Democratic Presidential Candidate Andrew Yang’s Campaign for Universal Basic Income | The Daily Show


There are now 15 Democrats running in the primary.
That’s so many people. Look at all those faces. Look at all of those faces! They’ve got enough people to start the world’s
worst soccer team. And because there are so many
Democrats running, many Democratic voters
are wondering, “How do I know
which one to choose?” Well, for Ronny Chieng,
the choice is clear. Here’s his report. The 2020 presidential campaign.
Like my afternoon poop, it’s not quite here yet,
but I can already feel it. Out of all the candidates, there’s only one
I can see myself in. I’m Andrew Yang, and I’m running for president
as a Democrat in 2020. CHIENG:
He’s a successful businessman, and I don’t know
if it’s the cut of his suits or the way he lights up a room, but there’s just something
about this guy that makes me want to vote
for him based on zero research. Okay, so, you’re Asian. You’re running for president. What else is there to know? Uh, my platform. Right. Uh, I thought
your platform was… being Asian. There are many,
many other Americans who care more
about my stance on the issues than, frankly, uh, you know,
what my race is. -Which is?
-Asian. Yes. And that’s all
we need to know here. Okay, let’s wrap this up. ♪ ♪ You know, uh, I think
we should discuss my platform. If you want to talk
about what you believe or whatever, go for it. I’m gonna edit all this out,
by the way. I believe that every
American adult at the age of 18 should get $1,000 a month
free and clear from the government
to do whatever they want. For working hard, right? Oh, for being a citizen
of this great country. CHIENG:
As his ads show, Yang is all about
universal basic income, the idea that the government should give everyone
a monthly check, even if they’re not working. You can’t just give people
free money. That’s the only reason
people work. If I was getting paid
without having to work… You can’t quit your job
on $12,000 a year. It would it make
so that Americans can transition as technology is eating away
many, many jobs. Artificial intelligence
is around the corner. Oh, my God.
Artificial intelligence? Robots? That’s your thing? -Yes.
-Dude, you are making it so hard to blindly vote
on identity politics right now. Projections are
that about 44% of American jobs are subject to automation. Self-driving cars and trucks
are going to displace -five million Americans
who drive for a living. -Shit. It’s going to displace hundreds
of thousands of bookkeepers, lawyers and on and on. CHIENG: According to Yang,
everyone but me should get ready
to be replaced. However, budget policy expert
Bob Greenstein doesn’t think that will happen. Robots are coming for some jobs, but they’re not going to replace
all the jobs or even most of the jobs. But are you
only defending robots because you’re a robot? No, I’m not a robot. Prove it. Which of these squares
has a stop sign? -Three of them.
-Yeah, point to the scares. This one, that one,
and this is the third. Very good. But I’m not sure
I just proved I’m not a robot. -What do you mean? -Well,
maybe you could develop a robot that could identify
the stop sign squares, too. What? So, Bob might not be human,
but he’s got to recognize that Yang’s universal
basic income is a winning idea. UBI is a beautiful idea. Thank you.
That’s all I needed to know. Well, it actually isn’t
all you need to know. The problem is
it’s a beautiful idea that’ll never really happen. Ronny, it costs
nearly $4 trillion a year. Why wouldn’t people vote
for that? Have you ever had someone wave
cash money in your face? -Not really.
-It feels like this. Can you feel that? I can feel the wind. That’s some cash wind. Where does the money
for the cash wind come from? But, Bob, it’s no fun
asking where this came from. Policies only really work
if they can happen. In the real world… CHIENG:
I don’t need to listen to Bob. All he cares about is reality. If this presidency
has taught us anything, it’s that reality
doesn’t matter anymore. Now we’re going to have
the space force because it’s a whole… CHIENG: So, if Andrew Yang
is gonna stand a chance in this election,
he’s gonna have to learn what really excites
today’s voters. If we had a value-added tax at
even half the European level, -we’d generate…
-You’re using all these numbers and all this nerd shit. Listen, there’s only one thing that wins elections
in America, okay? That’s fear and hate. That’s two things. Okay, again with the numbers. People are jobless, angry, and ready to blame
their problems on another race, and robots are the one race
it’s okay to hate. Yeah, well,
robots aren’t a race, for one. Good, deny their humanity.
That’s a great first step. The next time you campaign,
I want you to go out and say, “Robots are causing all the
robot crime in robot Chicago.” -There is no Robot Chicago.
-Doesn’t matter. We’re not talking about truth.
We’re talking about hate and fear and getting in power for Asian people and getting revenge
on every single person -who ever said we weren’t
good enough. -Yeah, I’m for… I’m for none of those things. Okay, good thing
I’m here to help you out. So, this is an ad we prepared
for your campaign. Andrew Yang knows America
is being invaded by robots. They’re sneaking
across the border, taking the jobs we love and imposing their same-sex
robot sharia law. Andrew Yang
will stop the robots -from banging your wife
-(whirring) and becoming
your son’s new dad. Yang 2020. You will not replace us. What do you think? It’s kind of the opposite of where we need to go. So you do not approve
this message? No, I do not approve
this message. You do not what?
Sorry, I missed that. Approve this message. And what-what
is your name again? I’m Andrew Yang. Yang 2020. (bleep) the robots. (bleep) them to hell. I’m Andrew Yang and I–
approve this message. (laughs) Ronny Chieng, everyone.

