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Yang calls out 'reality TV show' style elections that resulted in Trump: 'We need to be laser-focused'

Andrew YangAndrew YangYang announces run for New York City mayor Yang files to open campaign account for NYC mayor Poll finds Andrew Yang favored for New York City mayor MORE ripped the media and U.S. politics in general during his closing statement at Wednesday's Democratic presidential primary debate in Detroit, trashing America's "reality TV show" elections that he said contributed to President TrumpDonald TrumpEx-Trump lawyer Cohen to pen forward for impeachment book Murkowski says it would be 'appropriate' to bar Trump from holding office again Man known as 'QAnon Shaman' asks Trump for pardon after storming Capitol MORE's 2016 victory.

Yang remarked during his closing statement that some in the media focused on his wardrobe during the first debate rather than his policy proposals and called on voters to be "laser-focused" on dealing with pressing issues facing the country.

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"We're up here with makeup on our faces and our rehearsed attack lines, playing roles in this reality TV show," Yang quipped. "It's one reason why we elected a reality TV star as our president.

"We need to be laser-focused on solving the real challenges of today," he added.

Yang joked earlier in the day in a video released on Twitter that he wore a tie just for the debate walk-through practice session, but he appeared onstage again Wednesday without a tie unlike other candidates on the debate stage.