Getting to Know Andrew Yang | The Daily Show

Getting to Know Andrew Yang | The Daily Show

– When Andrew Yang started
running for president no one cared, but then
when they found out he was gonna give
out free money, all of a sudden
everyone knew his name. (crowd laughs)
(upbeat music) So, who is Andrew Yang? Other than the man
debate moderators turn to when they’re sick of
being yelled at by Bernie, it turns out he’s got a
pretty interesting story. – [Reporter] His parents
immigrated from Taiwan. His father, a physicist. His mother has a master’s
in math and statistics. Yang grew up in
Schenectady, New York. – [Andrew] I was a very
nerdy, Chinese kid. I played piano, and had braces. – [Reporter] He
studied economics, and political science at Brown, and went to law
school at Columbia. – [Reporter] Yang made millions helping Americans study
harder for standardized tests, as CEO of Manhattan Prep. He then founded
Venture for America, an organization helping
entrepreneurs create jobs in cities like
Baltimore, and Detroit, and Yang says it helped
push him into politics. – [Reporter] He was named a Presidential Ambassador
of Entrepreneurship by the Obama administration, and a champion of change. – Okay wait, what? I didn’t know that. Yang was Obama’s Ambassador
of Entrepreneurship? I didn’t know that. Why does he never talk
about that at the debates? Yeah, ’cause if you have
anything to do with Obama, you gotta bring that shit up
every time you got a chance. (crowd laughs) Every other candidate does it. I was his vice president. I worked in his cabinet. If you squint, I kind
of look like him. (crowd laughs) So Andrew Yang, is a lawyer, who made millions of
dollars as an entrepreneur, but what got his presidential
campaign noticed, was not how much money he has, but how much money he
was willing to give away. – [Reporter] He
announced in 2017. That barely moved the needle. Then he went on “The
Joe Rogan Experience” in February of 2019. He talked about his
universal basic income plan, which would give every American
citizen $1,000 a month, and suddenly the mentions
of him skyrocketed. – Tonight, free money
for every American adult for every month, no
strings attached. Presidential candidate
Andrew Yang’s big idea? Give every American
adult $1,000 a month. – If you’ve heard anything
about me and my campaign, you’ve heard
something like this, there’s an Asian man
running for president, who wants to give
everyone $1,000 a month. – Under universal basic income,
or as Andrew Yang calls it, the Freedom Dividend. His proposal is that
every single American, over the age of 18, would receive a check
for $1,000, every month, no strings attached. Every American. Even Bill Gates, yeah.
(crowd laughs) And like, what is
Bill Gates gonna do with a check for $1,000? Just be like, “Great,
I can dip this in water “and use it as a wet nap. “Thank you U.S.
Government, thank you.” (crowd laughs) So, that’s the policy that
made Andrew Yang famous. And it turns out, there’s a
lot more where that came from. – [Reporter] No other
Democratic candidate has more policy stances on
their website than Yang. From core issues like
the Freedom Dividend, to more obscure ones targeting
airlines, and robocalling. Some of his other
policy proposals? Medicare for all, gun safety and even free marriage
counseling for all. – [Reporter] Yang says that, he would pardon
every prison inmate convicted of nonviolent
marijuana offenses if he gets elected. – And Andrew Yang says
that if he were elected, he would promote transparency,
by declassifying information about Air Force Area 51. – So, if I become privy to
information about aliens, or Area 51 or anything
that I am able to share, I will share it. – Ah, okay… (audience laughs) – That’s super exciting. If Andrew Yang becomes
president, he’s
gonna tell all of us what’s in Area 51? That is so dope!
(crowd cheers) That is so dope because we
get to learn about aliens, and Rudy Giuliani gets
to meet his family. Wow, everybody wins.
(crowd cheers) So, that’s Andrew Yang. A businessman,
turned politician, who wants to show us the
money, and the aliens. Oh, and there’s one other thing
you should know about him. He’s probably gonna to
spend his $1,000 a month on the swear jar. – If Donald Trump’s the
scissors, I’m the (beep) rock. There’s a lot of
bullshit around it too. I call bullshit! And I should really
(beep) do it. That’s right, I did
some (beep) math. (beep) Shit.
(beep) Challenge (beep) accepted. You are getting (beep), and so because you’re
getting (beep), you’re just like, “Hey,
I don’t want to care.”, and I wanna undo that. I want to (beep) you.
