#YangWasRight Trends As Trump Eyes Giving Americans Checks to Mitigate Coronavirus Economic Impact

The hashtag #YangWasRight began trending on Twitter across the United States on Tuesday afternoon after President Donald Trump's administration announced that $250 billion of an incoming $1 trillion economic package pitch will be put toward direct payments to citizens amid the coronavirus pandemic.

"We have put a proposal on the table that would inject one trillion dollars into the economy," Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said following a meeting with Senate Republicans to discuss the plan. "This is a combination of loans, this is a combination of direct checks to individuals, this is a combination of liquidity for small businesses."

Former 2020 presidential candidate Andrew Yang, who previously ran on the idea that automation is displacing American jobs and the answer lies in a $1,000 universal basic income for every adult citizen, on Tuesday said he had been "in touch" with the White House and his team are "offering resources" as the administration considers sending checks to mitigate the pandemic's economic impacts.

"It's unfortunate to see this development take place under the current circumstances, but this is exactly what Universal Basic Income is designed to do—offer a way to ensure that Americans can make ends meet when they need it most," Yang said in a statement. "I look forward to monitoring the developments of the White House as they consider methods of distribution, and both me and my team are eager to offer our support to ensure this process runs as smoothly as possible."

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Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang speaks to reporters in the spin room after the Democratic presidential primary debate at St. Anselm College on February 07, 2020 in Manchester, New Hampshire. Win McNamee/Getty

Mnuchin's proposal differs from the one Yang pitched to voters during this presidential run. Rather than a flat $1,000 per month payment to all Americans, the White House and Senate proposals would likely involve taking into account the individual recipient's personal circumstances. The distribution method could also be one or spread over numerous checks.

Mnuchin said the White House is looking to implement such a plan in "the next two weeks."

"Certainly UBI is far from a victory lap and the circumstances surrounding the conversation are troubling to say the least," Erick Sanchez, Yang's former traveling press secretary, told Newsweek, "but we're pleased to see the White House and legislators on both sides of the aisle discussing the possibility of offering immediate relief in the form of putting money directly in the pockets of hardworking Americans."

"Andrew and the Humanity Forward team is monitoring the developments of the discussions happening in Washington around the clock and working to offer resources so that this relief extends beyond this time of crisis," he added. "What we are working toward is a permanent universal basic income for every American so that our friends, family and neighbors can rely on financial assistance before disaster strikes."

Tens of thousands of Yang supporters took to Twitter to weigh in on the White House's proposal, with some celebrating the potential realization of a form of the former 2020 Democratic candidate's universal basic income plan. As of Tuesday afternoon, #YangWasRight rose to the third most-trending topic on the social media platform in the United States. At the time of publication, the hashtag had garnered more than 28,000 tweets.

"When he ran, @AndrewYang argued that the social safety net wasn't up to the challenge of a real crisis, and that tying our survival to employment was short-sighted. Now we see lawmakers from across the aisle endorsing universal basic income. #YangWasRight," user @JamesTreakle tweeted.

When he ran, @AndrewYang argued that the social safety net wasn’t up to the challenge of a real crisis, and that tying our survival to employment was short-sighted. Now we see lawmakers from across the aisle endorsing universal basic income. #YangWasRight

— James Treakle 🧢 (@JamesTreakle) March 17, 2020

"We worked so hard for this. We dedicated our lives to this. So unfortunate that a global pandemic was the way to open eyes. Here's to a step in the right direction. #YangWasRight," user @plurellemaths tweeted.

We worked so hard for this. We dedicated our lives to this. So unfortunate that a global pandemic was the way to open eyes. Here's to a step in the right direction. #YangWasRight pic.twitter.com/rWs8WtFdBd

— Joelle 🧢 (@plurellemaths) March 17, 2020

"#YangWasRight it's happening!," user @YangVets tweeted, alongside a video of Mnuchin saying "We're looking at sending checks to Americans immediately."

#YangWasRight it's happening! https://t.co/tAEfh3r5h1

— Heidi, Veterans for Humanity 🧢🌺🍎🇺🇲 (@YangVets) March 17, 2020

"That's right #YangGang!!! #YangWasRight, and we are continuing to push his message forward! Let's keep it up," user @KWatlor tweeted.

That’s right #YangGang!!! #YangWasRight, and we are continuing to push his message forward! Let’s keep it up 👊🏼🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/mfumQbaD2G

— KWatlor (@KWatlor) March 17, 2020

"TFW you influence the Federal Government to save Americans from financial collapse even though you dropped out 6 weeks ago #YangWasRight," user @gang4610 tweeted.

TFW you influence the Federal Government to save Americans from financial collapse even though you dropped out 6 weeks ago #YangWasRight pic.twitter.com/TFK9ATF7mA

— John King stan 🧢🚀🍎 (@gang4610) March 17, 2020