Yang gangup

Andrew Yang botched his appeal to LGBTQ voters so hard it’s become a meme

Well that didn’t go as planned.

New York City Mayoral candidate and former presidential candidate Andrew Yang sought the Stonewall Democratic Club of New York’s endorsement Thursday night, and not only did he not get it, he wound up offending the group’s members.

Trying hard (like, really hard) to appeal to the LGBTQ Democratic group, Yang seemed more focused on proving he knows gay people and where they drink in NYC than he was discussing relevant policy.

“Well, first, let me say that if I go to Cubbyhole, I think I’m going to be accompanied by at least one of my two campaign managers who are both gay,” he said in the video discussion. “So there’s like a lot of, you know, familiarity with, with the community, at the head of my campaign leading it.”

“He came across like he was a tourist in New York and said he wanted to visit a gay bar,” the LGBTQ Democrats’ club president Rose Christ told Politico.

Some also took issue with the way the businessman kept repeating the phrase “your community.”

“I genuinely do love you and your community,” he said, according to a partial recording of the meeting reviewed by the New York Times. “You’re so human and beautiful. You make New York City special. I have no idea how we ever lose to the Republicans given that you all are frankly in, like, leadership roles all over the Democratic Party.”

“We have, like, this incredible secret weapon,” he continued. “It’s not even secret. It’s like, we should win everything because we have you all.”

“He kept calling us ‘Your community,’ like we were aliens,” club member Harris Doran told the paper.

“When I see a candidate come in just with [The Office’s] Michael Scott levels of cringe and insensitivity, it either tells me Andrew Yang is in over his head or is not listening to his staff,” Alejandra Caraballo, who also attended the meeting, said. “Those are both radioactive flashing signs that say he is not prepared to be mayor of New York.”

Here’s what folx are saying about it on Twitter: