Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced on Monday that he has officially left the Democratic Party, according to The Daily Wire.
Yang cited the increasing “polarization” of the party and politics as his reason for parting ways with the DNC and officially registering as an Independent voter.
The New Yorker became part of the political landscape when he launched his presidential campaign during the 2020 election cycle, and later when he ran for the mayorship of New York City.
The candidate failed both times, but said in a blog post on Monday that despite former party affiliation he’s “breaking up” with the DNC and said it “was a strangely emotional experience.”
“I’m confident that no longer being a Democrat is the right thing,” Yang said. “So why do I feel in my heart that this is the right move? While it was simply a small piece of paperwork, I genuinely felt a shift in my mindset as soon as I signed it.”
The former presidential hopeful said that he is “more comfortable trying to fix the system than being a part of it.”
“My goal is to do as much as I can to advance our society. There are phenomenal public servants doing great work every day – but our system is stuck. It is stuck in part because polarization is getting worse than ever,” Yang wrote.
“Many of the people I know are doing all of the good they can – but their impact is constrained. Now that I’m not a member of one party or another, I feel like I can be even more honest about both the system and the people in it.”
Yang, now a commentator for CNN said he sees open primaries and ranked-choice voting as the “key reforms” that would allow voters more of a choice in elections.
“I’ve seen politicians publicly eviscerate each other and then act collegial or friendly backstage a few minutes later. A lot of it is theatre,” Yang warned.“I believe I can reach people who are outside the system more effectively. I feel more . . . independent,” Yang wrote.