BTS Fans Can Never Listen to 'Outro: Tear' the Same Way Again After Finding Out Why the Group Wrote It

We all knew BTS’s new docu-series Break the Silence was intense, but the most recent episode took the emotions up a notch. The sixth episode of Break the Silence is titled “Now and Tomorrow,” and it shows BTS during their tour stops in London, Paris, and Osaka from their Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour in 2019. In the episode, the members of BTS discussed their friendship, their dedication to the group, and Suga revealed the meaning behind the group’s song “Outro: Tear.”

The members of BTS discussed disbanding

After filming an episode of Run BTS! in London, the group sat down to share a meal together. They talked about how 2019 was mentally a better year for them than 2018, the Love Yourself: Speak Yourself tour, and how close they have become over the years. The group then got on the topic of disbanding and openly discussed it.

“If there comes a time when I can no longer physically perform, like Namjoon said, the first thing I’d think is ‘I have no regrets,’” Jin told the members.

“When the time comes for us to agree to let this go… When that happens I don’t think I’ll have any regrets,” J-Hope said. “As long as it’s not a crash but a landing, there would be no regrets.”

Jimin added, “Like you guys always say, there will come a point when we’ll have to let it go. But I’m not sure if I’d be able to admit it when the time comes. We may have no choice but to let go. For example, if we become so physically exhausted to the point that our batteries run out, and we can’t recharge, we’ll really have to let go. But I don’t know if I’ll be able to admit it and accept it.”

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RM then shared wise words with the group.

“Rather than prepare ourselves for it, that time will come, like you said, so we just need to do our best now. Instead of thinking ‘I should prepare myself for the inevitable,’ just do your best in the moment,” he said.

Suga revealed the meaning behind BTS’s song ‘Outro: Tear’

Towards the end of the episode, Break the Silence showed Suga, RM, and J-Hope performing “Outro: Tear” in Osaka.

“Because we’re a team, we’re able to lift up a member if they have troubles, but if we fall into a slump, it could make things hard for all seven members,” Suga said in a voiceover.

He then revealed how the lyrics for “Outro: Tear” came to be.

“The lyrics for ‘Tear’ were written for the members. When I was writing the melody, at the time, we were deeply contemplating whether we should quit or not. When I played the song for the members, we all cried together,” he said.

This has changed the way fans view the song

On tour, BTS’s performance of “Outro: Tear” was always a fan-favorite, and the song is one of the rap line’s strongest. After the newest episode of Break the Silence, fans have completely changed what they thought of the song.

“YOONGI WROTE TEAR FOR THE MEMBERS BY KEEPING BTS IN MIND.. NOW ‘YOU’RE MY TEAR, YOU’RE MY FEAR’ HITS SO DIFFERENT #BREAK_THE_SILENCE,” one fan tweeted.

“I am never listening to ‘tear’ the same way again. never,” another fan tweeted.

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BTS Member Suga Dominates iTunes Albums Chart With Surprise Mixtape

As Agust D, the 27-year-old South Korean music star released a new mixtape titled ‘D-2’, which features bandmate RM on a song called ‘Strange’, on Friday, May 22.

AceShowbiz -BTS (Bangtan Boys) star Suga has rocketed to the top of the U.S. iTunes albums chart with a surprise new release.

The 27-year-old South Korean music superstar dropped his new mixtape, “D-2”, as Agust D, on Friday (May 22), and fans took it straight to number one.

The tracks occupy almost the entirety of the iTunes Songs chart top 10.

The collection features BTS bandmate RM on one track, “Strange”.

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Who Are RM From BTS' Parents?

Even before he was a member of BTS, Kim Namjoon (also known by his stage name RM,) was a rapper, songwriter, and musician. Who are RM’s parents? Does he have any siblings? Here’s what we know about the people behind the award-winning rapper. 

RM is a member of the K-pop group BTS

You may know him as the leader of BTS or you may know him as the K-pop group’s resident translator. RM is a member of the boy band, BTS and was also the first member added about 7 years ago.

Amino Apps reports that RM’s parents weren’t musicians at all. In fact, “his father is an employee of SK Telekom and his mother a realtor.” As a result, RM’s parents initially wanted him to get a stable job and, during an interview on The Late Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, RM shared that he would’ve been a businessman.

