But Yang’s chances of snatching the NYC mayor seat may have waned following the release of a New York Times profile about the candidate. In the piece, Yang laments about the difficulty of working from home in the city while his children do remote schooling.
“We’ve spent more time upstate than in the city over the last number of months, but I also spent time in Georgia, as you know, I spent time in Pennsylvania campaigning for Joe and Kamala,” Yang said. The family owns a weekend home in upstate New York.
“We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan. And so, like, can you imagine trying to have two kids on virtual school in a two-bedroom apartment, and then trying to do work yourself?” he continued.
Andrew Yang explains running for mayor while not living in New York full time: “We live in a two-bedroom apartment in Manhattan… can you imagine trying to have two kids on virtual school in a two-bedroom apartment and then trying to do work yourself?”
— Scott Bixby (@scottbix) January 11, 2021
Well Yang, a lot of people can imagine trying to do that, because it’s been their reality for the past nine months.
“No one, except every parent in NYC,” actress Kristen Johnston tweeted in response to the story.
New Yorkers criticized Yang for his out-of-touch comment, noting just how many of them have spent their lives even before the pandemic making do with whatever real estate they had. People also pointed out the luxury of having two whole bedrooms in a place like New York. Others used this as an opportunity to promote Yang’s opponent Maya Wiley, a Democrat who is campaigning to be the first Black woman to serve as mayor of NYC.
Check out some of the reactions below.
If you don’t know that countless parents in NYC are dealing with this exact or worst circumstance (little to no access to the internet or a working computer, heating issues, unemployment, food insecurity, etc) you shouldn’t be running for mayor of our city.
— Maya Contreras (@mayatcontreras) January 11, 2021
Andrew Yang out here complaining about a 2 bedroom apartment in Manhattan. That's a mansion for most New Yorkers. Get back to us when your kitchen, living room and bedroom are all in the same room.
— ClockOutWars (@clockoutwars) January 11, 2021
I simply do not understand why someone who has apparently never really engaged with New York City government would think they are the right person to be in charge of it https://t.co/C0EX5w6TsR
— Amy Plitt (@plitter) January 11, 2021
Yang--who doesn't live in NYC full-time--explains he can't live there as he wouldn't be able to get any work done while his two kids are in school online. LIKE MILLIONS OF NYC PARENTS WHO DON'T HAVE TWO HOMES HAVE TO DO EVERY DAY.
Can Andrew Yang Win? https://t.co/1UeWYBvcnA
— Victoria Brownworth #10Days (@VABVOX) January 11, 2021
My mother had 4 kids, a beauty salon with an arts & craft section all in a 2 bedroom apartment in New York. I don't know wtf Andrew Yang elitist ass is talking about. We have millions of New Yorkers raising families and conducting business in a 2 bedroom apartment. Wtf, nah b.
— 👑 Black Professor 👑 (@WonderKing82) January 11, 2021
Yang: “Can you imagine raising two kids in virtual school in your two-bedroom apartment while you and your partner work?”
Most of NYC: pic.twitter.com/WGZrkC79Hk
— Dan Lehner 🎹 (@danlehnermusic) January 11, 2021
— Lorenzo The Cat (@LorenzoTheCat) January 11, 2021
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