Top Sanders adviser defends Pressley's Warren endorsement

A senior adviser to Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California On The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings MORE’s (I-Vt.) 2020 presidential campaign defended Rep. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability The Hill's Campaign Report: Bloomberg looks to upend Democratic race MORE (D-Mass.) after the lawmaker threw her support behind Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenButtigieg surges ahead of Iowa caucuses Biden leads among Latino Democrats in Texas, California Following school shooting, Biden speaks out: 'We have to protect these kids' 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-CortezOn The Money: Trump appeals to Supreme Court to keep tax returns from NY prosecutors | Pelosi says deal on new NAFTA 'imminent' | Mnuchin downplays shutdown threat | Trump hits Fed after Walmart boasts strong earnings Overnight Energy: Perry replacement faces Ukraine questions at hearing | Dem chair demands answers over land agency's relocation | Ocasio-Cortez, Sanders unveil 0B Green New Deal public housing plan Sanders, Ocasio-Cortez drum up support for Green New Deal public housing plan MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Omar renews claim Stephen Miller is a 'white nationalist' amid calls for him to step down MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOcasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Krystal Ball: Billionaires panicking over Sanders candidacy Sanders: Fighting anti-Semitism 'is very personal' 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