(crowd laughs) And so if you want to
help me (beep) you, then vote me into office. – What? I want to (beep) you? I gotta say, that’s a
weird presidential pitch, but it would make a really
original R&B song you know. It’s like, ♪ If I had known your bed was
a mattress on the ground boy ♪ ♪ Ooh I want to (beep) you ♪ (crowd laughs)
But yeah it turns out, Andrew Yang doesn’t just
have tons of policies, he has a ton of curse words. And you know what? That could actually be the key to getting him more
attention at these debates. Yeah, think about it. Trump didn’t get on stage and release a bunch
of policy papers. No, he went up there and
he said he had a big penis, and if Americans voted for him, the rest of us would
have big penis’s too, (crowd laughs) and Mexico would pay for them. (crowd laughs) So Andrew Yang, if you
want more media attention, you gotta take it man. The next time you
get up on that stage, make your six minutes count. Just come out on
stage and be like, “Elect me and I’ll make it
rain every (beep) month. “Universal Basic Income for all
you universal basic bitches. “This shit’s gonna work
and you can trust my ass “’cause I rolled with
Barack (beep) Obama.” (crowd cheers)
(crowd laughs) – The 2020
presidential campaign. Like my afternoon poop,
it’s not quite here yet, but I can already feel it. Out of all the candidates there’s only one I
can see myself in. – I’m Andrew Yang and I’m running for president
as a Democrat in 2020. – He’s a successful
business man, and I don’t know if it’s
the cut of his suits, or the way he lights up a room, but there’s just
something about this guy, that makes me want to vote for
him based on zero research. Okay, so you’re Asian. You’re running for president. What else is there to know?
(crowd laughs) – My platform. – Right, I thought your
platform was being Asian. (crowd laughs) – There are many, many other
Americans who care more about my stance on the issues, than
frankly, what my race is. – Which is? – Asian. – Yes, and that’s all
we need to know here. Okay, let’s wrap this up. (mellow music) – You know, I think we
should discuss my platform. – If you want to talk about
what you believe, or whatever, go for it. I’m gonna edit all
this out by the way. – I believe that every American
adult, at the age of 18, should get $1,000 a month, free and clear from
the government, to do whatever they want. – For working hard, right? – Well, for being a citizen
of this great country. – As his ads show, Yang is all
about universal basic income. The idea that the government should give everyone
a monthly check, even if they’re not working. You can’t just give
people free money. That’s the only
reason people work. If I was getting paid
without having to work. (crowd laughs) – You can’t quit your
job on $12,000 a year. It would make it so
American’s can transition as technology is eating
away many, many jobs. Artificial intelligence
is around the corner. – Oh my god. Artificial intelligence, robots, that’s your thing? – Yes. – Dude, you are making it
so hard to blindly vote on identity politics right now. – Projections are that
about 44% of American jobs are subject to automation. Self driving cars and trucks are going to displace
five million Americans who drive for a living. – Shit. – It’s going to displace hundreds of thousands
of book keepers, lawyers, and on and on. – [Ronny] According to Yang, everyone but me should
get ready to be replaced. So if Andrew Yang is going to stand a
chance in this election, he’s gonna have to learn what
really excites today’s voters. – If we had a value added tax at even half the
European level, we can– – You’re using all these
numbers, and all this nerd shit. Listen, there’s only one thing that wins election in America. That’s fear, and hate. – That’s two things.
(crowd laughs) – Okay again, with the numbers. People are jobless, angry, and ready to blame their
problems on other race. And robots are the one
race it’s okay to hate. – Yeah well, robots
aren’t a race for one. – Good, deny their humanity. That’s a great first step.
(crowd laughs) Next time you campaign, I
want you to go out and say, “Robots are causing all the
robot crime in robot Chicago.” – But there is no robot Chicago. – It doesn’t matter, we’re
not talking about truth. We’re talking about
hate, and fear, and getting in power, for Asian people,
(crowd laughs) and getting revenge on
every single person, whoever said we
weren’t good enough. – I’m for none of those things. – Good thing I’m
here to help you out. So, this is an ad we
prepared for your campaign. – Andrew Yang knows
America is being invaded, by robots. They’re sneaking
across the border, taking the jobs we love,
(crowd laughs) and imposing their
same-sex robot sharia law. Andrew Yang will stop the
robots from banging your wife, and becoming your son’s new dad. Yang, 2020. You will not replace us. What do you think? – It’s kind of the opposite
of where we need to go. – So you do not
approve this message? – No, I do not
approve this message. – You do not what? Sorry, I missed that. – Approve this message. – And what is your name again? – I’m Andrew Yang. – [Ronny] Yang 2020, (beep) the robots, (beep) them to hell. – I’m Andrew Yang and
I approve this message. (crowd laughs) – Presidential
candidate Andrew Yang, is currently polling
in sixth place. (crowd cheers) But you wouldn’t know it from
the media coverage he gets. In fact, Yang only ranks
13th in cable news mentions, which probably explains
why he has to get attention with stunts like this. – A Democratic
presidential candidate is taking his campaign to
new heights, literally. Check this out. Andrew Yang does crowd surfing. – [Crowd] Andrew
Yang, Andrew Yang! (crowd cheers) – The business man, turned 2020 candidate
speaking at a forum organized by Asian
American activist groups, when he was hoisted
into the air, he tweeted out
the video writing, “Haven’t crowd surfed
in a while #yanggang.” – Yeah!
