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  • What do you think of the Lakers doing so well this season?”

  • Alright, look.

  • That's messed up. You guys know I'm a Kings fan.

  • And you know that the Lakers have consistently broken our hearts.

  • It makes me so mad that they're gelling,

  • that LeBron is back, that they're all getting along.

  • There's no drama. Dwight Howard is, like, now all of a sudden mentally there.

  • Alright. Does anyone else have any questions for me or anything?

  • I've got a question!

  • Why'd you cut our interview so short?

  • Ladies and gentlemen, Andrew Yang!

  • Andrew Yang!

  • You too! Yes!

  • Dude, you did fuckin'... Did you see the way he did that?

  • Aye man, you got the like, the swagger's– I've seen it, it's up now.

  • Oh, thank you, man. Thank you.

  • You hopped up like you had wheelies, man.

  • Let's see Bernie Sanders do that.

  • Oooh, wow!

  • Shots fired.

  • Andrew, that's ageist, bro. Don't do that.

  • Bernie's an inspiration and role model to me, uh...

  • Don't qualify. Don't qualify. Go full Nas, Jay-Z. Go full Take

  • Just go Takeover.

  • Oh...

  • You know what you should do? Like, the Takeover track, be like,

  • You little fuck, I got money stacks bigger than you.”

  • You should do that.

  • Alright, anyways.

  • - You're not the first person to tell me that. - Um, are youare you ready for this?

  • I'm ready.

  • You realize the last presidential candidate that came on Deep Cuts dropped out, so...

  • We had Beto on the show. The neLike, the following day he dropped out.

  • You have to answer the question while holding an egg on a spoon.

  • So describe, in Spanish, what's happening right now on stage.

  • Ah, pues, es muy complicado...

  • - You ready for the danger zone? This is like— - You have absolutely nothing to worry about.

  • - Okay. - I'm gonna undo the Patriot Act jinx right now,

  • Ahh, it's not a jinx. Come on, man.

  • He was polling pretty low, but alright.

  • Now there's only one dude on TV doing this all the time.

  • Alright. So obviously, certain media outlets have blacked you out.

  • Yes.

  • - I'ma just say it. MSNBC... - Yeah. And I've got to say...

  • They call you John Yang...

  • All I'm asking for is that they say, “We're going to treat

  • - Now you wanna

  • ...you exactly like every other candidate. We're going to allow surrogates on our air

  • just like we allow surrogates from other campaigns.” And they're going to acknowledge that they've

  • omitted me from over a dozen graphics and have made mistakes in our coverage.

  • Very, very reasonable. Just treat us like everyone else and then I will be back on the air the next day.

  • Okay, but you're asking for an apology, though. They have to admit fault?

  • - I mean they actually— - You want the news media to admit fault?

  • You want Rachel Maddow to tack on another 30 minutes to her three-hour show

  • - and be like, “I'm sorry, Andrew.” - I'm not looking for 30 minutes.

  • - I would take one minute. - One minute? Okay.

  • Uh, but the fact is they've already apologized for some of the mistakes they've made in isolation,

  • so I'm just asking for an apology to acknowledge that they've made additional mistakes, as well.

  • Okay. Why don't you do this: Go right to Camera One and say, “Hey, MSNBC...

  • the only time I agree with Trump is when he's talking about MSNBC.”

  • Wow.

  • - I, I would not put it that way. - Aw, come on!

  • Come on, dude! I'm trying to

  • Look, you're what, at 6%?

  • - Yeah, I'm in, I'm in fifth place. - If you get the beef poppin'...

  • I guarantee you'll go up to 8%. If you really...

  • If you really swing dick at MSNBC...

  • Dude, you already have the internet. They'll go crazy.

  • - Look, I got to— - Reddit loves you!

  • I got to give them a road back...

  • - Just go raw. - ...because after I'm president,

  • you know, I'm going to be doing interviews with them.

  • - I'm serious. - We got to give them the path back.

  • But MSNBC, just come clean and say, “Look, mistakes were made.

  • Let's put this behind us so we can get to the business of beating Donald Trump in 2020.”

  • Mike Bloomberg just declared his candidacy. You're the numbers guy.

  • Should billionaires exist and be able to run for office? Two questions.

  • Well, our economic system has been geared towards this winner-take-all dynamic for years.

  • So, it's going to produce some billionaires as a byproduct of the way the economy is set up.

