Yang and his gang marching through the Iowa chill, Making America Think Again. Photos: Kathryn Gamble

‘If Andrew Yang Can Unite a YouTube Comment Section, He Can Unite the Nation’

On the ground at a Yang Gang initiation — and Weezer concert — in Iowa

Drew Magary
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22 min readNov 19, 2019

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II may be the only person at Yangapalooza today who does NOT believe that Andrew Yang will be the next president of the United States. I’m at the Brenton Skating Rink in Des Moines, Iowa, on a rainy and frigid November day that makes you pay dearly if you forget to step out wearing a hat and gloves. Sucks to be me then, because all I’ve got is a hat. My hands are already flatlining. Yang volunteers are handing out free hand warmers — the kind you stuff into your ski boots — and I go right for them before I bother to interview anyone. I activate the SHIT out of that charcoal. You’re not supposed to touch these hand warmers with bare skin, but I have no interest in abiding by that directive. Getting third-degree burns at an Andrew Yang rally sounds like heaven to me right now.

Everyone else at this rally was wise enough to bundle up. And even if they haven’t, they’ll remain forever toasty thanks to the considerable amount of energy they’re collectively producing from their love of one Andrew Yang. Yang is currently lodged firmly in the single-digit second tier of the 2020 Democratic polls, but he believes those numbers are merely the starting point of his ascent. His fans — and I’m gonna call them fans, because that’s a more accurate way to describe them than mere supporters — also believe this. It’s my job to talk to them and watch them in action and figure out if that belief in Yang is justified and if it’ll pay off—to see if one of the apparent also-rans in this race is more than he seems.

One Yang supporter here thinks Weezer is just one guy, which is probably an argument that Weezer die-hards debate intensely but is, nevertheless, technically inaccurate.

Weezer is playing at this rally today, but most everyone is here more for politics than rock and roll. One Yang supporter here thinks Weezer is just one guy, which is probably an argument that Weezer die-hards debate intensely but is, nevertheless, technically inaccurate. I can find only one person who is here today just for Weezer. That…

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Drew Magary
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Columnist at GEN. Co-founder, Defector. Author of Point B.