Most Democrats would tell you they were shocked by the election of Donald Trump in 2016. There have been plenty of ideas and theories on why Trump was able to win. Figuring out the exact reason why is one of the major goals of whomever wins the 2020 Democratic nomination.
Candidate Andrew Yang wanted to discuss different issues while speaking with ABC’s This Week on Sunday Morning. According to the New York based entrepreneur, Democrats have to understand that they have problems outside of Donald Trump.
The businessman told host Jon Karl, “To me it’s clear the reason Donald Trump is our president today is that we automated away 4 million manufacturing Jobs that were primarily based in Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Missouri, and Iowa, the swing states he needed to win.”
“Democrats still have not asked themselves the hard questions as to how Donald Trump won in 2016. Where if you look around the country, you see 30 percent of stores and malls closing. You see record high levels of stress, financial insecurity, student loan debt, even suicides and drug overdoses… The Democratic Party unfortunately is acting like Donald Trump is the cause of all of our problems. He’s a symptom and we need to cure the underlying disease.”
The candidate’s messaging has certainly been resonating with some of the Democratic electorate. Yang has regularly made the debates and is viewed favorably by voters. A recent poll by The Morning Consult found Yang to have a net 34 favorability rating, fourth among Democrats.