“Ilhan is a leader of strength and courage,” said Sanders. “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.”
Ocasio-Cortez, Tlaib, and Omar—representing three of the four progressive House freshman known as “the Squad”—are expected to appear alongside Sanders at a rally in New York City Saturday.
“We’re looking forward to Saturday,” Ocasio-Cortez spokesman Corbin Trent told the Post.
The news broke in the waning minutes of a primary debate featuring Sanders and 11 of his rivals for the nomination in which Sanders and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) fended off attacks from more right wing candidates on issues like Medicare for All, Sanders’ signature legislation.
“Between his stellar performance at the debate tonight and AOC’s pending endorsement,” tweeted Al Jazeera journalist Sana Saeed, “this is a huge moment and Sanders cannot, and should not, be ignored any longer by those who continue to erase him, his candidacy, and his supporters.”
Reflecting on the strong performance and the endorsement, Young Turks reporter Emma Vigeland called it “a historic night for the Sanders campaign.”
“These endorsements just fired me up even more,” said activist Linda Sarsour.
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