Andrew Yang delivers best line in debate: ‘I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors’

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Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang’s got jokes. Allegedly racist jokes, mind you.

As former Vice President Joe Biden and former Obama admin Secretary of Housing and Urban Development Julian Castro squabbled over healthcare at the Democrat presidential debate Thursday, Yang chose to butt in real quick to drop his own perspective on the topic.

And well, it was unusual, to the say the least.

“As someone who has run a business, I know that our current health care system makes it harder to hire people, makes it harder to give them benefits and treat them as full-time employees,” his perspective on the issue began.

So far, so good.

“You instead pretend they’re contractors. It’s harder to change jobs. It’s certainly harder to start a business. The pitch we have to make to the American people is, we will get the health care weight off of your backs and then unleash the hopes and dreams of the American people.”

And then came the awkward moment that he dropped an allegedly racist joke.


Source: ABC News

Now, I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors … and they tell me that they spend a lot of time on paperwork, avoiding being sued, and navigating the insurance bureaucracy,” he said. “We have to change the incentives so instead of revenue and activity, people are focused on our health in the health care system.”

Oh …

The public responded with their own jokes:

It seems former Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal liked Yang’s joke as well:

That’s called having a sense of humor, and it seems to be a common attribute among conservatives. Among liberals, on the other hand, it appears to be severely lacking.

Despite Yang himself being a liberal Democrat, it was his fellow Democrats who erupted into outrage over his joke, going so far as to accuse him of being a “closet right-winger.”


FYI, someone who supports a Universal Basic Income isn’t a “ring wing” anything!

Look at the astonishing backlash below:

To be fair, there were also some liberals who shrugged off the joke.

“Andrew Yang saying he’s Asian and knows a lot of doctors is a bit jarring,” noted left-winger Dr. Eugune Gu tweeted before going on to essentially say that he forgives Yang.

“As an Asian American doctor, I’ve seen my share of model minority stereotypes. But seeing an Asian guy on the presidential debate stage is the biggest source of pride I’ve felt in a long time.”

Gu is the former resident physician who became famous after he sued the president two years ago for having blocked him on Twitter. He and other litigants won the case the following year.


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