Sanders nabs endorsement from Congressional Hispanic Caucus member

Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week MORE (I-Vt.) nabbed an endorsement from Rep. Jesús “Chuy” García (D-Ill.), who will join him in campaigning in Nevada in the days ahead of the caucuses. 

The Illinois progressive, who was a big supporter of Sanders in the 2016 presidential race, expressed his support of the Vermont senator Thursday. García’s announcement makes him the second member of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus to back Sanders. 

García said he is supporting the Vermont progressive because he is “consistent,” “has the courage to pursue real change” and “will always choose the people over political gain or expediency.”

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“For me and for a majority of communities across our country, defeating Donald TrumpDonald TrumpPoll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe Has Trump beaten the system? MORE and reversing his inhumane immigration policies is not only urgent, it is personal,” García said in a statement. “Bernie Sanders is the only person who can unite a coalition capable of defeating Donald Trump and can ensure that our country never again rips children from the arms of their families.”

Sanders said in a release that he is “proud” to have García’s support.

“At a time when Donald Trump continues to use hateful rhetoric and the power of the federal government to divide up our country and terrorize immigrants at the border and in our communities, we need more leaders like Chuy,” he said. 

Sanders and García have campaigned together since 2015, when Sanders backed García to win the Chicago mayoral race in 2015, according to the Chicago Sun-Times

The first, and only other, Congressional Hispanic Caucus member to back Sanders was Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE (D-N.Y.). The Vermont progressive has eight endorsements from members of Congress.

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden authorizes up to 0M for Afghan refugees Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary Biden flexes presidential muscle on campaign trail with Virginia's McAuliffe MORE leads in the number of congressional endorsements, with 47.