Senator Bernie Sanders Vermont dropped out of the Democratic presidential election on Wednesday, concluding the search for the White House which began five years ago in relative obscurity but eventually appointed it as working class champion, bearer of American liberalism standards and the leader of a fake political revolution.
Mr. Sanders left the race to form a former Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. as an alleged candidate to challenge President Trump, and leave the progressive movement without a prominent voice in the 2020 race.
In a direct ambush on Wednesday morning, Mr. Sanders, who was eloquent but without his typical spark, alternately was friendly and firm, when he announced his decision. He explained that he saw Mr Biden as a 2020 party candidate, but said he would continue to vote in countries that still have preliminary elections and would continue to gather delegates – a move that would give him influence to influence the Democratic platform and continue to carry his message.
“I cannot with a conscience that continues a campaign that cannot win and that will interfere with the important work that is needed from all of us in this difficult time,” Mr. Sanders “While this campaign will end soon, our movement will not end.”
In a race that was reshaped, and defeated by an increasing coronavirus crisis, Mr. Sanders did not face a realistic path to nomination after a series of losses which slanted to Mr. Biden, starts at Southern carolina at the end of February and culminated with a series of losses last month in such important countries Michigan and Florida.
With a public health emergency that prevents both candidates from holding live campaign events, Sanders spent the last few weeks on the sidelines, delivering addresses via live broadcast and occasionally appearing on television, facing calls from fellow Democrats to get out of the race and help unite the party behind Mr. Biden Although Mr. Biden was careful not to pressure Mr. Sanders, he had begun to move forward as if the race had ended, taking steps, for example, to start his search for running mates.
When Mr. Sanders pursued the White House for the second time, he promised that he could change voters, bringing new voters under the Democratic tent, but that goal avoids it. Even Mr. Sanders has regretted that he could not produce a surge of young voters.
In the preliminary election earlier this year, he also failed to show that he had corrected the crucial weakness of his 2016 nomination: the lack of support from black voters, the Democratic Party’s important base. In condition after condition across the South – Alabama, Carolina, Mississippi, Virginia – he cannot succumb to Biden’s strong support among African-Americans.
In many ways, Mr. Sanders never overcame the general view among Democrats that he was a political outcast, a self-described democratic socialist who proudly declared himself an independent senator from Vermont rather than party members.
Mr. Sanders championed and popularized liberal policies such as “Medicare for all” and a free four-year public college aimed at lifting the American working class, but he faced opposition from many party leaders, elected officials and large donors, as well as a large number of moderate voters who saw it too far to the left.
Mr. Sanders never accepted that argument. In recent weeks, he has repeatedly said that he has won an ideological debate, insisting that a strong majority of Democrats support his progressive agenda. But during a surprise press conference in Burlington, Vt., Last month, he also admitted that he had lost his election battle with Biden, saying voters had explained that they thought the former vice president was the best candidate to defeat Mr. Trump.
He repeated the argument in his announcement on Wednesday.
“Focusing on a new vision for America is about what our campaign is and what we have actually achieved,” he said. “Only a few will deny that over the past five years our movement has won an ideological struggle.”
His departure from the race was a striking turnaround for a candidate who less than two months ago was a clear front runner, having finished in the tie for the first time in Iowa and win New Hampshire and Nevada. And for someone who is reluctant to admit defeat, it is a concession that he sees no way to overcome Biden, and that he might have more influence on his liberal policy agenda if he gives up the race and joins his rivals.
His departure was also in stark contrast to his offer in 2016, when he remained in an increasingly fierce race against Hillary Clinton even after it became clear that he would be his eventual candidate.
For months, Mr. Sanders has vowed to do everything he can to defeat Mr. Trump was in November, and his departure, though not as he had imagined, was tantamount to a confession that continued the battle against Mr. Biden will obstruct the type of unity party needed for the election battle going forward. Mr Sanders has repeatedly said he would support the former vice president if he was a candidate.
Shortly after Mr. Sanders spoke, Biden issued a statement acknowledging the contribution of his rival and thanking him for putting “the interests of the nation – and the need to defeat Donald Trump – above all else.”