RM’ mother wasn’t always supportive of his music career 

It comes as no surprise to BTS fans that the leader of this K-pop group, real name Kim Namjoon, is a legit genius. According to Smoopi, he has an IQ of 148, putting him in the top 0.1% of the world’s population. 

Of course, as a concerned parent, RM’s mother would’ve rather had him pursue another more stable and reliable career than music. During one interview, the rapper shared a conversation he had with his mother regarding his decision to be a K-pop idol. 

“My grades were about a 5000th place in the country. If I wanted to keep going the path I was, I would’ve been a successful man with a job,” RM said, according to one website. “So I asked my mom if she prefers a son that was 1st in what he likes or a son that was in 5000th place. That conversation resulting in my mom allowing me to chase my dreams.”

Now, RM is a member of the biggest boy band in the world, selling out stadiums and earning millions of streams with the other BTS performers. BTS became the first K-pop group to perform at the Grammy Awards and RM was even featured on a version of “Old Town Road,” along with Lil Nas X. 

RM’s parents since came around to the idea of him being a rapper

Although his mother was initially against Namjoon being a musician, both parents have since expressed their support for the rapper. According to Amino Apps, RM’s mother and father went to BTS’ Epilogue Concert.

As for as siblings go, Namjoon has one younger sister, Kim Geongmin. She is the same age as the youngest BTS member, Jungkook. RM is also very close with his mother, often sharing pictures with her on Twitter with BTS fans. 

One post showed them going on a walk together. On his birthday, RM shared a handwritten note thanking his parents and fans for their support. It earned over a million likes. Fans can catch RM on the Map of the Soul tour, which, presumably, takes place sometime during 2020. 

Until then, music by BTS, including their recently released album, Map of the Soul: 7, is available for streaming on Spotify, Apple Music, and most major platforms.

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BTS Debuts Series to Help Fans Learn Korean Amid Social Distancing

Want to learn a new language while practicing social distancing? BTS is here to help.

The K-Pop group is helping fans learn Korean by releasing 30 lessons via the fan community platform Weverse. The educational materials will cover a number of topics, including consonants and vowels, vocabulary and greetings and expressions.

According to Rolling Stone, each lesson is about three minutes long and has been developed by researchers at the Korean Language Content Institute and Professor Heo Yong of the Department of Korean Education at Hankuk University of Foreign Studies. The group’s record label, Big Hit Entertainment, told the magazine the episodes are “designed to make it easy and fun for global fans who have difficulty enjoying BTS’ music and contents due to the language barrier.”

“There are only limited ways our fans could learn Korean with ease,” Big Hit Entertainment founder, Bang Si-Hyuk, said in a statement to the outlet. “Big Hit has created Korean learning media using artist content for a more rewarding and immersive experience for our fans.”

Per the publication, the series was first announced in February; however, the idea for the program developed after fans started asking for BTS’ videos to be subtitled in English. The lessons will also reportedly reuse material from the boy band’s reality show Run BTS! and YouTube series Bangtan Bombs and BTS episodes.

Fans won’t have to wait long to access the lessons, either. Followers can find them on Weverse starting March 24.

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Back in February, the band— which consists of RMJinSUGA, J-HopeJimin, V and Jungkook —announced the cancellation of four tour shows in Seoul. The concerts—which were part of the Map of the Soul Tour and originally scheduled for April 11, 12, 18 and 19 at Olympic Stadium—had been canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Several other artists have had to cancel or postpone shows, as well. To read about other ways the coronavirus is impacting Hollywood and the entertainment industry, click here.

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V of BTS Reportedly Wrote a Song for the 'Itaewon Class' OST and Fans Can't Wait

On March 6, V and RM of BTS held a brief VLIVE livestream for fans. In the VLIVE, V told BTS fans he had been writing songs. One of those songs is reported to be featured in the Itaewon Class OST. V’s close friend Park Seo-joon appears on Itaewon Class. The two are part of a friend group known as the “Wooga” Squad, along with Park Hyung-sik, PeakBoy, and Choi Woo-shik.

V and RM discussed V’s songwriting

RM and V started the VLIVE by mentioning how they missed performing for fans and hoped ARMY would watch their music show performances on TV. RM then brought up songwriting.

“V, have you been writing songs recently?” RM asked according to an English translation.

“I’ve written three songs,” V answered.

