New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio drops out of 2020 presidential race

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced that he was ending his candidacy for president.

During a September 20 interview on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, de Blasio said he was dropping out of the 2020 presidential race, noting that he would continue to speak up for working people.

“I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time, so I’m going to end my presidential campaign and continue my work as mayor of New York City and I’m going to continue to speak up for working people,” de Blasio said on the show. In an opinion piece on NBC News, de Blasio called his time on the campaign trail “a profound experience,” by seeing and traveling to different states in the US.

“This campaign has been a profound experience for me. I saw America in full — not as it appears on Twitter and cable news, where we’re constantly shown a country hamstrung by our differences and unable to tackle the problems we face,” de Blasio wrote. “We have more in common than we realize — and more and more of us across the country are overcoming our divisions and standing up for working people.”

De Blasio was one of three mayors to enter the 2020 presidential race in May. Although his campaign is over, he said he would continue to support New Yorkers and implement policies like universal health care and a Green New Deal.

“I’m going to redouble my efforts to improve the quality of life of everyday New Yorkers, proving that policies like guaranteed paid personal time off can work on a grand scale. I’m going to continue implementing universal health care and a Green New Deal in the nation’s largest city,” de Blasio stated.

“And I promise I’ll fight for New Yorkers and workers everywhere to ensure there’s an actual plan to protect their livelihoods from being automated out of existence.”

The New York City mayor also noted in the op-ed that he would ensure the Democratic party “continues to be remade in the image of the activism I’ve seen all across this nation.”

“Democrats must return to our roots as a party focused on bold solutions that speak to the concerns of working people,” de Blasio wrote. “If we do not, we will lose in 2020. Yes, Donald Trump lies to working people, but he at least pretends to talk to them. That may be enough for him to win, if we do not constantly make it clear that the Democrats are the party of everyday Americans in rural counties and urban centers, the coasts and the heartland,” he continued.

Since he launched his campaign, de Blasio has taken aim at President Donald Trump, calling him a “bully” in his campaign video. The New York City mayor also used to refer to the president as “Don the Con.”

“I’m a New Yorker, I’ve known that Trump is a bully for a long time. This is not news to me or anyone else here and I know how to take him on. Don’t back down in the face of a bully, confront him, take him on,” he previously said in his campaign video. “As president, I will take on the wealthy, I will take on the big corporations. I will not rest until this government serves working people.”

“Donald Trump must be stopped. I have done it before and I will do it again,” he continued.

Moments after de Blasio announced he was ending his presidential campaign, Trump took to Twitter to mock the mayor.

“Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years! Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking [sic] dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!” Trump wrote.

Other presidential candidates like Senator Elizabeth Warren thanked de Blasio for focusing on the working class during his campaign. “Thank you @BilldeBlasio for making working families the center of your campaign. This is our moment to fight for an America that works for all of us — not just the people at the top. Let's keep fighting,” Warren wrote on Twitter on September 21.

In August, New York Senator Kristen Gillibrand announced that she was dropping her 2020 presidential campaign after she was unable to qualify for the next debate and did not gain enough support, The New York Times previously reported. There are currently 17 Democratic candidates running for president.

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Maria Perez is a breaking news writer for The North Star. She has an M.A. in Urban Reporting from the CUNY Graduate School of Journalism. She has been published in various venues, including Newsweek, Juvenile Justice Information Exchange, City Limits, and local newspapers like The Wave and The Home Reporter.