Omar endorses Sanders presidential bid

Omar endorses Sanders presidential bid
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Rep. 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 (D-Minn.) is throwing her support behind Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Democrats seize on report of FedEx's Bernie Sanders tax bill to slam Trump's tax plan If we want to save earth, we need to change how we eat 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.

Omar added that Rep. Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ethics panel extends probe into Tlaib, says she likely misused campaign funds Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field MORE (D-Mich.) is also endorsing Sanders’s presidential bid.

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“Proud to endorse @SenSanders for President, glad that @AOC and @RashidaTlaib are on board too. It’s time,” Omar tweeted.

“Bernie is leading a working-class movement to defeat Donald TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump reversed course on flavored e-cigarette ban over fear of job losses: report Trump to award National Medal of Arts to actor Jon Voight Sondland notified Trump officials of investigation push ahead of Ukraine call: report 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 PressleyAyanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution Ocasio-Cortez jabs 'plutocratic' late entrants to 2020 field Justice Democrats official denies that progressives struggle with electability 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 Ann WarrenBiden says he won't legalize marijuana because it may be a 'gateway drug' Democrats seize on report of FedEx's Elizabeth Warren tax bill to slam Trump's tax plan Warren 'fully committed' to 'Medicare for All' 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.”