I Can’t Believe People Are Taking Andrew Yang Seriously

The NYC mayoral candidate is embarrassingly out of touch and clueless about the city he aspires to lead

Michael Arceneaux
LEVEL
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6 min readMay 26, 2021

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When Andrew Yang announced his bid to run for mayor of New York City in January, I rolled my eyes, yawned, and assumed residents wouldn’t consider someone not even fit for trash pickup to lead the municipality solely because they’ve seen him on TV. However, it didn’t take long for polls to remind me what planet I live on and all of its varying absurdities.

Though Yang was treated as an immediate front-runner by the media and his competition, it wasn’t until April that real numbers revealed that he’s not only a front-runner, but the leading candidate to win the Democratic mayoral primary in June that will decide who eventually is sworn in as mayor.

In a NY1/Ipsos poll released in April, Yang led with 22% of the vote and held a nine-point advantage over the second highest polling candidate, Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams. With such a crowded mayoral field, that would be more than enough for Yang to win. While Yang has since seen his numbers dip for varying reasons, he’s still very competitive in the race.

Yang admitted he hadn’t even been around New York City much when he decided he wanted to become…

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Michael Arceneaux
LEVEL

New York Times bestselling author of “I Can’t Date Jesus” and “I Don’t Want To Die Poor.”