- Democratic leaders and progressive influencers say Andrew Yang is a “GOP-funded Trojan Horse” who “has made his bed with the fascists” for creating a new third party that seeks to establish a common ground between the right and the left.
- “Forward’s platform is simple: What policies can foster free people, thriving communities, and vibrant democracy,” a Forward Party spokeswoman told the Daily Caller News Foundation.
Yang was created by former Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman, and ex-Republican Congressman David Jolly. The new Forward party combines three distinct movements that claim to unify Americans across all political spectrums.
Multiple Democratic leaders openly expressed outrage over Andrew Yang starting a non-partisan political party, fearing that it will only boost Republicans in future elections.
Democratic leaders and progressive influencers are calling Andrew Yang a “GOP-funded Trojan horse,” among other insults, and accusing him of threatening democracy by announcing a new third party that claims to seek common ground between the right and the left. Some critics suggested it will only undermine the Democratic party, including one leader at the Democratic National Committee (DNC) who criticized the GOP, calling it a “terrorist organization” on Twitter.
Yang co-published an op-ed with former Republican New Jersey Governor Christine Todd Whitman and former Republican Congressman David Jolly on Wednesday, announcing their creation of the “new Forward party.” This merges three separate movements run by the three founders, all claiming to unite Americans from all ends of the political spectrum. The platform of
Forward is very simple. It focuses on policies that can promote free people and thriving communities as well as vibrant democracy,” said a Forward Party spokesperson to the Daily Caller News Foundation. Nevertheless, not all Democrats agree with the message. (RELATED: Andrew Yang Says Democrats Only Have Themselves To Blame For Supreme Court Overturning Roe V. Wade)
The op-ed stated that the party invites Americans “of all stripes — Democrats, Republicans and independents” — to be “a part of the process, without abandoning their existing political affiliations, by joining us to discuss building an optimistic and inclusive home for the politically homeless majority.” Two-thirds of American voters believe neither Republican nor Democratic congressional candidates “have the right priorities,” according to a CNN survey
“I’m a ride-or-die Democrat. Because you’re either with the Democrats, or you’re with the Fascists,” tweeted progressive activist Dash Dobrofsky, over a video rant about the new party. He continued, “Yang has taken a bed with the Fascists.”
I’m sick of Andrew Yang. The Forward Party is sick. Tulsi Gabbard and Jill Stein, Third Party grifters who are closet Republicans to me, have made me sick. I’m a ride-or-die Democrat. You can either be with the Democrats or the Fascists. Yang is now a Fascist. pic.twitter.com/n3WiUKVgt2
— Dash Dobrofsky (@DashDobrofsky) July 31, 2022
“We only have 1 political party: Dems,” added DNC Women’s Co-chair Lindy Li, who also serves as both the chairs of the Mid-Atlantic Region and Ethnic Council. “GOP is terrorist organization. She said, “Either help them defeat them or get outta the F.”
Democratic Strategist James Carville called the new party a “really stupid idea,” in an interview with CNN’s Jim Acosta.
“The only thing that this could do, he stated, is to bleed some moderate Republicans of the Democratic nominee.”
“Andrew Yang is a GOP funded horse,” tweeted progressive body language expert Jack Brown. He previously joined Anderson Cooper in a CNN segment in 2016, casting suspicion over former President Trump’s sniffling during the presidential debates.
Democratic Super PAC leader Rachel Bitecofer called Yang’s initiative a “democracy-risking vanity project.”
“Many of us are devoting our lives to beating back an insurgent American fascist movement & Yang insists on launching a vanity project that equates pronouns with actual nazis & helps them seize power,” she tweeted.
Bitecofer had previously appeared to pitch herself to Yang for a job on his New York mayoral campaign in 2021.
The Guardian published an op-ed also criticizing Yang’s new party.
The Democratic party is the one that has a commitment to liberal and democratic norms. “The problem with America is that Republicans don’t care,” said Andrew Gawthorpe (a Leiden University lecturer). Neither The Republican National Committee nor The Democratic National Committee responded immediately to the DCNF’s requests for comment.
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