(crowd laughs) Yin-yang, Andrew Yang
is crowd surfing, and I know it looks fun, but for a politician
that’s really risky. ‘Cause you’re making so
many people grab your ass. That’s a scandal
waiting to happen. Yeah, you basically have to
get permission individually, with every single
person that you go past. This is gonna be like the
slowest crowd surf ever. He’d be like, “Do you
consent to my ass? “Do you consent to my ass? “Okay, do you consent to my ass? “Do you consent to my ass? “Thank you, thank you.” But you realize now
that Yang has done it, I bet other candidates are also gonna try and
be cool, and crowd surf, which is gonna be awkward for
people like Bill de Blasio who only have one supporter. (crowd laughs) And I’ve got to hand
it to Andrew Yang. He’s not getting a
ton of media coverage, so he’s out there getting
that attention for himself, crowd surfing, playing basket
ball, doing the Cupid Shuffle. (crowd laughs)
Only problem is, Andrew you realize, you’re gonna have to keep
escalating your stunts. At this rate in six months, he’s gonna have to
go full Tom Cruise. – My flagship proposal
to Freedom Dividend (crowd laughs)
would put $1,000 a month into the hands of
every American adult. It would be a game changer for millions of
American families. (crowd laughs) – Of all the candidates
I’ve seen on the trail, you seem to be having
the most fun, are you? – Well it’s a very low
bar you’ve set Trevor. (crowd laughs) – What do you say to
American workers who go, “Hey, I don’t have a job,
and I want to change this.”? – That’s exactly right. Amazon right now is closing 30% of
America’s stores and malls, and paying zero in taxes. So what we do is we
set up a mechanism, where the American
people get our fair share of every Amazon sale,
every Google search, every robot truck mile, and put a dividend
into American’s hands
of $1,000 a month. The Freedom Dividend would
help all American’s feel like we’re benefiting from all of
the progress and innovation. – That’s an interesting and– (crowd cheers) – Yeah, you like that. – Yeah, a lot of
people like that. Because I mean it takes
guts to come out and say, “My plan is that “we will give every single
American $1,000 a month “just for being here.”
(crowd laughs) – Yeah, it’s like Monopoly
but instead of passing go, it’s the first of the month. – You just get, yeah,
but now here’s the thing. I don’t know if you’ve
played Monopoly. It always ends in tears. (crowd laughs) And that’s what people
are saying would happen if you gave people
universal basic income. You know yes, the smaller
countries have trialed it, but they have found, for instance in some
Scandinavian countries, that then people
don’t work enough, or they don’t want to work. They lose ambition. There is a negative
effect to that. How do you pay for it
and how do you ensure that it doesn’t mean people just don’t contribute
to society. – Well when I’ve looked
at all of the studies as to what happened
when people got money, only two groups worked less. New mothers who spend more
time with their children, and teenagers who spend
more time in school, and graduate at higher levels. I don’t think anyone here has a problem with
either of those things. (audience cheers) – And then how do
you pay for it? – And the way you pay for it, again if you have a trillion
dollar tech company like Amazon paying zero in taxes, then of course you’re gonna
look around and be like, where is the money going? Where is the money going?
– Right. – But if you give the
American people a slice, of every Amazon sale, every
AI driven interaction, – Yes.
– just a sliver, because the amount of value
that that technology’s going to generate can
literally be measured in the hundreds of
billions of dollars. We have to put ourselves
in a position to benefit, and then we can pay for a
dividend of $1,000 a month. – One of my favorite
quotes that you said was, you said you are the complete
opposite of Donald Trump. And the reason was, – Because he–
(crowd cheers) Thank you. – We’ll listen to
the reason why. – Because the opposite
of Donald Trump, is an Asian man who likes math. (crowd cheers) (upbeat melody)


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