Sanders will likely address supporters Wednesday to discuss his decision.
Sanders’ success in 2020 comes after a strong bid in 2016. But he couldn’t rally enough supporters around his progressive ideas to earn necessary delegate votes in some of the more populous states.
Social media reacted to the news with a number of takes on Sanders, Biden and the Democratic Party.
Bernie Sanders is the reason I am running.— Solomon Rajput For Congress (@VoteForSolomon) April 8, 2020
He made me believe change is possible. He introduced me to Progressive values and policies.
He might be out of the race, but he inspired tens of millions of people to continue the fight.
Thank you Bernie Sanders for everything you’ve done. Medicare For All and defending healthcare as a human right is more pressing now than ever before in the midst of the worst pandemic in modern history. Despite suspending your campaign, I know you’ll keep fighting for all of us.— Eugene Gu, MD (@eugenegu) April 8, 2020
Instead of waiting until the rescheduled Democratic Convention in August, Joe Biden should announce his running mate as soon as possible.— Keith Boykin (@keithboykin) April 8, 2020
And he should pick a black woman.
If you truly supported Bernie Sanders' ideas, there's only one person you should consider voting for in November: Joe Biden— David Gardner (@byDavidGardner) April 8, 2020
Is there a candidate who has more influenced and upended our politics through a failed presidential bid (in this case, two of them) than Bernie Sanders?— Wesley (@WesleyLowery) April 8, 2020
I'm thinking Biden/Harris or Biden/Warren (if she'll take it)— Thor Benson (@thor_benson) April 8, 2020
One of the complicated things about putting the 2020 primary into context is that it isn't obvious how close it was. Biden will eventually win ~42 states and by a wide margin in the aggregate popular vote. But, there may also have been a lot of path-dependency.— Nate Silver (@NateSilver538) April 8, 2020
The Democrats under Joe Biden are now the party of left cultural elites, suburbanites and Wall Street while conning traditional voting bases into sticking with them— Saagar Enjeti (@esaagar) April 8, 2020
The right now definitively has the opportunity to embrace national populism and cement their power
this will also free surrogate Obama— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) April 8, 2020
at this point i'm too exhausted to really feel much, but it was such a foreign, astonishingly good feeling to have a candidate for a while that made me genuinely hopeful— Ashley Feinberg (@ashleyfeinberg) April 8, 2020
ok, so we've lost hope. but at least we have extremely dark humor— Elizabeth Bruenig (@ebruenig) April 8, 2020