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There were reportedly more than 20 Democrats eyeing a run for president in the hopes of knocking out Donald Trump. However, whoever decides to put their hats in the ring will have to prepare themselves for political bloodshed. One person is not here for it — Deval Patrick.

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There have been rumblings for years that the former Massachusetts governor wanted to run for president. Once upon a time he was compared to Barack Obama. Patrick also had great success in the Bay State. While he was governor, Massachusetts received the highest level of employment in almost 25 years, the state ranked first in energy efficiency and he signed a bill that gave 97 percent people in the state healthcare. Even with all these accomplishments, Patrick said he does not have the strength to run in what is sure to be a vile, in the gutter election.

“After a lot of conversation, reflection and prayer, I’ve decided that a 2020 campaign for president is not for me,” the 62-year-old wrote on his Facebook page Thursday morning. “I’ve been overwhelmed by advice and encouragement from people from all over the country, known and unknown. Humbled, in fact. But knowing that the cruelty of our elections process would ultimately splash back on people whom Diane and I love, but who hadn’t signed up for the journey, was more than I could ask.”

However, he still sounded optimistic.

“Our case for opportunity, equality and fair play has its roots in the founding aspirations of America. And it turns out those values still matter to people,” he wrote. “That is our civic faith, and we’ll have to take care to keep it now — because what’s at stake today is not just the case for our party or the qualifications of a given candidate, but the character of the country.”

He ended with, “I hope to help in whatever way I can. It just won’t be as a candidate for president. To all those who helped Diane and me think this through, thank you. We are grateful.”

We can’t blame Mr. Patrick. It is easy to predict that 2020 will be a further debasement of American politics. Sadly, the country will miss out on the potentially phenomenal president.

Thanks again, Trump.

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