Yang and Booker’s Friendship: Maybe There’s Hope for the Rest of Us, Too

Yang and Booker’s Friendship: Maybe There’s Hope for the Rest of Us, Too


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Janet Ybarra
Former Washington Journalist
Contributor on The Bipartisan Press

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It’s natural that at this time of year that we would look for cheer and warmth wherever we can find it.

This is particularly true when you have circumstances such as that with Donald Trump’s new website, which is designed not to bring families together but rather–in usual Trumpian fashion–sow discord and pit family member against family member.

So it was particularly heartwarming for CNN to profile a genuine friendship on the campaign trail for the Democratic presidential nomination between entrepreneur Andrew Yang and Sen. Cory Booker.

It’s not uncommon to find colleagues on the campaign trail. But a true friendship between two competitors vying for the same presidential nomination?

That is a much rarer thing indeed.

It was reflected in the recent Democratic presidential debate, where Yang made the stage but Booker did not.

During the course of the debate, Yang announced that he “missed Cory” and then he made a prediction: “I think Cory will be back.”

Yang and Booker’s friendship also manifests everywhere from the trail, to the friends’ Twitter feeds.

Make no mistake: neither of these men are playing around. The Democratic presidential nomination is too valuable a prize to not go all the way.

But Yang and Booker prove that very individual rivals can fight it out for a political objective, but at the literal end of the day come together in unity, good will and affection.

And there is certainly a lesson for the rest of us in there, too. If only we take heed.

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