He credited living with songwriters after becoming a trainee at Big Hit Entertainment and later a member of BTS as inspiration for his own songwriting.

“I was able to actually feel the life of songwriters,” he said. “I was influenced as I lived with the songwriters.”

RM praised V for working harder than him, and V told him that the songs he wrote were not finished yet. He then added that one would be released soon.

“One song will be released,” he said. “As far as I know, the article is already out.”

V then told fans that the song was completed, and he really loves the song. He also told ARMY he wants them to listen to the song to heal.

The two BTS members talked about ‘Inner Child’

In the middle of the VLIVE, the BTS members discussed V’s solo on Map of the Soul: 7, “Inner Child.” According to RM, V was very involved in the songwriting process.

“Normally, people say emotions volatilize after that moment. It disappears in the sky,” RM said. “Most emotions disappear. Writing down the emotions you felt at the time is…”

“You can’t feel it again in the future,” V said.

“It’s a great attitude as a writer,” RM said. “When working on ‘Inner Child,’ V was… I’ve worked on several solo tracks for other members. When I send them a file, they will edit it on their own. And they would finally confirm. But V and I had an active conversation while working on ‘Inner Child.’”

BTS fans are proud of V

After the VLIVE, ARMY started the hashtag #TaehyungOSTisComing on Twitter. With the hashtag, BTS fans wrote about how proud they are of V and how much they can’t wait for the new song.

“Taehyung has now a total of 10 songs officially registered under his name as lyricist/composer in Korea Music Copyright Association as INNER CHILD was officially added today To our musical genius, we are so proud of you, we are looking forward for more #TaehyungOSTisComing,” one fan tweeted.

“taehyung has written & composed 3 different songs & one of them is the ost for itaewon class, taehyung also said that he wants army to listen to the song for healing so pls let’s give it lots of love & support since he worked so hard for it #TaehyungOSTisComing,” wrote a Twitter user.

“Taehyung said he wrote and self composed three song im so proud this is literally My happiest day ever please i can’t wait to hear the ost by taehyung @BTS_twt#TaehyungOSTisComing,” a fan tweeted.

“at the end of the year, taehyung will go on stage to accept his OST of the year award and will proudly say ‘I really became the singer that everyone can be proud of’ #TaehyungOSTisComing,” one fan wrote on Twitter.

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BTS Has Cancelled Their South Korea Tour Dates Over The Coronavirus Outbreak

K-Pop superstars BTS have cancelled their South Korean tour dates over the coronavirus outbreak, the band’s agency said Thursday.

“While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies, and staff,” Big Hit Entertainment said in a statement.

The band was scheduled to launch their Map of the Soul tour in South Korea’s capital city in performances on Apr. 11, 12, 18, and 19.

Big Hit Entertainment said that the more than 200,000 concertgoers who were expected to attend the four Seoul dates will be refunded the cost of their tickets.

“Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration,” the band’s agency said.

Per the official BTS website, the tour will now begin in California.

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There have been more than 83,000 confirmed cases of COVID-19, the disease caused by the coronavirus. Nearly 2,900 people have died. The vast majority of these have been in mainland China, but the coronavirus has been rapidly spreading in South Korea. In the past five days, the number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the country has risen from 763 to 2,337.

BTS are not the only artists who have preemptively cancelled tour dates in Asia over coronavirus fears.

On Friday, Green Day said that they would be postponing all of their shows in Asian countries due to the outbreak. The band was scheduled to perform next month in Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taiwan, Hong Kong, South Korea, and Japan.

K-Pop groups Seventeen, Got7, and Winner have also pulled out of planned shows in Asian countries.

The US National Symphony Orchestra also announced Thursday that they were cancelling their tour of Japan due to the outbreak.

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BTS and More Artists Cancel Concerts Due to Coronavirus

Concerns over the worldwide coronavirus pandemic have led BTS and other musicians to cancel their upcoming concerts. On Thursday in South Korea alone, 256 new cases of coronavirus were reported, bringing the total number of reported cases to over 2,000.

BTS took to Twitter to announce that their April stops in Seoul during the Map of the Soul Tour will be nixed, and that anyone who bought tickets will receive refunds.

“It is unavoidable that the concert must be canceled without further delay,” the K-pop group’s official Twitter account shared, in Korean, on Thursday. “Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration.”

