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The thing that frustrates me most about the #YangMediaBlackout is that a RUMOR about @DevalPatrick or @MikeBloomberg or @HillaryClinton gets more news cycles than @AndrewYang and @TulsiGabbard actually participating in the race put together.

Just when I think
#YangGang can no longer be ignored, another excuse to ignore us pops up out of the woodwork!!!

When these people fail and drop out, they will ALSO be stealing media time from us.

11 weeks to Iowa, and the following news cycles have yet to happen:

(1) Julian Castro dropping out
(2) Cory Booker dropping out

(3) Kamala Harris dropping out - and THIS media cycle will probably last 2-3 days, too, with lots of shocked "what happened?!?" click-bait

(4) Deval Patrick's kickoff event

(5) Deval Patrick dropping out

(6) Amy Klobuchar running short on money
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🚨#YANGGANG🚨

Do yourself a favor: Quit "leading" with the Joe Rogan podcast if people are just Yang Curious. You should be leading with these, instead:

Firing Line: pbs.org/wnet/firing-li…
CNN:
The Hill:
There is nothing *wrong* with the Joe Rogan podcast, mind you. However, it should not really be the *first* thing you use to introduce Yang to people, at this point.

(1) A lot of people despise Joe Rogan. Some people have gone hyper-negative just MENTIONING his podcast.
(2) Yes, some people despise The Hill or CNN or PBS as left-leaning outlets or even "fake news." However, they are MORE LIKELY to be perceived as higher-profile than Andrew's initial podcast audiences (i.e. "taken seriously") even by their haters.
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#HologramTHREAD: DNC Bullshit

I've slept on this. I've thought about not saying it. I've thought about just keeping it to myself.

I can't.

The DNC made a special provision to keep Tom Steyer in the race and give him a shot at Debate #5.

Billionaire Tommy Boy, late to show up
to the Election of the Century, (1) bought his way into Debate #4 with dubious means, and now (2) had the DNC kowtow to him to keep him (and his money) around for a while longer.

As someone representing a true grassroots candidate, this is INFURIATING. Here's what it is:
Because Steyer has been pouring his $$billions$$ into Iowa and New Hampshire. Every so often, odd polls would show up with Steyer pulling 6% in an early state. There's no way that Steyer can get 3% nationally: He has zero grassroots. He runs $$millions$$ in online ads to get
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#HologramTHREAD: Deprogramming Americans

#YangGang @AndrewYang #Yang2020 #ISupportYang

In 6+ months of conversation on Twitter (aka "arguments"), I've had many head-desk moments when the exact same topic comes up moments later.

After 7,000+ tweets, it occurs to me ...
We are taking this from the standpoint of "educating" people, but that's not right.

We are "deprogramming" them.

Americans have been PROGRAMMED to believe a bunch of complex distortions of reality by hearing these things all their lives.

A common one:
I'm sure Dave, Dave's parents, and Dave's ancestors all believe some version of that trope. After all, it is in the Bible! This is one of the cornerstones of the "Christian Work Ethic" that drove western society to great heights through the Industrial Revolution.

It isn't true.
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#HologramTHREAD: Sham #DemDebate

These debates are not about informing voters. They are about creating drama for the networks. Professional chattering personalities create "stumper" moments for other chattering personalities to chatter about.

#YangGang #ISupportYang

Examples:
"Let's ask Andrew Yang two questions on foreign policy."

This is fair: He's running for President, after all, and would be Commander-in-Chief and set policy for the State Department.

"Let's ask Joe Biden about deportation under Obama."
"Let's ask Joe Biden about Iraq."
"Let's ask Sanders about Venezuela and socialism."

See the pattern, yet?

Ask yourself this: Did you learn anything about the stances of these candidates on health care, tonight? Medicare for All?

I didn't. Pretty much the same stuff we heard the last two debates, right?
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Welfare woes: A #HologramThread

Some of the #YangGang know I have been dealing with a daughter who had a severe mental breakdown earlier this year. She has been diagnosed with a pretty terrible disorder, and she needs to be on disability. We've been trying for that since April.
There's a massive Catch 22 in how things work. You see, she quit her job, so she's not eligible for unemployment. In fact, her employer changed her status to "disciplinary termination," so they wouldn't even hire her back. She had just gotten her Medical Assitant (MA) cert, but
the hospital now considers her a risk in that position. This is honestly a fair assessment, but changing her status to terminated screwed her out of a variety of possible benefits.

The first problem we ran into was simply CARE. A mental disorder requires a certain type of
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