He also gestured to Mr. Sanders and his loyal base of liberal supporters, by saying, “But we also want you to know: I will reach you. You will be heard by me. As you say: Not me, us.”
Mr. Sanders, 78, left the campaign after almost alone moving the Democratic Party to the left. He inspired the modern progressive movement with his broad policy agenda and his fiery message that “health care is a human right,” and mobilized a group of loyal supporters who wholeheartedly embraced his promise to lift those who need it most. He also changed the way the Democratic campaign raised money, avoided large fundraising rather than relying on a small dollar donor force.
But Mr Sanders stirred deep anxiety among party leaders, and when he got to the top of the field in February, the established Democratic party hurried to get in his way, convinced that his vast proposal would alienate a large swath of voters and make it an easy target for Mr. Trump.
A moderate candidate in the race who cannot overcome Biden exits and supports the former vice president before Super Tuesday, on March 3, helping him sweeping 10 out of 14 countries on the day of the biggest major vote. It caused a new wave of support and extraordinary incorporation around Mr. Biden who cannot be matched by Mr. Sanders on the left.
And while Mr Sanders appeared on the political scene in 2015 as a rebel populist, he no longer benefited from being the only alternative to an establishment he could not defend. He also faced a formidable rival in Biden, who competed for white working class voters, a critical slice of Mr Sanders’ constituency.
Even before Mr. Sanders was announced in February 2019 that he was running again, there were indications that his campaign would not be smooth. The media consulting team suddenly stopped after a dispute with him and his wife, Jane, over an advertisement announcement. Through the spring, he largely sticks to his familiar message, fighting with established troops rather than direct opponents. Amid a fall in the fall polls, he did suffered a heart attack while campaigning in Las Vegas, a shocking event that threatened to cancel its efforts.
The health crisis even prompted some of his allies to call him out and support his ideological ally, Senator Elizabeth Warren from Massachusetts.
But in a series of extraordinary events – when he stood on the debate stage just two weeks after his heart attack – he received endorsement Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez from New York, one of the most visible liberal congress women and a left star. It helped jump-start his candidacy as seen in danger of collapse.
Ratification helped carry it through late fall and early winter, instilling its campaign with momentum and elevating it in the polls of the early critical states, including Iowa. He again began to attract large crowds at demonstrations across the country, sometimes with Ms. Ocasio-Cortez by his side.
In turn, he seemed to collide with Ms. Warren, and never more than in January, when he accused her of telling him in a private conversation in 2018 that a woman could not win the presidency. Mr. Sanders denies that he said that, and the accusations faded from the race when he violated Mr. Biden
For several weeks, Mr. Sanders jumped. In Iowa, he finished with a virtual tie for the first time with Pete Buttigieg, former mayor of South Bend, Ind., who at the age of 38, was less than half his age. He then beat Mr. Buttigieg in New Hampshire, before dominating the field less than two weeks later at Nevada caucus.
Suddenly there was talk that Mr. Sanders will escape by nomination. But lost it in Southern carolina Biden, who has emerged as the leading moderate in the race, brings his momentum to sudden termination, raising significant questions about its weaknesses with black voters and its main failure to expand its base.
Three days later, when the Democrats were rushing to support Biden, Sanders lost all the Southern states that voted Super Tuesday and countries like Massachusetts and Minnesota which he hoped would win.
Mr. Sanders quickly canceled planned demonstrations in Mississippi and mobilized resources to Michigan, a tacit acknowledgment that the Midwestern state had become something that had to be won in order to keep his candidacy alive.
At that time, the corona virus disturbed the rest of the political calendar, forcing it declared to postpone their primaries until June. Mr. Sanders has spent a lot of time at his home in Burlington without his chief adviser, assessing the future of his campaign. Some people close to him speculated that he might keep racing to continue to gather delegates as an influence on Biden.
But in the days leading up to his retirement from the race, some of Mr. closest advisers Sanders began to map out financial and political considerations for him and what scenarios would give him the maximum amount of leverage for his policy proposal, and some concluded that it would be more beneficial for him to postpone his campaign.