Trump Responds As Another Dem Drops From 2020 Race

Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan announced on Thursday that he is dropping from the 2020 presidential race.

Ryan has failed to gain much traction in the crowded Democratic field, something President Trump highlighted early on Friday morning when he tweeted about Ryan’s decision.

“So Congressman Tim Ryan of Ohio has finally dropped out of the race for President, registering ZERO in the polls & unable to even qualify for the debate stage,” Trump said in a pair of posts. “See Tim, it’s not so easy out there if you don’t know what you’re doing. He wasn’t effective for USA workers, just talk!”

“Another big drop out of the Presidential race was, along with 0% Tim Ryan, 0% @RepSwalwell,” the president added. “Such talk and bravado from both, and nothing to show. They stood for nothing, and the voters couldn’t stand by them. Obnoxious and greedy politicians never make it in the end!”

When Ryan announced his decision to drop from the presidential election on Thursday, he said he would run for re-election for his congressional seat.

“I’m announcing today that I am withdrawing from the Presidential campaign,” Ryan said in a tweet, which included a 2-minute video explaining his decision. “I got into this race in April to really give voice to the forgotten people of our country. I look forward to continuing that fight.”

“Thank you, to everyone who supported this campaign,” he added in the tweet, before saying in the video: “I’ll be returning home to my family and friends and community in Ohio to run for reelection for my congressional seat.”

“I wanted to give voice to the forgotten communities that have been left behind by globalization and automation. And I’m proud of this campaign, because I believe we’ve done that,” Ryan continued in the video. “We’ve given voice to the forgotten communities and the forgotten people in the United States.”

The Hill reports that the deadline for Ryan and other primary candidates for the congressional seat in Ohio is December 16.

The Hill adds:

Ryan is the third sitting representative to drop out of the race, following Reps. Eric Swalwell (D-Calif.) and Seth Moulton (D-Mass.). The only remaining sitting House member in the crowded field is Rep. Tulsi Gabbard (D-Hawaii).

Ryan, a nine-term congressman, announced his presidential campaign in April, positioning himself as a moderate voice equipped to speak to concerns by working-class voters in regions of the country that voted for President Trump after twice supporting former President Obama.

He failed to gain much support, however, with his campaign reporting he raised $425,731 between July and September, far behind both the rest of the field and the $895,000 he raised in the second quarter of 2019. The RealClearPolitics polling average indicated his support in the primaries hovering around 0.6 percent.