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 YangAdams touts momentum after poll shows him leading Yang in NYC race Yang gets key endorsement from former opponent in NYC mayor race Yang expands lead in NYC mayor race: poll MORE after he expressed disappointment over being left off the initial Democratic National Convention speaking lineup.

Rep. Ted LieuTed W. LieuDemocrats, activists blast Trump DOJ effort to get journalists' phone records Lawmakers praise Biden for expected recognition of Armenian Genocide Overnight Defense: Top Pentagon nominee advances after Harris casts tie-breaker | Air Force general charged with sexual assault first to face court-martial | House passes bill to limit Saudi arms sales MORE (D-Calif.) and Rep. Ro KhannaRohit (Ro) KhannaMedical supplies arriving in India amid surge in COVID-19 infections Overnight Health Care: US to share millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses with other countries | Biden speaks with Prime Minister Modi as COVID-19 surges in India US to share millions of AstraZeneca vaccine doses with other countries 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 BidenDefense lawyers for alleged Capitol rioters to get tours of U.S. Capitol Sasse to introduce legislation giving new hires signing bonuses after negative jobs report Three questions about Biden's conservation goals MORE.

Other former candidates involved in these segments include Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersGOP is consumed by Trump conspiracy theories Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders Sanders on Cheney drama: GOP is an 'anti-democratic cult' MORE (I-Vt.), Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenFree Speech Inc.: The Democratic Party finds a new but shaky faith in corporate free speech Debate over ICBMs: Will 'defund our defenses' be next? Manchin on collision course with Warren, Sanders MORE (D-Mass.), former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete Buttigieg'Funky Academic:' Public has been 'groomed to measure progress by firsts' Biden administration in talks with LA Mayor Eric Garcetti for India ambassador post: reports Business groups target moderate Democrats on Biden tax plans MORE, Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharStrengthen CBP regulations to reduce opioid deaths Why isn't Washington defending American companies from foreign assaults? Republicans float support for antitrust reform after Trump Facebook ban upheld MORE (D-Minn.), Tom SteyerTom SteyerTop 12 political donors accounted for almost 1 of every 13 dollars raised since 2009: study California Democrats weigh their recall options Why we should be leery of companies entering political fray MORE, Sen. Cory BookerCory BookerBush testifies before Congress about racist treatment Black birthing people face during childbirth, pregnancy Tim Scott sparks buzz in crowded field of White House hopefuls Never underestimate Joe Biden 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 ObamaThe Memo: The Obamas unbound, on race Obamas' first White House dog, Bo, dies Michelle Obama praises BLM, says she fears for daughters MORE as well as former President Clinton and former Secretary of State Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonMcConnell: Taliban could take over Afghanistan by 'the end of the year' Hillary Clinton: There must be a 'global reckoning' with disinformation Pelosi's archbishop calls for Communion to be withheld from public figures supporting abortion rights MORE

New York Gov. Andrew CuomoAndrew CuomoCuomo's communications director resigns The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Emergent BioSolutions - Facebook upholds Trump ban; GOP leaders back Stefanik to replace Cheney Broadway to fully reopen in September MORE (D), Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezBattle lines drawn over Biden's support for vaccine waivers Overnight Energy: Update on Biden administration conservation goals | GOP sees opportunity to knock Biden amid rising gas prices | Push for nationwide electric vehicle charging stations The Memo: The GOP's war is already over — Trump won 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 HarrisBiden to record video message for 'Vax Live' concert Harris says Mexico, US can work together to improve quality of life in Northern Triangle Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms says 'it is time to pass the baton on to someone else' MORE (D-Calif.), also has been scheduled to speak.