"He Talks About Giving Every American $1,000 a Month But Can't Give His Own Campaign Staffers Severance"
The Andrew Yang campaign, an internet meme that took off leading to an extended bout of Yang popping up places to argue for taking money from some people to give to others, literally, died in New Hampshire, for confusing and unknown reasons.
When your campaign is already a joke, why bother dropping out because you didn't place in Iowa or New Hampshire.
You don't see Bill Weld dropping out just because he only got one delegate in Iowa. That kills the joke. But it seems that at some point, Yang did the math.
And started chopping heads.
"For a Democrat who is 'all about the worker,' he's just talking the talk, no walking here," one staffer said.
"'Humanity first' but no transparency or honesty with the layoff, period. They gave zero warning and just starting deactivating people's emails and Slack accounts. There is now a culture of fear across the entire campaign because of those layoffs."
The fear's been realized as Yang dropped out. But did anyone working for his campaign drink the whipped cream and think there was a future?
Four current and former Yang campaign staffers at varying levels of seniority told Insider that the layoffs were just the tip of the iceberg of a campaign culture characterized by disorganization and a "lack of transparency." All spoke with Insider on the condition of anonymity because they said they were being bound by nondisclosure agreements in some cases and feared retribution from the campaign.
I'm shocked that the campaign of a guy running on the idea of handing out $1,000 checks to everyone while wearing a MATH button to debates was disorganized. But, anyway, this was Yang's reputation long before he got into politics when it came to business.
Three sources said that, in one state, the campaign either laid off or re-deployed all the office's representatives of the Campaign Worker's Guild, the union representing Yang organizers, in what they characterized as retaliatory layoffs.
One staffer described the campaign's attitude toward the union as "completely disrespectful," saying the campaign declined to negotiate on some points, including severance, and appeared to be "kicking the can down the road" to avoid negotiating before the campaign's end.
Good luck negotiating with a defunct joke campaign. Math!
"[Yang] talks about giving every American $1,000 a month but can't give his own campaign staffers severance," one source said. "It's infuriating."
But it's a shame that they didn't even get whipped cream shot in their mouth.