if online nihilists get their way, talk in the Democratic primary will soon include proposals for a $1,000-per-month raise for every American.Related:
That’s the proposed Freedom Dividend, a rebranded Universal Basic Income at the heart of the long-shot presidential campaign of Andrew Yang, an affable young entrepreneur and new favorite among the Reddit politics crowd. In the meme-forging bowels of the internet, red MAGA hats are falling out of fashion and hot pink 80’s vaporwave Yang hats are in.
The Democrats themselves may have inadvertently invited attention to lesser-known long-shots such as Yang with their new debate rules. To get on the debate stage this year, side by side with the Bernies and Bidens, candidates must sign up 65,000 individual donors — a milestone Yang recently surpassed. This requirement, entirely achievable online
Unlike Trump’s MAGA hat, he has not yet embraced the hot pink Miami Vice style cap that has become a signifier of support online.
This is how John Delaney – who has loaned his campaign $4.5M but only raised $1.2M in contributions from others – is going to game the DNC’s debate requirement to reach 65,000 individual donors.— Kevin Robillard (@Robillard) March 14, 2019
Donate to him, then he’ll donate $2 to your choice of one of 11 different charities. pic.twitter.com/DNt1MumcDw
Howard Schultz apologizes for claiming he had spent more time with the military than any other 2020 candidate https://t.co/PSxm0JFNWI— Felicia Sonmez (@feliciasonmez) March 14, 2019