Andrew Yang touts new third political party, says rigid ‘factionalism’ of two-party system not working

Former presidential hopeful and entrepreneur Andrew Yang plans to start a new political party. Yang also ran unsuccessfully for mayor of New York City in a bid to unseat incumbent Bill de Blasio. He sat down with Fox News’ Tucker Carlson for the host’s new daytime addition, “Tucker Carlson Today,” to discuss his recent exit from the Democratic Party and his hopes for bringing the country together.

Tucker began, “Your first moment in politics was as a presidential candidate, then you ran again for mayor of our biggest city, so you are probably not going to recede into anonymity again … what are you running for next?”

Yang responded, “I am trying to bring our country back together. And we can see that polarization is getting worse and worse because of the media and social media and political incentives you and I talked about and I talk about in my book, ‘Forward.'”

“I am starting a new popular, inclusive movement that’s going to welcome independents, Democrats and Republicans alike to advance real electoral reform and solutions that are going to give rise, hopefully, to a middle ground in American politics and a greater diversity of points of view.”

(Video: Fox News)

“The ‘Forward Party.’ Not left or right, but forward,” he added.

He went on to describe that although he considers it a third party, it is not official yet because it had to begin as a Political Action Committee (PAC).

Tucker remarked on the nature of political systems. “Well, sure. Ted Kaczynski, I have to say, has written very convincingly on this. Unabomber. Bad person, but a smart analysis, I think, of the way systems work.”

“His argument is that large organizations, over time, morph into purely self-preservation projects. A big system in the end protects itself and that’s kind of all it does. So our two-party system is certainly in that category. There are so many barriers to starting a viable third party. It hasn’t been done. Why can you do it?” Tucker asked.

Yang answered, “If you look at the Constitution, there’s nothing about political parties, two or otherwise. If you look at the writings of the founding fathers, they feared factionalism that didn’t fluctuate, which is exactly what we have with this duopoly.”

He went on to say that polls have shown that 57 percent of Americans want a third party, and that 60 percent of Americans think both current political parties are out of touch.

“If you were an entrepreneur as I am – if you arrived on a market and said ‘hey, there’s this dysfunctional duopoly and over half of [the] people want a new alternative’, you’d say ‘oh, let me create a new alternative.'”

He continued by saying he believes the problem is within the structure of the current political system itself, that it acts with a lot of resistance and is nearly immovable. But he is hopeful, even in the face of the inherent risk associated with going up against the two-party system.

Tucker expressed concern over the possible dilemmas the Forward Party and Yang himself will find themselves in when having to take stands on issues like transgender ideology (among innumerable others) that are going to alienate one group of voters if not another.

Yang maintained that the Forward Party would stand for principles that everyone can agree on, saying “Even if you aren’t a huge Yang fan, you should be for the Forward Party just because we’re going to actually change the process so that new parties can emerge.”

“We do not have unlimited time. This country is not doing well. We have to try and make this country stronger and more whole for our next generation or we will have failed them.”

Yang explained, “I just see myself as a parent trying to do the right thing for my family, your family, every family in this country.”


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