Top Sanders adviser defends Pressley's Warren endorsement

A senior adviser to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersSome Sanders top allies have urged him to withdraw from 2020 race: report We're at war and need wartime institutions to keep our economy producing what's necessary Larry David: Bernie Sanders should drop out of 2020 race MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign defended Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.) after the lawmaker threw her support behind Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenDemocrats seize on Trump's firing of intelligence community watchdog Biden says his administration could help grow 'bench' for Democrats Overnight Health Care: CDC recommends face coverings in public | Resistance to social distancing sparks new worries | Controversy over change of national stockpile definition | McConnell signals fourth coronavirus bill MORE (D-Mass.) in the Democratic presidential primary this week.

“It’s hard to go against your home state senator — it’s just hard,” Chuck Rocha told Hill.TV on Thursday. “We’ve honestly had conversations and we respect her tremendously.”

"She did what was best for her," Rocha added. "We think that the Squad as a whole — all of them are great, no matter who they endorse."

In a video announcing her endorsement, Pressely praised Warren for "fighting for fundamental change that restores power to those who've been left behind."

“You've all heard about the senator’s plans but here's the thing: The plans are about power, who has it, who refuses to let it go, and who deserves more of it. For Elizabeth and for me, power belongs in the hands of the people," Pressley said.

Her endorsement comes after the other three members of "The Squad” of progressive freshman congresswomen — Democratic Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Undocumented aliens should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (Mich.) — endorsed Sanders.

Both Omar and Ocasio-Cortez, however, tweeted heart emojis in response to Pressley’s video announcing her support for Warren in the 2020 race.

And Tlaib retweeted a video of Pressley’s endorsement that was accompanied with a tweet that read: “I have the deepest respect for the entire squad-and their ability to operate and function as four independent women of strong mind and informed principles.”

—Tess Bonn