The hashtag #StillVotingYang was at the top of Twitter’s ‘Trending Topics’ column when I was looking for coronavirus news last night. Given the hour, I assumed it was Russian bots and/or native trolls… but while that may have been the original spark, the idea seems to be popular with ‘real’ potential voters, now.
To tell the truth, a lot of these YangGangers sound like me aged 21, voting for John Anderson as a protest against Jimmy Carter’s refusal to defend pro-choice policies. Nobody owns my vote! Show my why I should vote for your candidate! If we won’t defend our positions, when will we ever see things change?
In my defense, I didn’t have the atrocities of the Reagan/Bush/Trump regimes to warn me how poor a tactic that would turn out to be. In their defense, a lot of these folks are drawing a distinction between the primaries and the general election, which is perfectly reasonable — the primaries are when policy differences should be fought out.
— Newsweek (@Newsweek) February 15, 2020
… Many tweeted using the hashtag to say they still believe his policies are what the U.S. needs now, while others remained unconvinced by the platforms offered by the remaining Democrats.
Yang, whose campaign promised that every eligible American would receive $1,000 a month as part of a Universal Basic Income, officially withdrew from the race just as the New Hampshire primaries were announced.
Yang finished in eighth position in New Hampshire, receiving just 2.8 percent of the vote, having finished sixth in Iowa with 1 percent.
“His democracy dollars policy is the only policy that brings the power of money in politics back to the people,” tweeted Leony Marks.
“#AmericaneedsYang because all the other candidates would just continue and play along with the old system of oppression.”
“No vote that is cast thoughtfully is wasted, and your candidate is not entitled to my vote. @AndrewYang earned my vote, your candidate will have to do the same if you want me to change my mind.”
Eric Quach tweeted: “TO BE CLEAR: #StillVotingYang ISN’T about voting @AndrewYang in the GENERAL election. IT’S about voting @AndrewYang in the Democratic PRIMARY election.
“If you want our vote, then you need to earn it & those who are attacking #YangGang, you definitely don’t deserve it.”…
However, others also used the hashtag to describe their dismay that Yang supporters aren’t now backing one of the other candidates still in the race in order to achieve the overall goal of removing President Donald Trump from the White House.
“If you’re #StillVotingYang, you clearly don’t give af about removing the single biggest threat to democracy this country has ever seen. Do us all a favor and open your eyes before you find yourself complicit in Trump’s reelection,” writer Jack Wallen tweeted.
“This #stillvotingyang has really cemented that we are too stupid a people to deserve anything but Donald Trump as our president for the rest of his life or until the country literally explodes, whichever comes first,” added author Ivan Brandon…
I know a lot of people assumed, when Yang officially dropped out, that of course his supporters would switch to Sanders, because ‘they have so much in common’. Quite a few people, not all of them Bernistas, said that Sanders would / should offer Yang the VP slot immediately. That… doesn’t seem to have happened. Seems like Buttigieg should be attractive to YangGangers, as well.
But of course what I’m hoping — especially at the Nevada caucuses — is that the Warren voters can persuade the YangGang, one by one, that Elizabeth has a plan for them, too, if they’re willing to look at it. She’s really good at motivating people, and I hope my fellow supporters in the Silver State can follow her lead.
LMFAO PPL REALLY THOUGHT AFTER YANG LEFT WE WOULD JUST GO AWAY
Its a whole new wave
There's a reason our gang still trends top 5 and other's dont
No one shuts us up
This is what happens when you dont play nice or treat our candidate fairly#StillVotingYang
— Andy #YangEvery4Years 🧢 ♿💰🦅 (@DHotwheelz) February 15, 2020
— Scott Santens?? (@scottsantens) February 15, 2020
— Natalie ?? (@natalie_cheah) February 15, 2020
2016: Trump wins because a large enough percent of more democratic leaning voters voted 3rd party.
2020: #StillVotingYang is trending.
Really, I don't care who you vote for, your vote is your own; However, understanding the flaws in any game and working with those flaws is vital
— MrBalderus [NSFW] (@MrBalderus) February 15, 2020
Calling all democrats shaming us for #StillVotingYang, this is what you don’t understand:
MANY ??OF ??US ??ARE ??NOT ??DEMOCRATS!!!
For many of us, Yang is the ONLY reason why we would vote blue.
— Lara K?? (@laralarasaur) February 15, 2020
1. It isn’t “screwing over” Bernie, he is not entitled to the #YangGang’s votes.
2. Bernie’s campaign has a history of not being honest about Yang’s platform, which turned many people off.
3. He can easily earn our votes by adopting UBI, but he hasn’t. #StillVotingYang
— Jacob A.D. Cameron (@PCJADC) February 15, 2020
The Irony of people whining about folks #StillVotingYang is they say #votebluenomatterwho and yet refuse to vote for yang. If these people who are so desperate for a dem win want to win so bad. How about supporting the candidate that doesnt have wish washy supporters?
— Azil Hexhart (@HellSpawnHero) February 15, 2020
Sad trombone coda:
I am almost 50 years old and have been voting since I turned 18…
Voted 3rd party all but twice.
Shamed EVERY TIME!
MY VOTE IS MY VOICE!!!!
— Valerie Vosburg (@VosburgValerie) February 15, 2020