  • Uh, and so, you can't go back in time and rewire the way the economy

  • - ...should have been starting in the '90s. - What do youwhat do you mean by that?

  • It's already designed for people to get a billion dollars?

  • It is designed so that it's going to end up producing some number of billionaires,

  • which we have to remedy and as president

  • Because of what? Monopolies or what? Like what

  • Yeah. You've seen market power consolidated in the hands of fewer and fewer companies

  • and then you've seen technology and capital converge. The

  • But should he, should a billionaire like Bloomberg be able to run? That's the real question.

  • Because he can just buy his way through a situation that you're not in.

  • Yeah.

  • History has shown that

  • self-funding candidates have a very, very poor track record in elections.

  • And the fact is, you can't buy passion, you can't buy belief.

  • Uh, if you have people and money, I'll take people every single day.

  • And that's what I believe the billionaires in this race are going to find out, as well, in the days to come.

  • - But shouldShould billionaires be able to run? - The way we're set up

  • You're Euro-stepping the answer here

  • and then going to the hole.

  • I'm— I'm going man.

  • Now you gotta answer that.

  • Come on, Andrew.

  • Yeah.

  • Billionaires should be allowed to spend money on behalf of their own campaigns. Yes, I believe so.

  • Okay. But, and you'reYou're okay going up against the David versus Goliath situation?

  • Well, I think what they're going to find is that spending money on advertising dollars is going to be like

  • pushing on a string where after a certain amount of ads, it actually becomes more irritating than anything else.

  • Uh, you're nodding because you see this

  • and you don't even live in Iowa.

  • So, ifif you live in this age

  • So, like, people in Iowa are like, “Dude, I cannot... It's just Fashion Nova, Fit Tummy Tea,

  • and Michael Bloomberg.”

  • Is that what their Instagram is?

  • There was an article where some teenagers were doing a comedy routine where they were like,

  • imitating these political ads because they've seen them over and over again.

  • So much so that it's become a joke.

  • You know what, man?

  • You guys know what time it is. It's time for the surprise math quiz. Let's see it.

  • - Andrew, here we go. - Alright.

  • Two trains travels in opposite directions from the same station.

  • The first train travels 20 miles an hour faster than the second train,

  • but it starts one hour and 30 minutes after the second train.

  • Five hours after the second train starts, the trains are 512 miles apart.

  • What is the speed of the first train in miles per hour? Go.

  • As the math guy, I know the answer is always C!

  • Dude, it's E, are you kidding me?

  • It's E. Go, show the work. Super simple. We did this before.

  • Let X be the speed of train two.

  • X plus 20 is the speed of train one.

  • Obviously, 3.5X plus 20, plus 5X, five two, 8.5X plus seven equals five over two.

  • X is 52. Speed of train: 52 plus 20, 72. Easy.

  • You sold a test prep company, bro?

  • I did, I did. I did.

  • Alright, man.

  • - Now you've said the Freedom Dividend... - Number one in the country.

  • tested well as an alternative to UBI.

  • Yeah, yeah. We've tested all the names for giving people money.

  • - Dude. Come on, dude. - No, true.

  • I'm going to be the only one. It's just like, “You really tested it?”

  • You were like, “Okay. Let's try, uh, 'Allowance for Adults.'

  • Eh, it's not going to work.”

  • Yes. We didn't have that on the list.

  • - Patriot Bucks. Liberty Dollars. - We had something very close to that.

  • - Patriot Bucks? - We had a lot of variants.

  • - We had, uh, we had Freedom Dividend, which won. - Liberty Bribe. How about Liberty Bribe?

  • How about, how about, how about 'Not Even Half Your Rent...

  • - Bucks”? - That's true here in New York. That is true.

  • - Okay. No, but it tested really well. Yeah. - Anything with the wordFreedomin it.

  • Anything with the wordFreedomin it tested way, way better.

  • - Yeah. You know the show is called Patriot Act... - But we tested a whole bunch of that stuff.

  • because the Patriot Act was super fucked up.

  • - Yeah. And it got passed. - Okay.

  • Uh, the Republicans are really good at naming terrible stuff...

  • - Okay. - ...really appealing names.

  • Okay. But Silicon Valley people love it. Shouldn't we have a little bit of skepticism

  • if Silicon Valley bros love the idea of the Freedom Dividend?

  • Just based on...