The group’s decision comes after reported cases of novel coronavirus infections in South Korea skyrocketed in recent days as the pandemic — which is believed to have originated in Wuhan, China — has spread across the globe with infections and death tolls rising in numerous countries within Asia, Europe, as well as North and South America.

BTS was expected to kick off their world tour in Seoul’s Jamsil Olympic Stadium on April 11, 12, 18 and 19. However, it appears the tour will now start on April 25 in Santa Clara, California.

BTS was not the first K-pop group to cancel concerts over coronavirus concerns. Both Taeyon and NCT canceled their scheduled shows in Singapore. The country has had 96 confirmed cases of the disease.

Additionally, British rapper Stormzy announced on his since-deleted Twitter account that he will be postponing his planned Asia tour. Green Day similarly made the “difficult decision” to postpone their tour of Asia.

“We know it sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon,” the band wrote on Twitter.

In the United States, there have been 60 reported cases of the virus, with no reported deaths.

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BTS forced to cancel Map Of The Soul tour dates in Korea due to coronavirus

BTS have been forced to cancel a series of tour dates in South Korea due to the spread of coronavirus.

The boys were set to begin their Map Of The Soul tour in April in Seoul, but Big Hit Entertainment has confirmed that the concerts on 11, 12, 18 and 19 April at Olympic Stadium will no longer go ahead.

Over 2,000 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in South Korea, with the majority diagnosed in the city of Daegu, which is about 148 miles away from Seoul.

The agency said: ‘Plans for Map of the Soul Tour — Seoul included the involvement of a number of global production companies and a large group of expert international crew, with over 200,000 concertgoers expected to attend.

‘However, the current global coronavirus (COVID-19) has made it impossible at this time to predict the scale of the outbreak during the dates of the concert in April, alongside increasing uncertainty about the cross-border movement of concert staff and equipment.

‘While we hope that the situation will improve, we must take into consideration the health and safety of hundreds of thousands of guests, as well as our artists and the dire impact a last-minute cancellation may have on guests from overseas, production companies and staff. We have thus determined that with approximately one month left before the Seoul concert is set to begin, it is unavoidable that the concert must be cancelled without further delay.’

Big Hit added: ‘Please understand that this decision was made after extensive and careful consideration in order to cooperate with the government’s measures on restricting public events as well as municipal advisories on the use of cultural and sports facilities.’

Tickets will be refunded.

RM, Jimin, Suga, V, Jin, Jungkook and J-Hope’s US dates, which begin with a show in Santa Clara on 25 April, have not been affected.

The ON singers are set to play London’s Twickenham Stadium on 3 and 4 July.

BTS had already been forced to replace their planned press conference for the release of their album Map Of The Soul: Persona with a live stream without press, while their music show performances in support of the album were said to be being filmed without audiences.

The Korean band aren’t the only artists whose tours are being affected by coronavirus.

Green Day have also confirmed they have been forced to postpone their scheduled tour of Asia, which was due to begin next month.

The band said: ‘We have unfortunately made the difficult decision to postpone our upcoming shows in Asia due to the health + travel concerns with coronavirus.

‘We know if sucks, as we were looking forward to seeing you all, but hold on to your tickets we’ll be announcing the new dates very soon.’

The American Idiot stars had been set to play Singapore, Thailand, the Philippines, Taipei, Hong Kong, South Korea and Japan.

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Howard Stern Lashes Out at ‘Racist’ Colleague for Linking BTS to Coronavirus

‘The Howard Stern Show’ host labels Salvatore ‘Sal’ Governale ‘a***hole’ for insisting there was ‘no way’ the members of the Korean pop group didn’t have the virus.

AceShowbizHoward Stern hit out at “racist” comments made by one of his colleagues after K-pop sensation BTS (Bangtan Boys) visited the SiriusXM studios.

The DJ, who hosts a show for the station, branded Salvatore ‘Sal’ Governale an “a**ehole” after he claimed there was “no way” the members of the “Boy with Luv” group didn’t have coronavirus, which originated in China.

Speaking on his show, the 66-year-old explained that Governale, who has appeared on the station since 1996, was “freaking out” because the singers are from Korea.

“BTS is from Korea and Sal was freaking out. BTS was here at Sirius on Friday and Sal was saying, ‘There’s no way those guys don’t have the coronavirus,’ ” he explained. “He was like every a**hole!”