Maurice Vega

100 Responses

  1. People don't understand that this interview is getting Andrew's name out in a comedical way, while also highlighting about how people dump aside statistics and other information and choose to go with "hate and fear". So it leaves the viewer the option to go check out Andrew themselves.

    I feel that this is quite an effective method since it would catch the attention of those who won't bother with classic interviews, as it passes on the important message to them on how we should do proper research instead of just going along with the mindless "hate and fear" junk.

  2. I understand how people are upset about this “interview” and that it was disrespectful, however Yang knew exactly what he was getting in to. Maybe he chose to do this so people will see his “humor” and that he’s “human” like the rest of us. And this did make people look him up and he gained more attention towards himself which is good. Just saying…

  3. I’m Yang Gang, but ppl in the comments need to realize this is a comedy sketch…on a comedy show…with comedians. I loved it and thought it was hilarious!

  4. You're a joke Trevor and so is Ronny Chieng, this show literary is just trash trying to be funny in any way possible.

  5. A lot of people hating on ronny. But you have to understand why he acted the way he did. Ronny is acting as the voice of many americans who wished they asked these questions to yang. Technically speaking, he is the voice of those who dont research and think they know everything without delving into their own findings. I believe that this is completely intentional. Ronnys purpose is not to give a strong interview. His purpose is to represent the masses, a reflection of the wide the majority.

  6. So disrespectful. If you actually gave him the time to speak and learn his platform people will see where he is coming from and learn a thing or two. It's shame

  7. U.B.I=taxing the riches higher but U.S. is in a Debt of 2 trillion dollar like how the hell can we make that up?

  8. Can nobody see this is a satire, lmfao I can't believe everyone missed the punchlines. Like why the hell would comedy Central be a platform for a politician do a serious interview. it's very clear yang did this to gain more publicity while informing people on the basics of his policy

  9. Alright, I’m a big fan of Yang, maybe because I’ve watched maybe around 50 of Yangs speeches and interviews, some of them are longer than an hour, before this one, I found it very interesting and funny. LOL

  10. I work in a hospital. A laboratory. In two years they say there going to have a new instrument that does our jobs. We will be replaced.

  11. As a republican I felt this was extremely disrespectful to Yang. Fox News and Ben Shapiro both did better jobs than you guys. Although Congress will never sign the UBI bill lol. Shame on you guys.

  12. Best bet for democrats to win is Joe Biden plus Obama and Hillary coming out to help Biden. This has to be Biden and Obama n Clintons team up to topple Trump!!! Andrew Yang can't topple Trump, he's only got young ppl on his side. Biden, Obama Clintons can use Yang's ideas for defeating Trump 🙂

  13. Really, here’ss a quote from his site on the MATH behind UBI. All Americans agree on the numbers.

    “The means to pay for the Freedom Dividend will come from 4 sources:

    1. Current spending. We currently spend between $500 and $600 billion a year on welfare programs …Additionally, we currently spend over one trillion dollars on health care, incarceration, homelessness services and the like. We would save $100 – 200+ billion because The Freedom Dividend would pay for itself by helping people avoid our institutions, which is when our costs shoot up.

