2020 contender Andrew Yang blasted the mainstream media at the beginning of the sixth round of Democratic debates, saying the media lost the trust of the American people.
The moderators asked each candidate for their opinion about the impeachment process and how each would convince voters that impeachment was the right option. Yang responded by saying the lack of trust in impeachment stems from the mainstream media’s inability to tell the truth. He cited the 2016 election results as an example.
It’s clear why Americans can’t agree on impeachment. We’re getting our news from different sources, and it’s making it hard for us to agree on even basic facts. Congressional approval rating, last I checked, was something like 17 percent, and Americans don’t trust the media networks to tell them the truth.
The media networks didn’t do us any favors by missing the reason why Donald Trump became our president in the first place. If you turn on cable network news today, you would think he’s our president because of some combination of Russia, racism, Facebook, Hillary Clinton, and emails all mixed together. But Americans around the country know different.
Yang said Americans voted for Trump because they were tired of mainstream candidates promising everything and delivering nothing. Specifically, Yang cited the rise of automation that caused farmers and manufacturers to vote against Democrats in favor of a candidate that spoke to those workers’ concerns.
“We blasted away 4 million manufacturing jobs that were primarily based in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri,” Yang said.
All five of those states voted for Trump in the 2016 election.
Yang hit the nail on the head. While other Democrats decried Trump as the most corrupt president in our nation’s history and lauded impeachment efforts, Yang spoke across the aisle. Yang acknowledges Trump is the duly elected president and throwing a temper tantrum about the results of the 2016 election is not the way to win in 2020.