The star’s co-host Robin Quivers said that the band are “touring all the time”, with producer Gary Dell’Abate noting: “Every celebrity who walks through the door is traveling all over the world — not just Asians.”

Coronavirus, began in Wuhan, China, and while over 1,700 cases have been confirmed in South Korea, the virus has also spread to the U.S., the U.K., Australia, Germany, France, Iran and Italy.

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Green Day Postpones Asia Tour Amid Coronavirus Concerns

Band vows to announce new dates soon

There’s less than a year to go until the 2020 presidential election, but the competition to potentially replace Donald Trump in the White House is already stiff. 

There’s a lot to keep track of, but we’re here to help. Here’s TheWrap’s list of everyone who is running for president so far — and who has dropped out.

  • Joe Biden – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: April 25, 2019 

    The former Obama VP was a late entry to the race, formally declaring his run for the presidency on April 25. But he’s long been a presumed frontrunner, leading many early polls. This is his third presidential run, and for months he’s been telling anyone who’ll listen that he’d be the most qualified candidate for the job. He’s also already been under scrutiny over criticism about his behavior with women, prompting him to post a video promising he’d be “more mindful and respectful” of a woman’s “personal space.”

    Biden has also been prone to embarrassing slips of the tongue, among them placing the assassinations of RFK and MLK in “the late ’70s,” mistaking his campaign’s text number for a website, waxing nostalgic about his friendships with Senate segregationists, and saying “poor kids are just as bright and just as talented as white kids.”

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  • Elizabeth Warren – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Feb. 9, 2019 

    The Massachusetts Senator formally announced her candidacy on Feb. 9 at a rally in her home state, and shortly after followed up with a tweet that read: “I believe in an America of opportunity. My daddy ended up as a janitor, but his little girl got the chance to be a public school teacher, a college professor, a United States Senator – and a candidate for President of the United States. #Warren2020.”

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  • Bernie Sanders – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Feb. 19, 2019 

    Bernie Sanders, the runner-up in the 2016 contest for the Democratic nomination, has recorded a campaign video in which he says he is running for president in 2020, according to a report in Politico.

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  • Pete Buttigieg – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: April 14, 2019 

    The 37-year-old mayor of South Bend, Indiana would become the first openly gay presidential nominee from a major political party. Buttigieg’s platform includes a plan to further empower Black America and economic reform. 

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  • Michael Bloomberg – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Nov. 24, 2019

    The former mayor of New York is the second billionaire to enter the crowded Democratic field with just one year until the election. Bloomberg plans to fund his own campaign and is reportedly spending $30 million in TV ads to launch his campaign. 

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  • Amy Klobuchar – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Feb. 10, 2019 

    The Minnesota Democrat, first elected to the U.S. Senate in 2006, announced her bid on Feb. 10, 2019, saying that she wanted to work for “everyone who wanted their work recognized.”  Klobuchar’s key issues she wants to tackle if elected president include revising voting rights protections and prioritizing cybersecurity. 

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  • Tulsi Gabbard – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Jan. 11, 2019 

    Gabbard, a U.S. Representative for Hawaii’s 2nd congressional district, endorsed Bernie Sanders in 2016, but in 2020 she’s all-in on herself. Gabbard is running on immigration and criminal justice reform. 

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  • Tom Steyer – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: July 9, 2019 

    The billionaire and climate change activist entered the race in July, saying in a video “if you think that there’s something absolutely critical, try as hard as you can and let the chips fall where they may. And that’s exactly what I’m doing. My name’s Tom Steyer, and I’m running for president.”

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  • Bill Weld – Republican Party

    Entered Race: April 15, 2019 

    Weld is a former Governor of Massachusetts who has been on the record about his displeasure of Trump, specifically Trump’s desire to be more of a “king than a president.”  

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  • Deval Patrick – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Nov. 14, 2019 
    Dropped Out: Feb. 12, 2020

    The former governor of Massachusetts acknowledged the challenge of jumping into the Democratic primary so late in the game. But in his announcement he took a veiled swipe at other candidates, saying the party was torn between “nostalgia” and “our big idea or no way.” He dropped out after the New Hampshire primary, failing to secure a single delegate.

