California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup

California Democrats back Yang after he expresses disappointment over initial DNC lineup
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Two Democratic California lawmakers threw their support behind Andrew YangAndrew YangYang to quarantine after campaign staffer tests positive for COVID-19 Andrew Yang sparks Twitter uproar with pro-bodega video Yang announces run for New York City mayor MORE after he expressed disappointment over being left off the initial Democratic National Convention speaking lineup.

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuHouse Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis Washington state rep joins list of Republicans voting to impeach Trump Growing number of GOP lawmakers say they support impeachment MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaHouse Democrats introduce measures to oppose Trump's bomb sale to Saudis House impeaches Trump for second time — with some GOP support Stacey Abrams gets kudos for work in Georgia runoff election MORE (D-Calif.) both took to Twitter to criticize the Democratic National Committee (DNC), which announced its initial lineup of keynote speakers on Tuesday morning. Yang, a former Democratic presidential candidate, was not among the list of speakers.

Lieu addressed his post to the DNC and pointed out that Asian Americans are “the fastest increasing group in America, including in multiple swing states.”


“The gross underrepresentation of Asian American speakers in the four days of the DNC Convention is tone deaf and a slap in the face,” the congressman posted. 

Khanna’s also advocated for Yang to speak at the convention in a post, which the former 2020 candidate replied to and thanked him for.

“It’s absurd to exclude him given the campaign he ran,” he tweeted.


The criticism against the DNC came after Yang reacted on Twitter to the list of convention speakers, saying, “I’ve got to be honest I kind of expected to speak.” 

The former 2020 candidate followed with a second tweet that said, “Maybe I endorsed against one too many incumbents.”

A DNC spokesperson told The Hill that Yang was among a list of former 2020 candidates who would be speaking during two segments about the status of America and how they will work with former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenTrump grants clemency to more than 100 people, including Bannon Scalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration Sidney Powell withdraws 'kraken' lawsuit in Georgia MORE.

Other former candidates involved in these segments include Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Memo: Trump leaves changed nation in his wake Cori Bush dismisses concerns of being 'co-opted' by establishment The Memo: Biden prepares for sea of challenges MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenBiden pick for Pentagon cruises through confirmation hearing Senate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Biden consumer bureau pick could take over agency on Inauguration Day MORE (D-Mass.), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Senate majority offers Biden new avenues on Trump environmental rollbacks | Democrats eye action on range of climate bills | Biden pushing to cancel Keystone XL pipeline as soon as he takes office: reports Biden rolls out group of deputy secretary nominees On The Money: Retail sales drop in latest sign of weakening economy | Fast-food workers strike for minimum wage | US officials raise concerns over Mexico's handling of energy permits MORE, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharSenate Democrats call on Biden to immediately invoke Defense Production Act Senate Democrats make democracy reform first bill of new majority Google completes Fitbit acquisition MORE (D-Minn.), Tom SteyerTom SteyerOn The Trail: The political losers of 2020 Biden Cabinet picks largely unify Democrats — so far Late donor surges push election spending projections to new heights MORE, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerOfficials brace for second Trump impeachment trial Sunday shows - Capital locked down ahead of Biden's inauguration Booker: It would be 'constitutionally dangerous' not to conduct full Trump impeachment trial MORE (D-N.J.), and former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Julián Castro, among others. 

Some former candidates, including Sanders and Warren, will have keynote speaking slots, which were announced Tuesday morning.

Yang ran on a platform primarily supporting universal basic income before he dropped out of the presidential race following the New Hampshire primary results in February. 

Former Vice President Joe Biden will accept the Democratic nomination for president at next week’s convention.

The DNC has announced several well-known speakers for the four-day event, including former President Obama and former first lady Michelle ObamaMichelle LeVaughn Robinson ObamaAshley Biden says Melania Trump has not reached out to Jill Biden Biden poised to be the most pro-immigrant president since Reagan Obama honors MLK Day: 'He never gave in to violence, never waved a traitorous flag' MORE as well as former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonGOP Rep Marjorie Taylor Greene referred to Parkland school shooting as 'false flag' event on Facebook Senators vet Mayorkas to take lead at DHS CNN poll: Melania Trump leaving office as least popular first lady ever MORE

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoDe Blasio: New York City will run out of COVID-19 vaccine this week without resupply Overnight Health Care: Testing capacity strained as localities struggle with vaccine staffing | Health workers refusing vaccine is growing problem | Incoming CDC director expects 500,000 COVID deaths by mid-February Health workers refusing vaccine is new growing US problem MORE (D), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezFacebook has no current plan to end the Trump suspension New York court worker arrested, accused of threats related to inauguration Ocasio-Cortez: Facebook, Zuckerberg 'bear partial responsibility' for insurrection MORE (D-N.Y.) and former Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) will also speak during the convention. 

Biden’s running mate, announced Tuesday to be Sen. Kamala HarrisKamala HarrisScalise bringing Donna Brazile as guest to Biden inauguration McConnell, Schumer fail to cut power-sharing deal amid filibuster snag Howard University's marching band to escort Harris at inauguration MORE (D-Calif.), also has been scheduled to speak.