Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders is reportedly ending his Facebook ad campaigns after 2020 rival, former Vice President Joe Biden, solidified his delegate lead on Tuesday, sweeping all three primaries as the coronavirus pandemic scrambled the nominating process for the foreseeable future.
The Facebook development prompted a social media frenzy, and several reporters tweeted Sanders had decided to suspend his campaign.
But Mike Casca, Sanders’ campaign communications director, dispelled the rumors as “absolutely false” on social media.
Here’s what it means-
A reliable indicator of a campaign dropping out of a race is when they pause digital advertising on sites like Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.
Bloomberg and Buttigieg both paused their Facebook ad campaigns hours before they suspended their campaigns.
According to a note from Faiz Shakir, the Sanders’ campaign manager earlier in the day, the socialist senator and his wife, Jane, are headed back to Vermont to “begin holding conversations with supporters to get input and assess the path forward for our campaign.”
“The next primary contest is at least three weeks ago,” Shakir said in a statement.
“Sen. Sanders is going to be having conversations with supporters to assess his campaign. In the immediate term, however, he is focused on the government response to the coronavirus outbreak and ensuring that we take care of working people and the most vulnerable.”
Sanders’ wavering comes as the coronavirus crisis has forced the delay of primaries in several states, making it even less likely for Sanders to mount a comeback.
The Vermont senator’s campaign also pulled most of his Google ads Wednesday, according to data.
The big question is if the Bernie Bros will support Biden or not.
Rich is syndicated opinion columnist for David Harris Jr., The Range, Illicit Info and other online publications. “Raised under Reagan, suffered under Clinton”