Andrew Yang Addresses Texas Mass Shooting, Highlights Looming Displacement Of Truckers

Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang delivers a 20-minute campaign speech at the Des Moines Register Political Soapbox at the Iowa State Fair August 09, 2019 in Des Moines, Iowa.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported that Seth Ator, the 36-year-old man allegedly behind the West Texas mass shooting Saturday, was reportedly fired from his trucking job. His alleged termination happened just hours before he purportedly committed the horrific act that led to the deaths of seven people and injury of 22 others.

In the wake of the tragedy, Democratic presidential candidate Andrew Yang took to Twitter to address the incident and highlight something that he has covered frequently during his campaign: automation and self-driving trucks threaten to displace many of the 3 million U.S. truck drivers and the communities that are built around the industry.

Per The Los Angeles Times, Yang frequently points to the failed retraining of manufacturing workers in the Midwest. He claimed retraining only had a success rate of zero to 15 percent and led instead to many leaving the workforce. The 44-year-old suggested that the same will happen for displaced truckers.

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