Andrew Yang just wants some respect

Yang does his usual opening: happy to see everyone, glad to be running for president and invited to the party, basking in the glory. Once he gets settled, he gives his spiel on universal basic income and automation, then lets three supporters take the floor. Yang sits back, nodding as a man named Alex relays how he and his wife filed for bankruptcy and moved in with his parents because of unexpected health care bills. 

Yang occasionally interjects for clarification, but mostly gives a politician’s “I’m listening” nods. After the man finishes, Yang stands up and says, “Can I give you a hug, brother?” 

It doesn’t seem rehearsed or hokey. Yang is plainly moved by the story and not afraid to seem vulnerable in front of cameras and fans. This is where he thrives.

Andrew Yang just wants some respect
ATLANTA, GEORGIA – NOVEMBER 20: Andrew Yang speaks to the media after the Democratic Presidential Debate at Tyler Perry Studios November 20, 2019 in Atlanta, Georgia. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by MSNBC and The Washington Post. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)
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