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  • Michael Bennet – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: May 2, 2019 
    Dropped Out: Feb. 11, 2020

    The Colorado senator has been a vocal supporter on advancing the field of artificial intelligence and expanding the Child Tax Credit. He dropped out on the day of the New Hampshire primary.

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  • Andrew Yang – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Nov. 6, 2017  
    Dropped Out: Feb. 11, 2020

    The entrepreneur and son of immigrant parents from Taiwan became a contender a year ago, telling The New York Times that he will advocate for a universal basic income. But he failed to gain traction and dropped out the day of the New Hampshire primary.

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  • Joe Walsh – Republican Party 

    Entered Race: Aug. 25, 2019 
    Dropped Out: Feb. 7, 2020 

    The former congressman from Illinois turned conservative talk show host announced in August 2019 that he would enter the GOP primaries to challenge President Trump. “I’m running because he’s unfit; somebody needs to step up and there needs to be an alternative. The country is sick of this guy’s tantrum — he’s a child,” he told ABC News.

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  • Cory Booker – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: Feb. 1, 2019 
    Dropped Out: Jan. 14, 2020 

    Dropped Out: Jan. 13, 2020 

    The New Jersey senator and former mayor of Newark formally tossed his name into the presidential hat on Feb. 1, the first day of Black History Month. Booker ran on a platform of ending mass incarceration if he were to be elected president. His absence in the race ahead of the caucuses made the remaining Democratic field significantly less diverse.

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  • Marianne Williamson – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Jan. 28, 2019 
    Dropped Out: Jan. 10, 2020

    Dropped Out: Jan. 10, 2020

    The “Healing the Soul of America” author and founder of Project Angel Food announced her candidacy during a political rally at the Saban Theater in Los Angeles on Jan. 28. Williamson ran on a platform of reparations and “economic justice for women and children.”

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  • Julián Castro – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Jan. 12, 2019

    Dropped Out: Jan. 2, 2020 

    The former mayor of San Antonio — and former Obama cabinet member — supports immigration reform and eliminating lead poisoning. Castro was the only Latino candidate in the running, and he said in a video released by his campaign that he’s “not done fighting.”

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  • Kamala Harris – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Jan. 21, 2019 

    Dropped Out: December 3, 2019

    The California senator announced her bid for the presidency on Martin Luther King Jr. Day,  Jan. 21, while appearing on ABC’s “Good Morning America.” As a possible indication of her chances, her January CNN town hall was the network’s highest rated single presidential candidate town hall ever. Harris is pro Medicare-for-all and raising teacher pay.

    Harris came out of the gate strong with a solid showing at the first debate, but failed to carry that momentum. Reports of staff mismanagement and fundraising challenges led to her to suspend her candidacy in early December.

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  • Beto O’Rourke – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: March 14, 2019

    Dropped Out: November 1, 2019 

    The former congressman from El Paso, Texas, announced he is running for president on March 14, saying: “This is a defining moment of truth for this country and for every single one of us,” and that the challenges have never been greater. “They will either consume us, or they will afford us the greatest opportunity to unleash the genius of the United States of America,” he added. O’Rourke has already made a name for himself as a record-breaking fundraiser, the subject of an HBO documentary and a favorite among Hollywood elite. He dropped out Nov 1., tweeting, “I am announcing that my service to the country will not be as a candidate or as the nominee.”

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  • Mark Sanford – Republican Party 

    Entered Race: Sept. 8, 2019

    Dropped Out: Nov. 12, 2019

    The former governor of South Carolina — who resigned in disgrace in 2007 after lying about an extramarital affair — announced his challenge to Trump, saying, “We have lost our way.” Sanford, who was also a U.S. congressman from 1995 to 2001 and 2013 to 2019, pledged to tackle the nation’s ballooning national debt and reverse Trump’s policies on trade protectionism. He dropped out in November saying the issues on his platform were overshadowed by the ongoing impeachment process.

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  • Tim Ryan – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: April 4, 2019 

    Dropped Out: Oct. 24, 2019

    The Ohio congressman was running on a platform that included education reform and promoting renewable energy.

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  • Kirsten Gillibrand – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: Jan. 15, 2019 

    Dropped Out: Aug. 28, 2019 

    The senator from New York announced her bid Tuesday, Jan. 15 on “The Late Show With Stephen Colbert.” Gillibrand, whose campaign slogan is “Brave Wins,” supported paid family leave and protecting women’s rights.

