Andrew Yang's 'Forward' Political Party Includes Former Donald Trump Staff

Former Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang's new political party is set to include former staff of Donald Trump, according to reports.

On Wednesday dozens of former Republican and Democratic officials announced the creation of the new "Forward Party".

Yang, who also ran as a Democratic candidate for New York City mayor in 2021, announced he was leaving the Democratic Party in October.

The founders of the Forward Party hope that it will appeal to the millions of voters across the U.S. who are unhappy with the two-party system and polarized politics, according to a Reuters report.

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Donald Trump, left, is pictured during the Turning Point USA Student Action Summit at the Tampa Convention Center on July 23, 2022 in Tampa, Florida. Andrew Yang, right, speaks at the "Rally Against Hate" in Chinatown in New York City on March 21, 2021. Reports have indicated that Yang's Forward Party will include former Trump staff. Joe Raedle and Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty

The party, which is centrist has yet to outline its policies.

Two pillars of the new party are to "reinvigorate a fair, flourishing economy" and to "give Americans more choices in elections, more confidence in a government that works, and more say in our future," according to Reuters.

The party, which has attracted support from both sides of the political spectrum, will include people from the Renew America Movement, formed in 2021 by former officials in the Republican administrations of Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, George W. Bush and Donald Trump.

One of the confirmed former members of the Trump administration who will be part of the new party is Miles Taylor, a former Homeland Security official.

He has said he is aware of the difficulties third parties have faced in the past but explained how things are different now.

"The fundamentals have changed," he said, according to Reuters. "When other third party movements have emerged in the past it's largely been inside a system where the American people aren't asking for an alternative."

"The difference here is we are seeing an historic number of Americans saying they want one."

David Jolly, a former Republican congressman from Florida and chairman of the Serve America Movement, Christine Todd Whitman, a former Republican governor of New Jersey and co-founder of the Renew America Movement and Andrew Yang outlined why they believe their third party won't fail in the Washington Post on Wednesday.

"Polarization is fueling a spike in political intimidation. In the past two years, we've seen death threats and assassination plots against members of Congress, governors, Supreme Court justices and even the vice president of the United States" the article read.

"If nothing is done, the United States will not reach its 300th birthday this century in recognizable form."

It went on to say that is the reason behind the party forming and being made up of Democrats, Republicans and independents.

The article also referenced data from a New York Times/ Siena College poll that found just 13 percent of Americans believe the country is headed in the right direction.

The article closed by saying that Americans need more choice in politics and it was more important now in order to restore civility to American society.

Newsweek has contacted Andrew Yang for comment.