Ilhan Omar, Bernie Sanders suddenly change rally venue in anticipation of huge crowd – Report

Omar and Sanders

Because of the high demand to attend, the rally featuring presidential candidate Sen. Bernie Sanders and Minnesota Congresswoman Ilhan Omar has been moved to Williams Arena, in the state of Minnesota, according to Sanders campaign officials.

The event was originally scheduled to be held at Northop Auditorium. Williams Arena is a much bigger venue with a seating capacity of more than 14,000, while Northrop tops out at 2,700, according to the University of Minnesota

Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders and Minnesota U.S. Rep. Ilhan Omar plan appear together at the Nov. 3 rally. This is Sanders’ first visit to the state since this summer, when he campaigned at the State Fair.

Omar is a first-term congresswoman from Minneapolis, and was one of three freshman Democrats who recently endorsed Sanders’ campaign for president in 2020. The others include New York Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who held a rally with Sanders in Queens last week. Rep. Rashida Tlaib, a Democrat from Michigan, also endorsed Sanders and is holding a rally with him in Detroit.

Omar and Sanders have joined on legislation together in Washington, including a bill to make public college tuition free. They also co-sponsored legislation to provide free breakfast, lunch, and dinner to every student and prohibit schools that participate in federal school meal program from denying meals to kids.

“I have seen the values that motivate him — and his commitment to building a movement that represents marginalized communities across this country,” Omar said in a statement announcing her endorsement. “Bernie is leading a working class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity, and geography.”

The rallies are intended to energize the progressive base around Sanders’ presidential campaign as he is falling behind Elizabeth Warren in the polls. Omar and others have taken some heat from Democrats for making endorsements in a race where more than a dozen candidates are still vying for the nomination.

The rally will be held Sunday, November 3 at 6 p.m.

Tickets are free and open to the public.

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