As the 2020 presidential campaigns push forward, ever reaching for President Donald Trump’s position, elected officials such as congress members are beginning to choose sides and put their endorsements behind particular candidates.
For most of the far-left squad members, that choice looks to be Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders.
Two members have pretty much made it official that they will endorse him, while another is holding out for a while longer.
The first to back the socialistic senator was none other than the anti-Semitic Minnesota Representative Ilhan Omar herself. And if her most recent statements and Twitter posts on the subject can be believed, she is likely to be one of his most significant supporters to date.
She said, “Bernie is leading a working-class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnic and geography.” And she continued, “That is why he is fighting to cancel all student debt. That is why is he fighting to make all school meals universal. That is why he is fighting for a humane immigration policy that treats immigrants as human beings and not criminals.”
Omar also added, “And it’s why Bernie is fighting to end forever wars and truly prioritize human rights in our foreign policy – no matter who violates them. And it’s why I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020.”
And in Omar’s excitement over her support of Sanders, she went ahead and threw Michigan Representative Rashida Tlaib’s name into the ring as well. However, this proved to be a bit premature. Tlaib made a statement on Wednesday to let everyone know, “I have not made any endorsement at this time.”
Although, she also made sure to note that Sanders would be touring her home state and district near the end of this month. So things could change.
The other member to throw her weight behind Sanders is New York Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, although she has not publicly announced her endorsement of him yet. But According to the New York Post, she will make it official this coming Saturday by attending a “Bernie’s Back” campaign event in Queens.
The only other member of the squad has said little of any individual candidate to date. Representative Ayanna Pressley does come from the same state as Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, though. That is not to say that she won’t choose someone else.
However, it is uncertain if any of these freshmen lawmakers’ support will help or hurt the campaigns of whoever they endorse.
Omar, for instance, is well-known for her anti-Semitic tropes that she continues to declare whenever possible. This and her and fellow squad member Tlaib’s support of the BDS movement has made her quite unpopular in many circles. And of course, there is all the drama that surrounds her marital status and past relationships, including the fact that she may have legally married her brother to get around immigration laws. Let’s not forget about her casual reference to the 9/11 attacks as when “some people did something.”
AOC’s support of Sanders is almost just as damning as that of her companions, if not more so. Recent polls show that about 45.1 percent of Americans view her in a “somewhat unfavorable” or “very unfavorable” light. This is nearly the same amount of people that don’t like politicians who have been around much longer or have much more prestigious positions.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi isn’t liked by about 51.2 percent, and President Trump is seen as unfavorable to nearly 52.6 percent. For AOC’s numbers to be anywhere near these numbers is saying a lot. After all, she has only been in office for about 10 months.
As Bernie is undeniably the most progressive candidate in the field, it is unsurprising that these squad members would choose him, and it lets us know that his closest rival, Senator Warren, apparently just isn’t woke enough for them.
Sanders will likely welcome their support, as they are rather popular with the progressive base and in particular, those of a younger crowd. And let’s face it, the 78-year-old needs all the help he can get, especially in light of his recent heart attack.
But given all the controversy that the entire bunch brings everywhere they go, it is unlikely to do more than taint Sanders’ name even more, as he aligns with our nation’s most ridiculous and selfish leaders.