Universal Basic Income advocate and failed Democrat presidential candidate Andrew Yang announced on Monday he is officially “breaking up” with the Democrat Party.

Yang, who has struggled to gain popularity as a nuanced Democrat candidate for both president and mayor of New York City, penned a statement explaining his decision which he says is not because of any single event, rather it is because he believes he “can reach people who are outside the [two-party] system more effectively.”

“I feel more . . . independent,” Yang wrote.

After lamenting the “system,” and criticizing party division, Yang got to the root of why he’s leaving.

“Also, on a personal level, I’ll admit there has always been something of an odd fit between me and the Democratic Party,” he continued. “I’m not very ideological.  I’m practical.  Making partisan arguments – particularly expressing what I often see as performative sentiment – is sometimes uncomfortable for me.  I often think, ‘Okay, what can we actually do to solve the problem?’  I’m pretty sure there are others who feel the same way I do.”

“I’ve seen politicians publicly eviscerate each other and then act collegial or friendly backstage a few minutes later,” Yang admitted. “A lot of it is theatre.”

His disillusionment with the two-party system is understandable considering how far Left the Democrats have gone and the division that’s taken root between the Right and Left. It has become nearly impossible to have a differing opinion on either side or else face consequences.

However, Yang decided to leave the Democrat Party during a curious time when Independents are being heavily polled and closely watched to determine how they might vote in the upcoming midterm elections. He may see opportunity there.

Yang ended his statement telling supporters to stay tuned for what’s next, although he did not commit to another bid for political office.

“I’ve got to say it feels really good to be building my own team.   This is where I’m most at home.  Recently, in an interview, I commented that I wasn’t particularly driven by a desire to hold office.  I’m working for impact,” said Yang. “Breaking up with the Democratic Party feels like the right thing to do because I believe I can have a greater impact this way.  Am I right?  Let’s find out.  Together.”