Yang criticizes 'patronizing element' of Democratic messaging ahead of convention speech

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew YangAndrew YangPelosi spars with CNN's Blitzer over COVID-19 aid: 'You really don't know what you're talking about' The shape of guaranteed income Biden's latest small business outreach is just ... awful MORE on Wednesday said there's a "patronizing element" to party messaging that could cost Democrats at the polls.

"Democrats have this tendency to have a message out there, and then if you don't like the message it's like, 'Well, it's your fault,' " Yang told The Washington Post Live in a video interview. "There's this patronizing element to a lot of what we say and do, and it's hurting us, and it's wrong, unproductive. It's a great way to not win."

The comments from Yang, who's a CNN contributor, come a day before he's slated to speak at the Democratic National Convention.


He also criticized convention organizers for not giving Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezProgressive lawmakers call for United Nations probe into DHS 'human rights abuses' OVERNIGHT ENERGY: Democrats play defense, GOP goes on attack after Biden oil comments | Energy Dept. exempts quick dishwashers from existing efficiency standards | Ocasio-Cortez says having Green New Deal would have helped handle COVID-19 pandemic Ocasio-Cortez says Biden vote can be 'tactical' effort to support marginalized communities MORE (D-N.Y.) a bigger role beyond the procedural formality of nominating Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump makes his case in North Carolina, Ohio and Wisconsin Trump mocks Joe Biden's drive-in rallies at North Carolina event Sanders hits back at Trump's attack on 'socialized medicine' MORE (I-Vt.) on Tuesday night.

“She was asked to nominate Bernie, which I thought she did very effectively, but I thought that was a misuse of AOC," Yang said, referring to the lawmaker by her initials. "She is one of the people who can cut through this medium and deliver a message very powerfully, so I feel like the DNC just missed one on that."

Last week, Yang publicly expressed disappointment when he was not included on the initial list of convention speakers. He was later added to the lineup.


Yang, a tech entrepreneur, dropped his long-shot White House bid in February, outlasting several established politicians, including Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), who is now the Democratic vice presidential nominee.

As a candidate, Yang focused almost exclusively on universal basic income.