Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) announced her exit of the presidential campaign on Thursday, March 5, following her underperformance on Super Tuesday. President Donald Trump said her decision is “three days too late.”
“Today, I’m suspending our campaign for president,” Warren made the announcement in a call with campaign staff on Thursday morning, thanking them “for everything you have poured into this campaign.”
“We didn’t reach our goal, but what we have done together—what you have done—has made a lasting difference. It’s not the scale of the difference we wanted to make, but it matters—and the changes will have ripples for years to come,” Warren said.
“What we have done—and the ideas we have launched into the world, the way we have fought this fight, the relationships we have built—will carry through, carry through for the rest of this election, and the one after that, and the one after that,” the Massachusetts senator said.
Warren’s decision comes after she had not won any early primary contests and even suffered disappointing losses on Super Tuesday when she came in third in her home state, behind both former Vice President Joe Biden and Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
In her announcement, Warren said that she “may not be in the race for president in 2020, but this fight—our fight—is not over. And our place in this fight has not ended.”
Warren did not say if she will endorse any of the other Democrats still running in the White House race. But she, a progressive senator, has repeatedly signaled that she does not believe Biden is the “best” Democrat to beat President Donald Trump.
In addition, Warren ran in the same ideological lane as Sanders, and both avoided attacking each other early on in the primary, instead pushing for their liberal proposals including “Medicare for All,” according to The Hill.
Following Warren’s withdrawal from the 2020 race, Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said on Thursday that an “element of misogyny” undermines female presidential candidates.
“I so wish that we had a woman president of the United States, and we came so close to doing that,” Pelosi said at her weekly news conference. “I do think there’s a certain element of misogyny.”
President Trump implied that if Warren dropped out the race three days sooner, she could have helped Sanders.
“Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, who was going nowhere except into Mini Mike’s head, just dropped out of the Democrat Primary … THREE DAYS TOO LATE. She cost Crazy Bernie, at least, Massachusetts, Minnesota, and Texas. Probably cost him the nomination! Came in third in Mass.,” the president wrote in a tweet on Thursday.