Bill de Blasio was still running for president, but now he’s not

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced on Friday that he was ending his 2020 presidential bid—and everyone quickly was reminded he had been still running.

De Blasio said he was dropping out of the race during an appearance on Morning Joe and in an op-ed published by NBC News.

“So getting out there, being able to hear people’s concerns, address them with new ideas, has been an extraordinary experience,” the New York City mayor said on Morning Joe on Friday. “But I have to tell you, at the same time I feel like I’ve contributed all I can to this primary election and it’s clearly not my time. So I’m going to end my presidential campaign.”

In his op-ed, de Blasio said he would continue to “improve the quality of life of everyday New Yorkers” as mayor and warned that the Democratic party needs to “return to our roots as a party focused on bold solutions that speak to the concerns of working people” in order to beat President Donald Trump in 2020.

In the wake of his announcement, many people joked that they didn’t remember de Blasio was still running.

One person who did not forget de Blasio was in the race was Trump—who attacked the New York City mayor during his short presidential campaign.

“Oh no, really big political news, perhaps the biggest story in years! Part time Mayor of New York City, @BilldeBlasio, who was polling at a solid ZERO but had tremendous room for growth, has shocking dropped out of the Presidential race. NYC is devastated, he’s coming home!” Trump tweeted on Friday morning.

With de Blasio backing out of the race, there are now 19 Democrats vying for the party’s 2020 nomination.

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