Pete Buttigieg receives an outpouring of support after suspending his 2020 campaign

Former Mayor Pete Buttigieg received an outpouring of support on Twitter — from former political rivals to celebrity supporters — after announcing on Sunday night that he was suspending his 2020 campaign

Buttigieg leaves the race after an unexpectedly strong bid that included winning the Iowa caucuses and coming in second in the New Hampshire primary. 

—Pete Buttigieg (@PeteButtigieg) March 2, 2020

He confirmed his departure from the race in a speech on Sunday night in his hometown of South Bend, Indiana.

“By every conventional wisdom, by every historical measure, we were never supposed to get anywhere at all,” he said. “Along that way, an improbable hope became an undeniable reality.” 

Buttigieg touted his win at the Iowa Caucus as a major milestone in his campaign. 

“It proved that Americans are really hungry for a new kind of politics,” he said. “We found countless Americans ready to support a middle-class, millennial president from the industrial Midwest.”

“I will no longer seek to be the 2020 Democratic nominee for president, but I will do everything in my power to ensure that we have a new, Democratic president come January,” he said. 

Following the announcement, dozens of people took to Twitter to praise Buttigieg’s campaign for making history: 

2020 challenger and former Vice President Joe Biden called Buttigieg’s campaign “historic” and “trail-blazing.”

“This is just the beginning of his time on the national stage,” Biden wrote on Twitter.

—Joe Biden (Text Join to 30330) (@JoeBiden) March 2, 2020

Sen. Elizabeth Warren, who sparred with Buttigieg on the debate stage, wrote on Twitter that Buttigieg would “continue giving back and serving our country for many years to come.”

—Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) March 1, 2020

Sen. Amy Klobuchar, another Democratic challenger, said Buttigieg ran “an inspiring and historic campaign.”

—Amy Klobuchar (@amyklobuchar) March 2, 2020

Former New York Mayor and 2020 Democrat Mike Bloomberg said Buttigieg’s campaign “inspired audiences and made history.”

“Our party is stronger and our nation is better because of his run,” Bloomberg said on Twitter.

—Mike Bloomberg (@MikeBloomberg) March 2, 2020

Sen. Bernie Sanders, who won the Nevada Democratic caucuses, urged Buttigieg’s supporters to join his campaign.

—Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) March 2, 2020

Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, praised Buttigieg’s campaign as “transformational.”

—Carla Marinucci (@cmarinucci) March 2, 2020

Singer and actress Mandy Moore said she would be “#teampeteforever.”

—Mandy Moore (@TheMandyMoore) March 2, 2020

Actress Sharon Stone said she was “proud” to have worked for Buttigieg’s campaign.

—Sharon Stone (@sharonstone) March 2, 2020

President Donald Trump also reacted to Buttigieg’s departure on Twitter, taking the announcement as an opportunity to slam his political rivals.

“Pete Buttigieg is OUT,” Trump wrote on Twitter. “All of his SuperTuesday votes will go to Sleepy Joe Biden. Great timing.” 

“This is the REAL beginning of the Dems taking Bernie out of play – NO NOMINATION, AGAIN!” he added.

—Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) March 1, 2020

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