Rep. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Biden, Democrats seek to shut down calls to defund police McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Minn.) is throwing her support behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE’s (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, joining fellow first-year Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) in endorsing the progressive senator.
Omar confirmed her endorsement of Sanders in a tweet Wednesday morning after Sanders took the stage for the latest Democratic debate.
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Omar added that Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Defunding the police: Put it to a vote McEnany, Ocasio-Cortez tangle over ‘Biden adviser’ label MORE (D-Mich.) is also endorsing Sanders’s presidential bid.
“Proud to endorse @SenSanders for President, glad that @AOC and @RashidaTlaib are on board too. It’s time,” Omar tweeted.
Proud to endorse @SenSanders for President, glad that @AOC and @RashidaTlaib are on board too. It’s time https://t.co/2mAmXJiKxv
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2019
“Bernie is leading a working-class movement to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpSenate advances public lands bill in late-night vote Warren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases Esper orders ‘After Action Review’ of National Guard’s role in protests MORE that transcends generation, ethnicity and geography,” Omar said in a statement.
Sanders in his own statement called Omar “a leader of strength and courage.”
“She will not back down from a fight with billionaires and the world’s most powerful corporations to transform our country so it works for all of us. I’m proud of what we’ve done in Congress, and together we will build a multiracial working class coalition to win the White House,” he added.
The endorsements give Sanders the backing of three out of the four progressive freshman lawmakers who make up “the squad,” with only Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHow language is bringing down Donald Trump Over 1,400 pro athletes, coaches call on Congress to back bill ending qualified immunity Biden’s right, we need policing reform now – the House should quickly take up his call to action MORE (D-Mass.) not yet publicly endorsing a candidate.
Pressley comes from the same state as one of Sanders’s top competition for the Democratic presidential nomination. Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenWarren, Democrats urge Trump to back down from veto threat over changing Confederate-named bases OVERNIGHT DEFENSE: Joint Chiefs chairman says he regrets participating in Trump photo-op | GOP senators back Joint Chiefs chairman who voiced regret over Trump photo-op | Senate panel approves 0B defense policy bill Trump on collision course with Congress over bases with Confederate names MORE (D-Mass.) has gained in the polls in recent months and has appeared to cut into Sanders’s support among progressive voters.
Warren previously picked up the endorsement of the Working Families Party, a key progressive group that backed Sanders in the 2016 election.
Sanders made his first national appearance at a debate Tuesday night since a heart procedure temporarily sidelined him.
He promoted his upcoming rally in Queens and teased the presence of a “special guest,” noting that he will continue “mounting a vigorous campaign all over this country.”