    2. A VAT. Our economy is now incredibly vast at $19 trillion, up $4 trillion in the last 10 years alone. A VAT at half the European level would generate $800 billion in new revenue.

    A VAT will become more and more important as technology improves because you cannot collect income tax from robots or software.

    3. New revenue. Putting money into the hands of American consumers would grow the economy. The Roosevelt Institute projected that the economy would grow by approximately $2.5 trillion and create 4.6 million new jobs. This would generate approximately $800 – 900 billion in new revenue from economic growth and activity.

    4. Taxes on top earners and pollution. By removing the Social Security cap, implementing a financial transactions tax, and ending the favorable tax treatment for capital gains/carried interest, we can decrease financial speculation while also funding the Freedom Dividend.”

    Fuck you Daily show.

  14. Really, here’ss a quote from his site on the MATH behind UBI. All Americans agree on the numbers.

    “The means to pay for the Freedom Dividend will come from 4 sources:

    1. Current spending. We currently spend between $500 and $600 billion a year on welfare programs …Additionally, we currently spend over one trillion dollars on health care, incarceration, homelessness services and the like. We would save $100 – 200+ billion because The Freedom Dividend would pay for itself by helping people avoid our institutions, which is when our costs shoot up.

    2. A VAT. Our economy is now incredibly vast at $19 trillion, up $4 trillion in the last 10 years alone. A VAT at half the European level would generate $800 billion in new revenue.

    A VAT will become more and more important as technology improves because you cannot collect income tax from robots or software.

    3. New revenue. Putting money into the hands of American consumers would grow the economy. The Roosevelt Institute projected that the economy would grow by approximately $2.5 trillion and create 4.6 million new jobs. This would generate approximately $800 – 900 billion in new revenue from economic growth and activity.

    4. Taxes on top earners and pollution. By removing the Social Security cap, implementing a financial transactions tax, and ending the favorable tax treatment for capital gains/carried interest, we can decrease financial speculation while also funding the Freedom Dividend.”

    Fuck you Daily show.

  15. Good lord The Daily Show is a joke. He's THE ONLY sane candidate on the left and the left treats him like he's crazy. Keep yelling in an echo chamber about identity politics, that's going to lead to another term of Trump. Andy is actually trying to reach out to the other side and unite this country. YANG GANG 2020

  16. PSA: The Daily Show is a comedy show, not a news network. News networks report true things. Comedy shows make fun of everything. Do you understand?
    Another episode came out about Yang. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LAZEcd6wdWs

  17. YangGang is dumb gang y’all just beg for money and dont see the obvious that Andrew can’t pay for it ANDREW YANG EVEN ADMITTED THIS IN THE H3h3 podcast and this man can’t fight inflation fuck socialism fuck the lies TRUMP2020 BTW IF YOU WANAN SEE A Real GANG come to HOUSTON…..pussies

  18. Cmon Trevor Noah, really rude and can easily sway someone who isn’t willing to look further into his proposal

  19. I'm disappointed in the daily show for this and kind of lost respect for Trevor after this. Really disrespectful to someone who genuinely seems to care for this once great nation.

  20. Whoa, legendary butthurt from YANGGANG.

    He's the only candidate whose supporters can't accept one lick of criticism of the ideology he espouses. Even the most batshit-neoliberal HRC supporter had thicker skin than the lot of you.

    Cripes. The guy is talking about serious, important issues that we should all be talking about, but he's not some oracle. Reality check. Public policy is not some techbro playtoy.

    /also – he's part and parcel of the capitalism uber alles establishment class, so it's a joke to believe he's being attacked by the establishment

  21. this fake propagandish interview shows how ignorant this comedy show producer/ editors/ staff are and not being an actual objective media outlet to allow candidates to express their genuine ideas to americans. no respect for what Andrew Yang wants for the american people and not respect for the viewers of this channel by treating them like sheep

  22. Do you really think people are going to get off welfare with extra 1000. Panhandling and a1000 a month. So my taxes will go up to give out a 1000 a month

  23. No wait guys, why am I finding this so funny and likable? I mean, I'm asian. This is just hilariously sarcastic…

  24. First black president, first orange president, let's go for the first yellow president! Let's get the whole banana split!

