Celebrities and Social Media React to Elizabeth Warren Dropping Out of the Presidential Race

Elizabeth Warren officially suspended her presidential campaign and dropped out of the race to be the Democratic nominee on Thursday, according to The New York Times.

The move comes after a less-than-stellar Super Tuesday outing, which included a third-place finish in her own state of Massachusetts. The senator held out longer than many of her opponents; the former mayor of South Bend, Indiana, Pete Buttigieg, and Minnesota Sen. Amy Klobuchar both dropped out just ahead of Super Tuesday. Warren leaves a day after Mike Bloomberg left the race following an abysmal Super Tuesday of his own.

In a statement, Warren acknowledged the disappointment of having to drop out, but she also made sure to keep a positive outlook.

Elizabeth Warren
Elizabeth Warren announced on Tuesday that she was ending her 2020 presidential campaign. Scott Olson/Getty Images

"I know that when we set out, this was not what you ever wanted to hear. It is not the call I ever wanted to make. But I refuse to let disappointment blind me—or you—to what we've accomplished," the Massachusetts senator said. "We didn't reach our goal, but what we have done together—what you have done—has made a lasting difference. It's not the scale of the difference we wanted to make, but it matters—and the changes will have ripples for years to come."

As with every candidate that has exited the race thus far, President Donald Trump was quick to respond to Warren's decision, once again calling her "Pocahontas" and suggesting that her departure was "three days too late."

Elizabeth “Pocahontas” Warren, who was going nowhere except into Mini Mike’s head, just dropped out of the Democrat Primary...THREE DAYS TOO LATE. She cost Crazy Bernie, at least, Massachusetts, Minnesota and Texas. Probably cost him the nomination! Came in third in Mass.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 5, 2020

There were many other public figures on social media, though, who were supportive of Warren. Author Chuck Wending commented on Warren's potential as a president.

Elizabeth Warren would’ve been a helluva president.

— Chuck Wendig (@ChuckWendig) March 5, 2020

Musician Mikel Jollett was also convinced of Warren's ability to be president and tweeted that he was sad to see her campaign come to an end.

I truly admire Elizabeth Warren and I will never be convinced that she wouldn’t have made the best President.

It just makes me sad for this country.

— Mikel Jollett (@Mikel_Jollett) March 5, 2020

Former candidate Andrew Yang had only kind words for the senator. He called her an "amazing leader" and encouraged her to continue fighting to help people.

Elizabeth Warren is an amazing leader. Always gracious, warm, brilliant and genuine. Everyone knows you were in the race to make things better for everyday people. You will continue to fight because it is who you are. pic.twitter.com/GkHiiIM4Hb

— Andrew Yang🧢🇺🇸 (@AndrewYang) March 5, 2020

Comedian Mike Birbiglia called Warren a true role model, expressing that any negativity that surrounded her did not represent her character.

So much respect for Elizabeth Warren. When you discard the trashy gossip her opponents try to pin on her, she's an incredibly inspirational person. A true role model. https://t.co/CFtHKcmnSv

— Mike Birbiglia (@birbigs) March 5, 2020

#ThankYouElizabeth began trending shortly after the senator's announcement. The outpouring of support for Warren has been considerably larger than that for Buttigieg and Klobuchar, following their respective exits.

Author Sarah Kendzior suggested that the remaining candidates use Warren's plans, commenting on the issues that she felt Warren had a strong grasp on.

She's got a plan for that. On some issues, she is the *only* one with a plan for that. Her plans are still there -- use them! She's the one who grasps the depth of the crisis. She was -- by far -- the best.#ThankYouElizabeth

— Sarah Kendzior (@sarahkendzior) March 5, 2020

Warren did not immediately endorse another candidate on Thursday. At this point, the Democratic primary has effectively become a two-horse race between Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden.


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