fisherman,” until all the other correspondents show up to fight over who gets to be the latest Senior Asian Correspondent. Aasif Mandvi especially has an issue with this. Jon describes Olivia as of Vietnamese descent, which surprised me, considering her Wikipedia profile says she is Chinese and German-Irish. Her faux Vietnamese is pretty decent though.