'Nerdiest presidential campaign in history': Andrew Yang incites 'PowerPoint' chant at Seattle rally

Democratic presidential candidate and entrepreneur Andrew Yang incited an unusual chant of "PowerPoint, PowerPoint, PowerPoint," at his Seattle rally last Friday (local time).

Yang's latest rally reiterated his promise to become the first president to use PowerPoint during the State of the Union address. 

"I'm going to be the first president to use PowerPoint in the State of the Union, how do you feel about that?" Yang asked his audience. "Yes, this is the nerdiest presidential campaign in history!"

Yang's PowerPoint promise was seemingly well-received by the enthused crowds, as the "PowerPoint" chant erupted at Seattle's Gas Works Park.

The 44-year-old politician, who founded the non-profit organisation Venture for America in 2011, declared he was running for the 2020 election in November 2017.

Yang is up against Democratic candidates with much higher profiles and heavily funded campaigns, such as former Vice President Joe Biden, former Representative Beto O'Rourke, and Senators Bernie Sanders and Kamala Harris. He is expected to struggle in the primary.

Yang's presidential platform heavily advocates for universal basic income, proposing an annual US$12,000 (NZ$18,164) no-strings-attached "Freedom Dividend" to U.S. citizens over the age of 18, the New York Times reports.

His campaign heavily focuses on the threat technological automation and artificial intelligence pose to the American workforce.

Yang has also called for a lowered voting age of 16.

Yang's dedicated supporters, known as the "Yang Gang", have helped generate increased media attention to Yang's platform through an internet campaign of memes, music videos, and hashtags such as #securethebag.

It looks like #PowerPoint will become the Yang Gang's latest slogan.


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