Andrew Yang Asks Crowd to Applaud 2016 Trump Voters in Packed Des Moines Rally Ahead of Iowa Caucus

Democractic presidential candidate Andrew Yang requested the group at a rally in Iowa on Saturday to applaud voters who backed President Donald Trump within the 2016 election, as a part of a ultimate bid to win votes in Monday’s caucuses.

At his final rally within the pivotal state, Yang urged the group on the Des Moines Marriott Downtown to point out assist to those that voted for Trump simply over three years in the past. The businessman, who went on a 17-day bus tour to fulfill voters throughout the state, has positioned himself as a candidate who has attraction throughout the political spectrum.

The businessman informed his supporters, dubbed the Yang Gang, that final week he spoke to a voter in Iowa who confirmed him a Trump/Pence inaugural membership card. Yang claimed the person mentioned, “I will not be needing this anymore—you have my support.”

“In Iowa that happens to me at every single event,” the 45-year-old continued. “Every single day someone comes to me and says ‘I voted for Donald Trump.’

“Sometimes they are saying it like a secret, they lean in, they whisper it. But after they say it I, like, soar for pleasure. I clap them on the again.”

Yang then asked his audience, “I do not wish to put anybody on the spot right here, however when you’re prepared to share, how many individuals right here on this room voted for Donald Trump?” with one member of the crowd heard shouting back “I did.”

“Let’s give them a spherical of applause,” Yang said.

The presidential hopeful then went on to argue his campaign was drawing in disaffected Trump voters, independents, libertarians, Democrats, and progressives because “many individuals who voted for Donald Trump see that I’m laser-focused on fixing the identical issues that Trump factors out, however I’ve precise options that they are going to see and really feel.”

He added, “And loads of it’s simply that they know that I see the issues and care about them each single day, as a result of I do. These issues are going to destroy us if we don’t begin addressing them.”

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks to visitors throughout a marketing campaign cease at Drake University on January 13, 2020 in Des Moines, Iowa. The Iowa caucuses will happen on Monday, February 3.
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Yang has campaigned on a platform which focuses on the concept Americans are shedding jobs to automation. In response, he has proposed the introduction of a common fundamental earnings of $1,000 a month for all American adults which he calls the “Freedom Dividend.”

On Monday, Iowa Democrats will participate within the nation’s first contest to resolve their presidential candidate, which will likely be adopted by contests subsequent month in Ohio, Michigan, and Pennsylvania. Since 1972, Iowa has been the primary state to vote within the Democratic Party presidential primaries.

Despite his efforts, Yang has been lagging within the polls together with his longshot marketing campaign. Last week, a ballot confirmed Biden within the lead in key swing and early voting states together with Iowa. Data from the Morning Consult noticed the previous vice chairman on 26 p.c, adopted by Senator Bernie Sanders, hedge fund supervisor Tom Steyer, Senator Elizabeth Warren, former mayor Pete Buttigieg, and lastly Yang.

But the broadly anticipated Des Moines Register/CNN/Mediacom ballot of the Iowa caucus was scrapped on the final minute on Saturday evening after complaints from candidate Pete Buttigieg’s marketing campaign staff. The presidential marketing campaign workplace of the previous mayor of South Bend, Indiana discovered he was not named in not less than one cellphone name to a possible Iowa Democratic caucus-goer. The determination led to consternation on social media, with thehashtag #LaunchTheBallot to development on Twitter.

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