Did Biden Illegally Bribe Andrew Yang for His Endorsement?

In this clip, Andrew Yang admits Biden promised him a future position. These comments raised eyebrows among Tulsi Gabbard’s supporters. You see, Yang said his endorsement would go to the Democrat that comes out for universal basic income (UBI). The day after Andrew Yang dropped out, Gabbard did that. But Andrew Yang backtracked on his promise. No endorsement for Gabbard. Some of Gabbard’s supporters cried foul. They believe, after hearing the comments in this video, Biden bribed Yang. Review the details, and let us know what you think in the comments.


TRANSCRIPT: Yang / Charlamagne tha God (McKelvey):

McKelvey: Had Biden promised you a cabinet position?
Yang: We talked, and, uh, y.. I mean I’d have a place in the administration is the pretty clear message.
McKelvey: You endorsed Joe Biden. But I remember you saying you wouldn’t endorse a candidate who didn’t endorse universal basic income. And Biden never has.
Well what I said was, endorsing universal basic income would be a way come out and support you.

Could this run afoul of the law? Yang’s endorsement was viewed as a shock to many of his supporters. Here is the text of the law surrounding bribes for endorsements:
“Whoever, being a candidate, directly or indirectly promises or pledges the appointment, or the use of his influence or support for the appointment of any person to any public or private position or employment, for the purpose of procuring support in his candidacy shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than one year, or both; and if the violation was willful, shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than two years, or both.”

Charlamagne tha God seemed surprised by Yang’s endorsement. Yang had been very specific as to what would earn his endorsement. Immediately after Yang dropped out, he said:

“We’re already talking about the next steps. And if anyone wants my endorsement, all you have to do is come out for universal basic income, say every American should get $1,000 a month, and then I will be there with you on the trail the next day.”

Tulsi made known she supports UBI the day after Yang dropped out. She made the following Instagram post and directed to Andrew Yang:

Yang’s endorsement of Biden shocked several liberal commentators at the time:

Part of Yang’s endorsement might have come from a “special” phone call he had with Biden. Who knows what he was bribed with?


Brief Timeline of Events


February 11, 2020

Andrew Yang Ends Campaign

Yang says he will endorse anyone that comes out for universal basic income (UBI).

February 11, 2020
February 12, 2020

Tulsi Gabbard Sends Overture via Instagram

In this Instagram post, Tulsi Gabbard tags Andrew Yang as she floats her UBI support. Gabbard also talks about UBI here, here, here, here and here.

February 12, 2020
March 10, 2020

In Shock To Many, Yang Endorses Biden

Yang said Biden asked for his endorsement as recently as last week when they spoke on the phone. “It was hard to say ‘no’ to Joe at the time,” Yang said on CNN.

March 10, 2020

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