As if the 2020 Democratic presidential race wasn’t crowded enough, another candidate may be just around the corner as Rev. Al Sharpton said he was not yet closing the door on entering the race.
“I never rule anything out,” he reportedly said via PJ Media, though noting he was actively exploring a bid.
BuzzFeed News reports:
Sharpton, 63, who has more than once run for US Senate and also for mayor of New York City, has said privately that he was partially committed to a scale down his public profile to focus on other projects, including a monument to the civil rights activism of the north with a focus on New York City as the cradle of that movement. But Trump’s election, Sharpton has said, reinvigorated him and strengthened his resolve to modulate his personal aspirations; this year he has both celebrated his 50th year of civil rights activism and is trying to engineer a fight against the nomination of Judge Brett Kavanaugh to the US Supreme Court.
A spokesperson for Sharpton said his organization, National Action Network, is focused on galvanizing voters to turn out for the midterm elections. The spokesperson also said that Sharpton has been pushing the issue of voter protection and is preaching Sunday in observation of the anniversary of the violent “Unite the Right” rally promoting white supremacy in Charlottesville, Virginia.
Sharpton keynoted a Sunday afternoon rally calling for the arrest of Michael Drejka in the shooting death of Markeis McGlockton, an unarmed father of three. He and other protesters, civil rights activists, and the major Democratic candidates in Florida’s governor’s primary also called for a repeal of the “stand your ground” self-defense law used to justify the killing of McGlockton and Trayvon Martin in 2012.
He was met with loud approval when said he wasn’t afraid of Trump, leading the charge at a spirited Clearwater church service that laid a nationwide increase in hate crimes, acts of violence against black Americans, and a rise of white supremacist fervor in American politics at the feet of the Trump White House.
Democrats already have more than 20 candidates seeking their party’s nomination to take on President Trump, though many of the candidates are polling at or less than 1 percent.
FiveThirtyEight reports former Vice President Joe Biden (28.4 percent) still leads the pack with Bernie Sanders (17.1 percent) taking the second-place spot. Senator Elizabeth Warren (14.6 percent) rounds out the top-three with Senator Kamala Harris (7.9 percent) a distant fourth place.