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Trump mocks Gillibrand after exit: ‘She was the one I was really afraid of!’

President Trump mocked Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) less than an hour after she dropped out of the Democratic presidential primary race. 

“A sad day for the Democrats, Kirsten Gillibrand has dropped out of the Presidential Primary. I’m glad they never found out that she was the one I was really afraid of!,” Trump tweeted Wednesday.

Trump’s remarks came shortly after Gillibrand announced she was ending her campaign, leaving the field with 20 candidates.{mosads}

Gillibrand’s decision also came hours before the deadline to qualify for the September primary debate. The New York Democrat had not met the criteria to appear on next month’s debate stage.

“I know this isn’t the result we wanted. We wanted to win this race,” Gillibrand said in a video posted to Twitter. “But it’s important to know when it’s not your time and to know how you can best serve your community and country. I believe I can best serve by helping to unite us to beat Donald Trump in 2020.

Gillibrand, who has long advocated for victims of sexual assault, faced backlash over her past calls for former Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) to resign amid allegations of sexual misconduct. The New York senator similarly took on Trump, calling for his resignation over allegations of sexual assault. 

Gillibrand, who centered her campaign on promoting policies she said would benefit women, ultimately failed to gain traction in the crowded field of 2020 contenders. She struggled during her campaign to poll consistently above 1 percent in most national and statewide surveys.

Some polls, meanwhile, have shown the primary race’s front-runners — former Vice President Joe Biden and Sens. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) — beating Trump in hypothetical 2020 match-ups.

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