Tech entrepreneur, author and Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang says the House Democrats' impeachment investigation is "the right way to go."
But he also warns that those who support impeachment must be realistic about the chances of a GOP-controlled Senate vote removing President Trump from office.
"I think impeachment is the right path, but I don't think we should have any illusions that it will necessarily be successful," Jan told NPR's Noel King on Saturday as part of "19459004] Off Script
"When we talk about Donald Trump, we lose out on Donald Trump, even if it is in the context of talking about his impeachment," Jan said.
Instead, he said Jan, Democrats Need to Formulate New Vision for US.
"This is how we move the country forward. That is how we will win in 2020, "Yang said.
On the issue of victory, King insists on Jan whether he can actually secure the Democratic nomination.
"Are you running for president to win?" King asked. "Or are you running for president to bring ideas to the conversation?"
In response, Jan has a confident tone.
"I can 100% win," he said. "I am running to solve the biggest problems of our time."
Ian never applied for public office and was a relative unknown before launching his bid for the Oval Office. He was able to break through a crowded democratic field with a sobering message that new technologies were already responsible for killing millions of American jobs.
His signature proposal for a universal basic income, which his campaign calls a "dividend for freedom," will give every adult American $ 1,000 a month, without strings attached. Yang says he would pay for this by consolidating certain social assistance programs and applying a 10% tax on the goods and services the business produces.
Universal basic income is needed, Yang argues, to mitigate the "unprecedented crisis" of large-scale job losses due to automation.
King cited the fact that Ian was collecting single digits in the presidential preference surveys.
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According to RealClearPolitics, Yang points to roughly 2%, which puts him slightly ahead of other presidential hopes, such as New Jersey Senator Corey Booker and former Housing and Urban Development Minister Julian Castro and even former Texas Beta O 'Rourke congressman.
But he lags far behind top-level candidates like former Vice President Joe Biden, Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts.
King passed on the opportunity for Jan to serve in various ways – a trade secretary, perhaps. He was uncompromising, but left the door open.
"I'm open to participating in any
The interview took place in the Flatiron area of New York, about 2 miles from Trump Tower, at a bright-sum restaurant called Yan Baodega.
As an American-born son of Taiwanese immigrants, Yang's Asian heritage is central to his campaign, something he reflects on during the interview.
"It gives me a lot of joy and pride to think of an Asian kid who incorporates the debate about the Democrats and sees me on that stage," Ian said. "Hopefully this gives them the feeling that we are just as American as everyone else."
In the course of the campaign, Yang received criticism for reproducing Asian stereotypes, which caused mixed reactions from Asian Americans, as recently as a detailed report for Vox. In a debate, he said, "The opposite of Donald Trump is an Asian man who likes mathematics."
Jan took a clear approach to the campaign, including occasionally wearing a blue and white hat labeled "MATH" – short for "Make America Think Harder." It's a game of cheek language on Trump's slogan "Make America Great Again" and was a hit with his followers.
His most loyal supporters even have their own carrier, the Yang Band.