AOC, Omar, and Tlaib all throw their support behind ailing candidate
OCTOBER 16, 2019
The outspoken far-left congresswomen known as “The Squad” are supporting socialist 2020 candidate Bernie Sanders for the Democrat nomination as his poll numbers lag behind Joe Biden and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.).
The Washington Post reported that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) – the leader of the Squad – will formally endorse Sanders for the Democrat nomination on Saturday.
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) is also expected to make a formal announcement, according to CNN.
But Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) has already voiced her support on Twitter and revealed that AOC and Tlaib are “on board” as well.
“Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity and geography,” Omar said in a statement posted on Twitter by the Sanders campaign.
“I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020,” Omar added.
The endorsements are unsurprising given The Squad is vehemently socialist like Sanders. Though Warren also represents the progressive wing of the Democrat Party, she has repeatedly said she is a capitalist.
It’s unclear if Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), the least-known Squad member, will will follow along with the rest of the group’s endorsement, but it seems likely given they stick together on most other issues.
The endorsement isn’t without risk on The Squad’s part — 78-year-old Sanders was hospitalized after suffering a heart attack less than two weeks ago.
Likewise, the endorsements will solidify Sanders as THE far-left socialist candidate in the Democrat field, which could alienate independents and moderate Democrats in the general election should Sanders win the nomination.