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Andrew Yang is an entrepreneur and Democratic candidate for the 2020 United States presidential election. Yang has gained a significant online following for his support of providing citizens with a universal basic income of $1,000 per month, referred to by his campaign as a "Freedom Dividend."


In 2000, Yang launched the philanthropic fund-raising site Stargiving, which was shut down the following year. In 2011, Yang founded the nonprofit fellowship program Venture for America, which provides training to work at startups. In March 2017, Yang resigned as CEO of the program.

2020 Presidential Campaign

On November 6th, 2017, Yang officially filed a "Statement of Candidacy"[1] to run as a Democrat for president of the United States in the 2020 election. A cornerstone of Yang's campaign is to provide all United States citizens over the age of 18 a universal income, proposing a "Freedom Dividend" of $1,000 per month. On February 2nd, 2018, the official Andrew Yang for President 2020 YouTube channel uploaded a video promoting Yang's campaign, along with his official slogan "Humanity First" (shown below).


On March 11th, 2019, Yang tweeted[5] that his campaign "raised $325,000+ since March 1st" (shown below). That day, Yang tweeted a GIF celebrating the campaign reaching the 65,000 donor milestone, qualifying him for the first round of the 2020 Democratic primary debates.

Online Presence

On May 10th, 2018, the /r/YangForPresidentHQ[3] subreddit was created for supporters of Yang's presidential campaign.

Reddit AMA

On March 26th, 2018, Yang participated in an "ask me anything" (AMA) post on the /r/IAmA[2] subreddit. Prior to being archived, the post gained over 14,600 points (63% upvoted) and 4,600 comments.

Joe Rogan Podcast

On February 12th, 2019, Yang appeared on the Joe Rogan Experience podcast, where he discussed his presidential campaign and his platform for universal basic income (shown below). Within one month, a video of the appearance received upwards of 2.05 million views on YouTube.

Yang Gang

Yang Gang is a nickname collectively referring to supporters of Yang in his 2020 presidential election bid. Online, Yang Gang memes referencing the candidate's proposed UBI policy are frequently posted within various meme communities online, including the /pol/ board on 4chan. On March 6th, 2019, The Daily Beast[4] published an article by staff writers Sam Stein and Will Sommer, which noted that Yang supporters on 4chan referred to the Freedom Dividend as "NEETbux," referring to the acronym "NEET".

Nate Silver Tweet

On March 12th, 2019, Nate Silver tweeted a Google Trends graph comparing Yang, Buttigieg, Biden and Sanders, noting that Yang and Buttigieg were being searched roughly as much as the "alleged 'frontrunners'" (shown below).

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