Bill de Blasio officially dropped out of the 2020 presidential race on Friday after the New York City mayor failed to make any real mark in the crowded Democratic primary battle for the nomination, CNN reports.
“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time,” de Blasio conceded on MSNBC’s Morning Joe. “So I’m going to end my presidential campaign, continue my work as mayor of New York City, and I’m going to keep speaking up for working people and for a Democratic Party that stands for working people.”
Although his race has been run, de Blasio continued to push his campaign message of being for the “working people.”
“Whoever our nominee is, let’s make sure we’re speaking to the hearts of working people and they know we’re on their side. And if we do that, we’re going to win. If we don’t, this is an election that could go the other way,” he said.
President Donald Trump gleefully celebrated de Blasio’s exit, slamming de Blasio as a “part time Mayor.”
“NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!,” he wrote on Twitter.
The 58-year-old mayor, who did not manage to qualify for the third Democratic debate earlier this month, did not make much Poll well during his candidacy.
Though, to be fair, his poll rating is the same as Julián Castro and Beto O’Rourke, both of whom have held their own during the Democratic debates and managed to maintain sufficient support.
Currently, former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) hold the top rankings in the polls at 31% and 25% respectively. Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), Southbend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg and Sen. Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) round out the top five with 14%, 7% and 5% respectively.