Presidential hopeful Andrew Yang has (again) been removed from a list of 2020 Democratic presidential candidates provided by MSNBC. The chart appeared on the network Sunday morning and has received backlash from Yang's supporters on social media.
The omission is notable because Politico reports that Yang has met both the polling and fundraising thresholds for the first 2020 presidential debate on June 26, while others included in MSNBC's list — such as Bill de Blasio, Tim Ryan, and Eric Swalwell — have only met the polling threshold.
In addition to Yang, Marianne Williamson, Wayne Messam, and Mike Gravel were also excluded from the list, although Williamson is the only one of this group that has thus far qualified for a debate spot.
It's not the first time that Yang has been blackballed from an MSNBC graphic, despite multiple appearances on the network's programs. In addition, Yang was also excluded from a graph shared by fellow presidential hopeful Bernie Sanders, which showed Sanders topping the 2020 field in terms of small-donor donations last quarter. Despite coming in second as regards this metric, Yang was excluded from the graph, as The Inquisitr previously reported.
The 44-year-old serial entrepreneur previously criticized Sanders for his "backward-looking policies," which he claims are an attempt to "resuscitate an economy that existed at some point in the 20th century." He also attacked Sanders for his "closed-minded opposition" to his Universal Basic Income (UBI) proposal, which Yang believes could be an effort by Sanders to seem less "revolutionary" and appeal to a wider audience.
"Bernie's answer when asked about Universal Basic Income recently seemed closed-minded and a departure from his previous position on it."