The rules changed mid-game and Andrew Yang was not happy about it.
The tech entrepreneur, who is running on a platform that mixes ideas from the left and the right with some skepticism about robots, told his followers that the DNC had rejected his second poll after he submitted the fourth one, showing that he had more than the two percent of support needed to qualify for the debates.
Less than 24 hours after we hit our 4th qualifying poll for the fall debates, the DNC has revoked our 2nd qualifying poll. I have a feeling the #YangGang is not going to like this… https://t.co/Ws1hvoUAsE
— Andrew Yang (@AndrewYang) July 30, 2019
The committee said that the two polls provided by the candidate – a July 11 poll from NBC and The Wall Street Journal and a July 19 poll by NBC and SurveyMonkey – would only be counted as one.
“Candidates may only count one NBC-sponsored national poll released during the current qualification period,” Mary Beth Cahill, DNC senior adviser, explained in an email, as quoted by The Hill.
“We disagree with the DNC decision and are disappointed with the ruling,” Yang’s campaign manager Zach Graumann said in a statement. He insisted that Yang “has qualified for the fall debates” due to NBC News being among the organizations approved by the DNC.
“It is frustrating to see the rules be changed mid-game, but our campaign has overcome every obstacle placed in our path, and we will continue to upset the establishment well into 2020,”Graumann said.
Yang’s supporters were also quick to show their anger at the treatment of their candidate by the DNC, with many comparing the situation with the 2016 primaries.
@DNC out here trying to pull another fast one. You might've gotten away with that with Bernie in 2016, but the #YangGang won't let you stand in the way of progress. #HumanityFirst Do you really think you're showing that you listen to your constituents? pic.twitter.com/7EKTAbvHpd
— Miles. Just Miles. (@milesjustmiles) July 30, 2019
seems like the lesson they learned after blatantly screwing Bernie Sanders out of the last elections is: Oh we are still gonna screw people who challenge the status quo and have momentum, we just can't do it to Bernie this time #YangGang
— Lo Glass Logic (@LoGlassLogic) July 30, 2019