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Andrew Yang's New York City Mayoral Campaign

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Overview

Andrew Yang's New York City Mayoral Campaign refers to the run of businessman and former Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang for mayor of New York City in the 2021 election to replace Bill DeBlasio. A Schenectady, New York native, Yang officially launched his campaign in January of 2021 and drew scrutiny for several gaffes that caused New Yorkers to question his understanding of the average New Yorker's life.

Background

After Andrew Yang bowed out of the Democratic Presidential Primary in February of 2020, he attracted speculation for a 2021 New York City Mayoral run.[1] After strong polling suggested he could win the race,[2] Yang filed paperwork in December of 2020,[3] and on January 13th, 2021, he officially declared his candidacy on Twitter (shown below).[4]



Developments

The early days of Yang's campaign have been marked by several gaffes in the eyes of New Yorkers who questioned his credibility. On January 11th, Yang explained to the New York Times[5] that he would run for mayor while not living in the city full time. One of his quotes from the article read, "We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan… can you imagine trying to have two kids on virtual school in a two-bedroom apartment and then trying to do work yourself?" This struck New Yorkers on Twitter poorly,[6][7] as many have been attempting to do just that throughout the pandemic (examples shown below).


Young Daddy @Toure TOURÉ SHOW 000 Why yes, yes I can imagine that quite easily. Scott Bixby @scottbix · Jan 11 Andrew Yang explains running for mayor while not living in New York full time: "We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan... can you imagine trying to have two kids on virtual school in a two-bedroom apartment and then trying to do work yourself?" nytimes.com/2021/01/11/nyr... Show this thread 4:43 PM · Jan 11, 2021 · TweetDeck Son of Baldwin (Robert Jones, Jr.) 000 THE PROPHETS ROERT IDNES, IR. @SonofBaldwin Yes. Millions of New Yorkers can actually imagine it because it has been their precise reality since March 2020. Some even in one-bedroom apartments and studios. Some in shelters. And those without shelter have been cut off from access to what they need. Scott Bixby @scottbix · Jan 11 Andrew Yang explains running for mayor while not living in New York full time: "We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan... can you imagine trying to have two kids on virtual school in a two-bedroom apartment and then trying to do work yourself?" nytimes.com/2021/01/11/nyr... Show this thread 11:45 AM · Jan 11, 2021 · Twitter Web App

On January 15th, Yang tweeted a video himself in a convenience store, writing "New York City loves its bodegas! The 14,000 bodegas are vital to our city – let’s support them and keep them open."



This prompted criticism from New Yorkers who felt the store Yang was in was too nice to be classified as a "bodega," recalling the Bodega controversy on Twitter from the previous November. User @MrModina[8] joked, "Sir, that's a 7-Eleven" over the video (shown below, left). User @ElieNYC[9] joked about the ways people from various boroughs might interpret the video, gaining over 130 retweets and 900 likes (shown below, right).


alex medina 000 @mrmedina sir, that's a 7-Eleven Andrew Yang A 8E0 @AndrewYang · 6h New York City loves its bodegas! The 14,000 bodegas are vital to our city - let's support them and keep them open. Show this thread Yang 0:48 2.1M views 12:49 PM · Jan 15, 2021 · Twitter for iPhone Elie Mystal @ElieNYC 000 Yang: I love bodegas! Queens: Is... that a Food Bazaar? Manhattan: I think that's an Essen, the bananas are a give away. Suburbanites: NOT ALL BODEGAS ARE CRAPPY. Manhattan: IT'S NOT A BODEGA Queens: There ain't even a cat. Get his bum outta here. Andrew Yang AĞE0 @AndrewYang · 6h New York City loves its bodegas! The 14,000 bodegas are vital to our city - let's support them and keep them open. Show this thread

Yang's campaign website explicitly states that he wants to bring TikTok "hype houses" to New York City to "help create artist collectives that utilize new technologies." Taylor Lorenz tweeted about the campaign goal on January 13th, 2021 (shown below).[10]


Taylor Lorenz @TaylorLorenz 000 Andrew Yang says that as mayor he wants to bring TikTok Hype Houses to NYC yangforny.com/policies/cultu... Yang = Donate For New York Similarly, our administration would also work to attract content creator collectives, such as TikTok Hype Houses, where young artists collaborate. We need to help create similar artist collectives that utilize new technologies. 9:10 PM · Jan 13, 2021 · Twitter Web App

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