After a series of crippling primary defeats, the popular Vermont Senator finally conceded the race to his Democratic opponent, leaving Americans with just two choices for President come November: Joe Biden or Donald Trump.
"I have concluded that this battle for the Democratic nomination will not be successful, and so today I am announcing the suspension of my campaign," he told supporters during a livestream, admitting the decision was "difficult and painful."
Today I am suspending my campaign. But while the campaign ends, the struggle for justice continues on. https://t.co/MYc7kt2b16
He accepted that his 300 delegate deficit made the path to victory "virtually impossible"; however he said the nominee-elect was "a very decent man who I will work with to move our progressive ideas forward."
Twitter lit-up with reaction from his supporters to the announcement, divided mainly into three groups: Dismay at the decision; gratitude for everything he has done; and worry that Biden will not be able to defeat the incumbent.
See some of the reactions below:
I know Bernie well. He's a good man, a great leader, and one of the most powerful voices for change in our country. And it's hard to sum up his contributions to our politics in one, single tweet. So I won't try to. https://t.co/Z6OkCDWFNm
And to Bernie's supporters: I know that I need to earn your votes. And I know that might take time. But I want you to know that I see you, I hear you, and I understand the urgency of this moment. I hope you'll join us. You're more than welcome: You're needed.
Thank you @BernieSanders, for fighting so relentlessly for America's working families during this campaign. Your fight for progressive ideas moved the conversation and charted a path for candidates and activists that will change the course of our country and party.
.@BernieSanders is an extraordinary leader. From health care to climate change, his campaign drove the conversation around what's in the best interests of working families. We must continue that spirit and ethos as we work to unite the party to defeat Trump.
I've admired @BernieSanders' courage for 20 years and loved getting to know him this last year on the trail. He and his supporters are a tremendous force, and I'm looking forward to teaming up to end the Trump presidency and open the door to a better American era.
.@BernieSanders &Jane are good friends of ours. Bernie &I came into the Senate together &in the words of Paul Wellstone, he's always fought tirelessly to improve peoples' lives. His decision to end his campaign is a decision to unite our party &shows he is a true public servant.
Deepest gratitude, Bernie. You articulated a vision for a much better America & we'll keep working to make it happen. For those who've supported you, it will take a few days to process this. But we'll rise up with passion & renewed dedication, always with your name on our hearts.
.@BernieSanders, You've forever changed the party & made us reflect upon all the ways we need to do more & be better. Your efforts will be reflected in every advocate and activist for generations to come and will inspire policy that will make the world a better place. Thank you.
Wow. I'm heartbroken about Bernie. In all this darkness, he made me believe that people, together, could be the light. He continues to be an inspiration. And he'll never stop fighting for us. Thank you, Bernie. For me, you're right up there w Mr. Rogers.💔♥️
Thank you for fighting for everyone Senator Sanders 🏳️🌈💗 @BernieSanders To all of his supporters, thank you for caring & fighting and I know how hard this day is for you. I hope we can all come together & defeat Trump.
Bernie Sanders is OUT! Thank you to Elizabeth Warren. If not for her, Bernie would have won almost every state on Super Tuesday! This ended just like the Democrats & the DNC wanted, same as the Crooked Hillary fiasco. The Bernie people should come to the Republican Party, TRADE!