New rule for the Lefties: you can't make jokes about being Asian if you're running for President.
During last week's Democrat primary debate on Thursday in Houston, candidate Andrew Yang made a joke about his Asian heritage.
We know we're on the same team. We all have a better vision for health care than our current president, and I believe we're talking about this the wrong way. As someone who has run a business, I know that our current health care system makes it harder to hire people, makes it harder to give them benefits and treat them as full-time employees – you instead pretend they're contractors. It’s harder to change jobs; it's certainly harder to start a business. The pitch we have to make [to] the American people is, we will get the health care weight off of your backs and then unleash the hopes and dreams of the American people.
I am Asian, so I know a lot of doctors, and they tell me that they spend a lot of time on paperwork, avoiding being sued, and navigating the insurance bureaucracy. We have to change the incentives, so instead of revenue and activity, people are focused on our health in the health care system, and the Cleveland Clinic, where they're paid not based upon how many procedures they prescribe, shocker, they prescribe fewer procedures and patient health stays the same or improves. That is the pitch to the American people.
The crowd actually enjoyed his answer - they cheered and laughed.
But not everyone likes jokes - the offense industry was ready and willing to attack Yang for his comment.
HOUSTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 12: Democratic presidential candidate former tech executive Andrew Yang speaks during the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University's Health and PE Center on September 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. Ten Democratic presidential hopefuls were chosen from the larger field of candidates to participate in the debate hosted by ABC News in partnership with Univision. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)