White House hopeful Robert Francis “Beto” O’Rourke, whose platform included confiscating guns and apologizing for white privilege, announced Friday he is bowing out of the 2020 presidential race.
“Though it is difficult to accept, it is clear to me now that this campaign does not have the means to move forward successfully,” O’Rourke said in a statement. “My service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee. Acknowledging this now is in the best interests of those in the campaign; it is in the best interests of this party as we seek to unify around a nominee; and it is in the best interests of the country.”
It is also in the best interests of the country that O’Rourke will not be occupying the Oval Office.
O’Rourke urged his supporters to continue working toward “ending the epidemic of gun violence or dismantling structural racism or successfully confronting climate change before it is too late.” He finished by threatening a future run: “I’m confident I will see you down the road, and I look forward to that day.”