Trump mocks O'Rourke after Democrat drops out of race

President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says US has coronavirus 'totally under control' Senate Republicans muscle through rules for Trump trial Collins breaks with GOP on attempt to change impeachment rules resolution MORE mocked Beto O’Rourke in a tweet Friday shortly after news broke he would drop out of the Democratic presidential primary race.

“Oh no, Beto just dropped out of race for President despite him saying he was “born for this.” I don’t think so!” Trump tweeted, poking fun at a remark O’Rourke made to Vanity Fair shortly before announcing his candidacy.


O’Rourke, a former Democratic congressman from Texas, announced Friday afternoon that he would end his presidential bid, writing in a post on the website Medium that his campaign “does not have the means to move forward successfully.”

O’Rourke’s announcement came minutes after Trump departed the White House for a campaign rally in Tupelo, Miss.

O'Rourke was featured on the March cover of Vanity Fair with the quote about his presidential run: "I want to be in it. Man, I'm just born to be in it."

Trump has mocked other Democrats who have withdrawn from the race, including most recently Rep. Tim RyanTimothy (Tim) RyanOffice of Technology Assessment: It's time for a second coming Key moments in the 2020 Democratic presidential race so far GM among partners planning .3B battery plant in Ohio MORE (D-Ohio), who ended his bid last week.

Trump has taken aim at O’Rourke on Twitter and during his rallies, criticizing his stances on gun control and religious liberty.

Trump hammered O’Rourke during a campaign rally last month, calling him a “dumb” candidate for saying he would revoke tax-exempt status for churches and religious charities.

Trump has also criticized the Democrat for proposing a mandatory buyback of assault weapons and saying during one debate that he would “take your AR-15, your AK-47.”

O’Rourke’s withdrawal from the race comes ahead of the November primary debate in which he had not qualified.