Michael Bloomberg has ended his presidential campaign.
It was the only sensible thing to do after his horrible showing on Super Tuesday.
He is now backing Joe Biden.
The Associated Press reports:
Ending campaign, Bloomberg says defeating Trump his priority
In just over 100 days, Mike Bloomberg spent over $500 million of his own fortune in a quixotic bid for the presidency that collapsed in stunning fashion on Super Tuesday, when he won just one U.S. territory, American Samoa.
By Wednesday morning, he quit the race and endorsed former Vice President Joe Biden, saying his continued presence in the rapidly shrinking field would make it harder for the party to defeat President Donald Trump in November, his ultimate priority. The businessman, worth an estimated $61 billion, pledged to keep spending to defeat Trump.
“I entered the race for president to defeat Donald Trump, and today, I am leaving the race for the same reason: to defeat Donald Trump,” he said at a rally of staff and supporters at a Manhattan hotel.
In a rare show of emotion, the stoic mayor became tearful when closing his speech, saying he was “amazed at how many people have stood with me shoulder to shoulder.”
The farewell rally was an otherwise unusually buoyant event for a departing candidate, with staffers cheering and waving American flags. It was also in some ways reflective of the campaign he ran: one fueled by unlimited funds, high production value but little organic support.
Bloomberg got some ridicule on Twitter:
— David A. Clarke, Jr. (@SheriffClarke) March 5, 2020
I think we all owe Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) a big thanks for pissing away $700 million instead of investing into the DNC nominee. And a congratulations for the YUGEEE win in American Samoa! pic.twitter.com/AmnbXGBdxZ
— MAGA MAN NYC (@Kpags1) March 5, 2020
— Jason Hernandez (@RedDeadDisaster) March 5, 2020
This is how much money Michael Bloomberg and Tom Steyer spent for their failed presidential campaigns. pic.twitter.com/RrENNv1hsp
— MediaResearchCenter (@theMRC) March 4, 2020
What a waste of time and money.