LOS ANGELES — After racking up a string of Super Tuesday wins, Biden called on his fellow candidates to unite behind him, saying the only person who benefits from Democrats sniping at each other is President Trump.
“What we can’t let happen in the next few weeks is let this primary turn into a campaign of negative attacks,” Biden said, flanked by more than a dozen supporters, including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, his campaign co-chair. “The only thing that will do is help Donald Trump, and it doesn’t help any of the other candidates who are left in the campaign.”
In one sense, it was an attempt to speak into existence the narrative the Biden campaign has been pushing since his commanding win in South Carolina — that the party is coalescing around the former vice president. But, Biden warned, it was also an attempt to avoid the kind of party rift he said contributed to Hillary Clinton losing the 2016 election.
As Biden has racked up victories, four of his former rivals announced that they were endorsing him.
Bloomberg announced Wednesday that he was ending his campaign and endorsing Biden. Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-Minn.), former South Bend, Ind., mayor Pete Buttigieg and former congressman Beto O’Rourke (D-Tex.) endorsed Biden on Monday.
Warren said she was reassessing her campaign.
During an appearance on MSNBC, Democratic National Committee Chair Tom Perez said he was optimistic that the party would ultimately rally behind the Democratic nominee.
“They all understand this is a different moment,” Perez said. “This is the most dangerous president in American history. This is our democracy as we know it that’s on the ballot. We can withstand four years of Donald Trump but we can’t withstand eight.”
Trump, Perez said, "knows that the only way he can win is to try to divide Democrats, continue to cheat, accept foreign interference.”