Tech entrepreneur Andrew YangAndrew YangGeorge Floyd protests show corporations must support racial and economic equality Andrew Yang discusses his universal basic income pilot program Andrew Yang on the George Floyd protests in Minneapolis MORE blasted his party for being “obsessed” with President TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE and impeachment at Thursday’s debate, saying Democrats appeared out of touch for ignoring the broader economic forces that led to Trump’s election.

“Congress’s approval is at 17 percent and Americans don’t trust the media networks to tell them the truth,” Yang said. “The media didn’t do us any favors by missing why Trump became president in the first place … you’d think he’s president due to some combination of Russia, racism, Facebook, Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonWhite House accuses Biden of pushing ‘conspiracy theories’ with Trump election claim Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness Trayvon Martin’s mother Sybrina Fulton qualifies to run for county commissioner in Florida MORE and emails all mixed together.”

“But Americans know different,” he continued. “We blasted away 4 million manufacturing jobs primarily based in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin and Missouri. I just left Iowa where we blasted 40,000 manufacturing jobs. The more we act like Trump is the cause of all our problems, the more Americans lose trust that we can address their concerns.”

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The Democratic candidates were asked at the start of the debate why public opinion was so divided on impeachment even after the House had made the case that Trump illicitly threatened to withhold funds from Ukraine if the country did not open an investigation into former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE.

Yang warned that Democratic focus on impeachment would be a political loser in 2020, and said the party must instead focus on how to improve the lives of working class people who lost jobs to automation.

Yang said “we have to stop being obsessed with impeachment” and instead “start digging in and solving the problems that got Trump elected in the first place.”

 

“The American people are treating impeachment like a ballgame where they already know the score,” he added.

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