  25. It's good that you stand by yang, but you people getting offended over this are stupid, it's a comedy show, dont like it, turn it off. I to donated to yang. Damn snowflakes

  26. They usually do this to anyone that comes onto the show, pretty sure they did it to Bernie as well. It's comedy, you don't go on this show to go into depth about your proposed policies. It helps bring Yang exposure, people interested will look him up to find out more about him. He most definitely knew about this show and the style of comedy, most of us are smart enough to realize it's just a joke, but that it still gives Yang exposure which is generally good.

  27. I love this shit! Conservative going Moderate because of the Yang Gang!!!! LOL Andrew Yang 2020! FINALLY SOMEONE I CAN RELATE TOO!

  28. LOL calm down man, ronny is obviously trying to act as a typical ignorant character that doesn't vote based on facts and policies but emotions.

  29. Automation, AI, and robots are replacing many jobs that were once considered bulletproof. We can joke, but it's coming. Many jobs have already been displaced. This is just the beginning.

  30. This was not disrespectful. The Daily Shows interview style is all like this.

    I didn't like Trevor Noah at first but he's a lot funnier than when he first started.

    Comedy shows bring you news and comedy. The research, you have to do on your own sometimes. Sometimes short segments aren't long enough to do in-depth analyses.

  31. Hi all Americans, please vote for Andrew Yang, love and support from Singapore. Andrew, U must win, I support u, come visit us In Singapore.

  32. The way this is edited you can definitely tell this is a skit while pointing out Yang’s points are relevant to today’s problems with this country just for anyone who feels like it’s making fun of him. I actually hope Yang makes it maybe I’ll actually vote

  33. I looked at the comments first, and then didn't bother to watch the video. Instead I went and listened to real interviews of Andrew Yang. He is the most intelligent, articulate candidate I've ever seen. I love Bernie, I love Warren. I've just joined the YangGang. UBI can work. It will need investment but in time it will absolutely reward our economy and more than pay for itself.

    I came back to see the video here. This is comedy. Take it for what it is. Then go learn about Andrew Yang, UBI and all of his many other great ideas.

  34. Guys the daily show has always done interviews like these, I’m part of the yanggang but y’all need to chill

  35. FACT CHECK: It is a fact that by the year 2030 nearly 75 million jobs will be lost to automation. Disagree with Yang all you want but he's right.

  36. Join the Yang gang and make American think harder. Freedom dividend totally possible. Our own congress just gave a Trillion in tax cut for the rich. This is not advanced math just addition guys….

  37. Unfortunately … Romney is getting typecast and becoming incredibly not funny … he can do better especially if he is the only Asian in the show

  38. "You are making it so hard to vote based on identity politics right now!" Hilarious. Take it easy folks. This is just a parody skit voicing out loud much of the skepticism that people have about the campaign. This is a pre-taped skit. They probably covered all the main points that Yang wanted to go over. Yang seems to have a great personality from all the interviews I've seen and I doubt he minds poking fun at himself every once in a while. Plus, we all know Ronny's got a douce bag personality on the show anyway. I thought this was great.

  39. Wish Ronny had brought up the successful UBI in Alaska since 1985. Some people just don't read the same data.

  40. Hi Yang Gang Family – I got lucky & found an AWESOME Andrew Yang Song! Let's get it out there. Very,very addicting! (Pardon that the Composer is bare-chested. A great voice though.) Look for the Humanity First Banner.
    YouTube Title: New Andrew Yang Song
    YouTube Channel: Leo Francovich

  41. One of the biggest reasons I had dismissed Yang until now (for 4 FRI**IN MONTHS) was this video. Chieng, just stab yourself in the back because that's exactly what you did to yourself. You sold out your new found country, your livelihood and I will never EVER watch Trevor Noah again because you had endorsed Ronny Chieng! Wow, I might as well go see FOX news for some real news. BTW, I'm an Asian, successful Entrepreneur, teach MATH, Masters in Economics, Tech savvy, and nothing like you. You are like my neighbor from hell. Just saying.

  42. The jokes are funny but what's not is that you don't take UBI seriously. You talk to one professor that's against it. Since this is Yang main point you are indirectly saying don't vote for this person his idea's are not viable. If you would listen how UBI is accomplished or ask more then one expert in the field their opinion then you would most likely reach a different conclusion.

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