On Tuesday afternoon, Senator Kamala D. Harris (D-California) tweeted that she was suspending her presidential campaign. Even the President, from London, took to tweeting about her decision to exit the race saying, likely sarcastically, that she will be missed. Senator Harris replied, tweeting “see you at your trial,” referring to the possibility of the Senate trying President Trump’s impeachment.
The former prosecutor’s decision to exit the race comes less than a week after an aide took to the media about resigning from the California democrat’s campaign. “This is my third presidential campaign and I have never seen an organization treat its staff so poorly,” wrote state operations director Kelly Mehlenbacher in the Nov. 11 letter, published by the New York Times on November 29th. In addition, rumors of campaign infighting surround Senator Harris’ bid for president: in as early as November, after widespread layoffs were announced, many of her own advisers criticized Senator Harris’ strategies in interviews.
Senator Harris ended her campaign before the next Democratic debate, scheduled for December 19 in her home state of California. She had already qualified for the debate stage, but in an email to supporters, she cited shrinking campaign finances as the reason for dropping out. In the letter, she stated: “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…” Her tweet to withdraw came just hours after the news that billionaire Michael Bloomberg, funded with $100 million of his own cash, outranked Harris in a Hill-HarrisX poll. Michael Bloomberg joined the 2020 presidential race on November 24th, slightly over a week ago.