    On August 28, 2019, she announced her withdrawal. “To our supporters: Thank you, from the bottom of my heart. Now, let’s go beat Donald Trump and win back the Senate,” she tweeted. 

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  • Seth Moulton – Democratic Party  

    Entered Race: April 22, 2019 
    Dropped Out: August 23, 2019

    The Massachusetts congressman and Iraq War veteran ended his campaign for president in a speech to the DNC in San Fransisco. “I think it’s evident that this is now a three-way race between Biden, Warren and Sanders, and really it’s a debate about how far left the party should go,” Mr. Moulton told the New York Times. 

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  • John Hickenlooper 

    Entered Race: March 4, 2019 
    Dropped Out:
    Aug. 15, 2019 

    The former Colorado governor supported stricter gun control laws and free trade.  

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  • Howard Schultz – Independent 

    Dropped Out: Sept. 6, 2019

    In January the former Starbucks CEO expressed initial interest in running. In August, Schultz reportedly suspended his campaigning until after Labor Day, citing medical issues. In September, Schultz cited those issues and more in a letter on his website as reasons he had to take himself out of the running.

    “My belief in the need to reform our two-party system has not wavered, but I have concluded that an independent campaign for the White House is not how I can best serve our country at this time,” he wrote.

    Schultz is a co-founder of the venture capital firm Maveron, which is an investor in TheWrap.

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  • Eric Swalwell 

    Entered Race: April 8, 2019  
    Dropped Out: July 8, 2019 

    The California congressman wrote in a statement on his campaign’s website about his decision to bow out of the 2020 presidential race, “I’ll never forget the people I met and lessons I learned while travelling [sic] around our great nation – especially in the communities most affected by gun violence.”

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  • Jay Inslee – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: March 1, 2019 
    Dropped Out:
    Aug. 21, 2019 

    The Governor of Washington ran on a platform focused on climate change, proposing a “100% Clean Energy for America Plan” that would see emissions drop to zero by 2035. 

    He announced he was dropping out of the race during an appearance on “The Rachel Maddow Show.”

    “It’s become clear that I’m not going to be carrying the ball,” Inslee told Maddow. “I’m not going to be the President, I’m withdrawing tonight from the race.”

    Inslee added that he’s optimistic that climate change will be a major part of the Democratic party’s priorities.

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  • Wayne Messam – Democratic Candidate 

    Entered Race: March 28, 2019 
    Dropped Out: Nov. 20, 2019 

    The mayor of Miramar, Florida, a city near Miami, is a first-generation American who has called for end the filibuster and erasing student debt. He only raised $5 — five — during the quarter that ended Sep. 30, and dropped out less than two months later.

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  • Bill De Blasio – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: May 16, 2019 

    Dropped Out: Sept. 20, 2019

    The New York City mayor was looking for more taxes for the wealthy and regulating “gig jobs” under his proposed Universal Labor Standards. 

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  • Steve Bullock – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: May 14, 2019 

    Dropped Out: Dec. 2, 2019

    The Montana governor said in a statement, “While there were many obstacles we could not have anticipated when entering this race, it has become clear that in this moment, I won’t be able to break through to the top tier of this still-crowded field of candidates.”

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  • John Delaney – Democratic Party 

    Entered Race: July 28, 2017 
    Dropped Out: Jan. 31, 2020

    The U.S. Representative for Maryland’s 6th district declared back in July 2017. He said he’ll “end reckless trade wars and expand trade,” “create a universal health care system” and “launch a national AI strategy.” But he dropped out before the Iowa caucuses. 

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  • Joe Sestak – Democratic Party

    Entered Race: June 23, 2019 
    Dropped Out: Dec. 1, 2019

    The former Pennsylvania Congressman had a plan for America that includes investing in American manufacturing and strengthening antitrust laws. But short of funds and media attention, he dropped out.

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  • The Democratic candidate field remains robust as late entries like Tom Steyer and Michael Bloomberg join the race

    There’s less than a year to go until the 2020 presidential election, but the competition to potentially replace Donald Trump in the White House is already stiff. 

    There’s a lot to keep track of, but we’re here to help. Here’s TheWrap’s list of everyone who is running for president so far — and who has dropped out.

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