WASHINGTON — Former Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley on Thursday endorsed his party's presumptive nominee for president, Hillary Clinton -- four months after he dropped out of the race himself.
The endorsement, which O'Malley made through an email, came minutes after President Barack Obama offered his own endorsement of Clinton in a video. It also came on a day when Bernie Sanders was meeting with Democrats in Washington, presumably to discuss his exit from the race.
O'Malley, who has widely avoided the media since his third-place finish in Iowa, has never publicly addressed his decision not to endorse a candidate in the primary.
"Congratulations to Secretary Clinton for winning a long and hard-fought nomination process, and also to Senator Sanders for waging an exciting campaign focused on important progressive issues about which so many of us care so deeply," O'Malley said in a statement. "The voters have spoken, it is time now to unite our party."
The Democrat took a shot at presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump, describing him as "a fascist threat to our democracy."
O'Malley said he plans to commit "my energies to the election of Secretary Clinton" and that he looks "forward to campaigning for Secretary Clinton and urge all of my friends and supporters to do the same."