Sanders asks for donations to reelect members of ‘The Squad’
Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) put out a fundraising call using his campaign’s email list Sunday night, imploring supporters to split a three-way donation between members of “the Squad.”
In the email, Sanders suggested a donation of $5 each to the campaigns of Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.), all of whom endorsed his campaign for president which ended last week.
“Today I am asking you to support some extraordinary congresswomen — and important leaders of our movement — to ensure they can continue fighting for our values in Congress,” Sanders wrote.
The fourth member of “the Squad,” Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.), is not facing a Republican challenger this fall and has no challengers in the Democratic primary for the district as well. Pressley was the only member of the group of four freshmen progressives to endorse Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), who also ended her own bid for the Democratic nomination.
Tlaib is facing a competitive primary challenge from Brenda Jones, the Detroit City Council president who was narrowly defeated by Tlaib in a primary for the seat in 2018. Ocasio-Cortez and Omar are also facing several primary challengers as well as a number of Republicans vying for their party’s respective primaries.
“Let me be very clear: If we are serious about building a political revolution — and continuing our fight for economic justice, social justice, racial justice, and environmental justice — we need people like Alexandria, Ilhan and Rashida representing our progressive values in Congress,” Sanders wrote.