NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has dropped out of the 2020 presidential race.
He made the announcement to end his campaign in an interview on “Morning Joe” on MSNBC Friday morning.
De Blasio launched his bid for the nomination four months ago in May.
The quixotic longshot attempt never gained much ground as national polls largely showed him with no greater than one percent support.
President Donald Trump mocked de Blasio's decision on Twitter, writing, "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 dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!"
De Blasio released a statement on NBC News in which he said, "After several months of campaigning, I have reached the point where I feel I have contributed all I can to this Democratic primary. Today, I’m ending my campaign for the presidency."
He added, "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. 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."
His constituents opposed his bid as well, with 76 percent of New York City voters saying he shouldn't run in an April Quinnipiac poll.
De Blasio qualified for the first two rounds of Democratic debates, but failed to qualify for the September debate and seemed unlikly to qualify for the upcoming October debate.
He started his campaign at the Statue of Liberty where he said the nation was having an "identity crisis'' around immigration, which he called "the founding and unifying element of the American experience.''
He tried to focus on the issue of income inequality, releasing a video which said, "There's plenty of money in this world. There's plenty of money in this country. It's just in the wrong hands."
Fellow Democratic contender Andrew Yang tweeted kind words for de Blasio, writing, "I had the chance to spend a bit of time with Bill DeBlasio and his family on the trail. He has done a lot for New Yorkers, particularly making universal pre-k available for young kids. I’m sure he will do a lot more good in the days ahead."