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“Squad” Split? – Presidential race divides controversial freshman congresswomen

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“Squad” Split?  –  Presidential race divides controversial freshman congresswomen

Rep. Ayanna Pressley a first-term Democratic congresswoman from Massachusetts, has endorsed Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president, despite several of her fellow “Squad” members coming out in support of Sen. Bernie Sanders.

Pressley called Warren a “bold, compassionate leader” who would “put power back in the hands of people,” saying in a statement according to POLITICO that “I am so grateful to call Elizabeth Warren a friend, a partner in good, and my Senator. I am proud to endorse her candidacy for President.”

“From fighting to erase income inequality and close the racial wealth gap, to taking on the epidemic of gun violence and working to dismantle structural racism, Elizabeth has made it her life’s work to pursue justice for working families and put economic and political power in the hands of people,” Pressley continued. “We find ourselves in a fight for the soul of our nation, and I know Elizabeth can win it.”

The congresswoman also tweeted out a Warren-branded video, echoing Warren’s campaign rally cry and writing that “Big structural change can’t wait.”

“I have seen Ms. Warren in small church basements and in packed gymnasiums,” Pressley says in the video. “And she is consistent. She never loses sight of the people. You’ve all heard about the senator’s plans — but here’s the thing. Her plans are about power: who has it, who refuses to let it go, and who deserves more of it.”

Warren thanked Pressley via a tweet, saying that “I’m proud to be fighting alongside you to put power in the hands of the people.”

In contrast, Minnesota Rep. Ilhan Omar endorsed Sen. Bernie Sanders, a Democratic-socialist according to Fox News.

Omar expanded on her endorsement of Sanders, saying that he is the candidate she can put her faith in because he is guided by his values no matter what, according to the first term congresswoman.

“Sometimes you have to be reminded about the vision you truly believe in, and where your core values lie,” Omar said. “And for me, I know that there are people that have to switch some things around, and there are people that are just easy to believe in. And I was reminded that Bernie is one of the people.”

Omar joined fellow “squad” member Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., in endorsing Sanders last week:

“@BernieSanders isn’t fighting to win just one presidential election — he’s fighting for the soul of our democracy,” Omar tweeted along with an endorsement video.

“Here’s more on why I’m so proud to give Bernie my endorsement for president of the United States:”

The Minnesota representative went on in her multi-tweet endorsement to say that, “Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity, and geography. I know this from experience — I’ve worked with him up close on bold progressive reforms. I’ve seen the values that motivate his fight for progress.

“Bernie Sanders knows that in one of the richest countries in the world, no student should go without a hot meal. This week, we introduced a universal school lunch bill to make sure every student who wants a hot meal can get one year-round.

“Bernie is also well aware that America doesn’t suffer from scarcity — we suffer from greed. Together we brought forward legislation to cancel all $1.6 trillion of student debt and pay for it with a small tax on Wall Street speculation.

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“Bernie supports guaranteeing healthcare for all, creating a humane immigration system that doesn’t treat immigrants like criminals, and ending forever wars. He is fighting for the America we deserve — one that collectively works toward a brighter future for every one of us.

Omar wrapped up her endorsement by saying, “For all these reasons and more, I have no doubt that @BernieSanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020. Let’s get him elected!”

Written by Savannah Pointer.

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