During the 2020 Democratic primary season, Andrew Yang caught fire. Despite being a political novice, a number of Yang’s ideas resonated with voters. In the end, though, Joe Biden easily secured the Democratic nomination.
Yang next tried to become the next Mayor of New York City. And he pulled out all the stops including going on Tucker Carlson’s show. During a weekend appearance on CNN, Jim Acosta ripped Yang for appearing with the controversial Fox host.
The CNN host queried, “I mean, Andrew, I just have to ask, I mean, Tucker Carlson, I mean, I mean, let’s just say he’s just a bad person, and he represents so much of what is wrong on, in television news these days. You know this all too well. He spouts off white nationalist talking points. And so why? Why would you even go on his show, and why didn’t you go after him when he’s citing the Unabomber and talking, I mean, just crazy stuff?”
Yang responded, “One of the things we have to do, Jim, is try and take the temperature of the country down, and the only way to do that is to reach out to people where they are.”
Watch a clip of the segment below, courtesy of CNN:
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