  • everything.

  • - Well, the reason why I love the Freedom Dividend... - Yeah.

  • is that it makes people stronger, healthier, mentally healthier, less stressed out. We'll start to put value

  • on things that, right now, the market ignores. Like the work my wife does at home

  • - with our two boys, one of whom is autistic... - Yeah.

  • Caregivers, nurturers, uh, coaches and mentors, and increasingly artists, creatives, and even journalists.

  • There are people in Silicon Valley that do support this

  • and some of them support it for the exact right reasonbecause they know

  • that we're in the midst of the greatest economic and technological transformation in our country's history

  • and we need to do something about it as quickly as possible.

  • Are we using the Freedom Dividend as a short-term solve on massive

  • capitalistic inequality that already exists?

  • So, say me and my wife, we get the Freedom Dividend of a thousand. So, we get 24 Gs a year.

  • How is that going to take down the structure of the Michael Bloombergs, the Jeff Bezoses?

  • What does that do? That's not even a dent to them.

  • Well, to me, what it is

  • - To massive economic inequality that's only growing. - Yeah.

  • Um, what it is, is a foundation for all of us.

  • Like you haveDo you ever stop building a house at the floor? You ever be like,

  • Oh, this is a nice floor.” Of course not.

  • You have the floor and then you have to build a structure on top.

  • And you're going to go after the technology companies as well?

  • - Oh yeah. - Monopolies, all that stuff.

  • Well, the biggest thing that I'm stressed out about where the tech companies are concerned,

  • - uh, is that— - You know we're on NetWe're on Netflix.

  • - We're on Netflix. Everybody but Netflix. - It's cool.

  • Everybody but Netflix. Go ahead.

  • I don't think this does apply to Netflix, happily.

  • You'll bethat wasn't intentional.

  • Okay, good, good, good. Okay.

  • Oh, good.

  • Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead, go ahead.

  • - Yeah, fuck Google. Go, go, go, go. - ...is that

  • Yo, you'll be like, “Disney's a huge fuckin' problem. Fuck them. I'm gonna break them up...”

  • That's funny.

  • Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead.

  • So, I'm a parent, uh, and what stresses me out most about technology is that we're going through

  • a mental health crisis in this countryrecord high levels of anxiety and depression,

  • and it's related to technology use and smartphone adoption and social media apps.

  • Uh, and a friend of mine in Silicon Valley said that we have some of the smartest engineers in our country

  • turning super computers into dopamine delivery devices and slot machines for teenagers.

  • And it's having a disastrous effect on our mental health.

  • So what we have to do is we have to get into the guts of these social media apps and

  • recalibrate their design choices so they don't just have the profits of the companies in mind,

  • but they also have our mental health and the mental health of our children.

  • Now...

  • You believe data should be owned by the person who generates it.

  • Yeah!

  • Our data needs to be ours. These companies are selling and reselling it and profiting

  • to the tune of billions and billions of dollars...

  • Which companies specifically? What are we talking about? The Majors.

  • Facebook, Amazon, Googlethe Majors, are selling our data and profiting to the tune

  • of billions, even tens of billions, of dollars.

  • So I'm proposing that our data is ours.

  • Even if we decide to lend it to these tech companies,

  • they have to tell us what they're doing with it. They have to share in the value with us,

  • so we would literally get data checks from the tech companies.

  • Wow.

  • And then we have to be able to turn the dial off and unplug it at will. And

  • And this is fundamental. Right now, we're in a position where the tech companies know us better

  • - than some of our family members. - Yeah, that's true.

  • - And they're putting all these— - That's very true.

  • It is true, right? Netflix might, too. But in Netflix

  • - Oooh. - No, no

  • Oooh. - But in Netflix's case

  • Oh, really? I told you to go after MSNBC. Now you're trying to fuck with my bag.

  • No, no.

  • But in Netflix's case, they just figure out what we want to watch so it's quite benign, actually.

  • And then they figure out what sort of money to invest content in.

  • - A lot of times we have all these— - Nice save, nicely done. Nicely done.

  • I have a subscription.

  • Yours or like, a cousin's? Be real.

  • My cousin borrows mine, that's what kind of cousin I have.

  • Alright, alright.

  • I want to go back to something that I was really fascinated with in your book.

  • You're the automation guy. That's how you kind of becameand made a name

  • - on the national stage. - Yes.

  • How