Democratic presidential candidate Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) received endorsements from at least two members of “The Squad” for his White House race.
The Sanders campaign confirmed on Tuesday, Oct. 15, that Democratic Rep. Ilhan Omar of Minnesota decided to endorse Sanders for president.
The campaign posted Omar’s endorsement announcement on its Twitter on Tuesday, in which she wrote, “Bernie is leading a working-class movement to defeat Donald Trump that transcends generation, ethnicity, and geography.”
“I believe Bernie Sanders is the best candidate to take on Donald Trump in 2020,” read the statement that Omar retweeted on her own Twitter account.
— People for Bernie (@People4Bernie) October 16, 2019
The Associated Press, citing the campaign, reported that Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) also backed Sanders for his presidential bid.
Omar and Ocasio-Cortez are members of “the Squad,” which also includes Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.). They are four progressive freshman members of the House and frequent targets of President Trump.
According to CNN, Tlaib is expected to endorse Sanders as well.
The endorsements from the Squad members would help the 78-year-old Sanders attract young voters as the top three Democrats in the polls are all senior citizens. Beside Sanders, the other two runners are former Vice President Joe Biden, 76, and Sen. Elizabeth Warren, 70.
However, Sanders has been facing questions over his health since he wound up in a Las Vegas hospital early this month for treatment of a blocked artery in his heart.