Senator Kamala Harris withdraws as Democratic candidate for 2020 presidential election

Tuesday - 03/12/2019 21:15
Senator Kamala Harris told her supporters this week she’d be pulling out of the race. Picture: Robyn Beck/AFPSource:AFP
Senator Kamala Harris told her supporters this week she’d be pulling out of the race. Picture: Robyn Beck/AFPSource:AFP
A major rival to US President Donald Trump has withdrawn from the race. But not before delivering a painful jab to her opponent.

Democratic presidential hopeful Senator Kamala Harris has delivered a scathing riposte to President Donald Trump after he quipped at her early exit from the race.

Mr Trump blithely responded to a tweet from Corey Lewandowski, who reported she was pulling out.

“Too bad. We will miss you Kamala,” he said on Twitter.

But Ms Harris, who has been a strident Trump critic, quickly responded with a jab of her own.

“Don’t worry, Mr President. I’ll see you at your trial,” she said, in an apparent reference to an ongoing impeachment inquiry into the President’s dealing with the Ukraine.
 

 

Ms Harris plunged in the polls amid internal strife in her campaign, dropped out of the 2020 presidential election on Tuesday after cancelling a major New York City fundraiser.

The California Democrat informed staffers of her decision in a morning phone call before tweeting out the news.

“To my supporters, it is with deep regret — but also with deep gratitude — that I am suspending my campaign today,” Ms Harris wrote on Twitter.

“But I want to be clear with you: I will keep fighting every day for what this campaign has been about. Justice for the People. All the people.”



In an email message to her supporters, Ms Harris said her campaign lacked the financial wherewithal to continue.

“I’m not a billionaire. I can’t fund my own campaign. And as the campaign has gone on, it’s become harder and harder to raise the money we need to compete,” she wrote. “In good faith, I can’t tell you, my supporters and volunteers, that I have a path forward if I don’t believe I do.”

Her campaign was being dragged down by stagnant fundraising efforts — contribution levels that barely budged over the year — and allegations that her political operation lacked discipline and strategy.

The disarray inside Ms Harris’ campaign was laid excruciatingly bare in a resignation letter from Kelly Mehlenbacher, the outgoing state operations director, who complained that staffers were being treated appallingly and top officials provided little direction on policy and lacked a viable plan to win the election.
 

Another one bits the dust. Picture: Leon Neal/Getty Images
Another one bits the dust. Picture: Leon Neal/Getty ImagesSource:Getty Images

 

“This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organisation treat its staff so poorly,” Ms Mehlenbacher wrote in the November 11 letter obtained by the New York Times.

Ms Mehlenbacher, who landed with former Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s 2020 campaign, said the final straw came when dozens of aides at Ms Harris’ Baltimore headquarters were laid off.

“It is unacceptable that we would lay off anyone that we hired only weeks earlier. It is unacceptable that with less than 90 days until Iowa we still do not have a real plan to win,” she wrote.

The 55-year-old, who was recently overtaken in the polls by Bloomberg, also cancelled a high-profile fundraiser scheduled for Tuesday at a law firm in New York City, CNBC reported.

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