U.S. Rep. Ayanna Pressley is endorsing U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren for president — throwing her support behind her Massachusetts colleague while breaking rank with her fellow “Squad” members.
“At a time when so many people find their lives threatened and their dreams denied, we need bold, compassionate leaders who put power back in the hands of people. 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,” Pressley said in a statement Wednesday.
Pressley will join Warren on the campaign trail in North Carolina on Thursday.
“Elizabeth listens to the voices of community; in church basements and in packed gymnasiums, she has heard the stories of families who are struggling, and she has responded with activism, visionary policies, and community-led plans,” Pressley continued. “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. We find ourselves in a fight for the soul of our nation, and I know Elizabeth can win it.”
Pressley chose loyalty to her home state senator rather than following in the footsteps of the other three minority freshmen congresswomen who comprise “the Squad” — U.S. Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — who have all endorsed Warren’s main progressive rival for the Democratic nomination, U.S. Sen. Bernie Sanders of Vermont.
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