A prominent member of the so-called “squad” of progressive female congresswomen often ridiculed by President Donald Trump broke ranks with her colleagues Wednesday and announced that she was endorsing Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) for president instead of Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.).
In a video posted to Twitter, Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) called the 2020 election a “fight for the soul of the nation” and Warren, a senator from Massachusetts, “knows how to fight.”
Big structural change can’t wait. pic.twitter.com/8Sanof9COD— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) November 6, 2019
“You’ve all heard about the senator’s plans but here’s the thing: The plans are about power, who has it, who refuses to let it go, and who deserves more of it,” Pressley said. “For Elizabeth and for me, power belongs in the hands of the people. That’s why she’s fighting for fundamental change that restores power to those who’ve been left behind, and centers those who’ve never had access to it in the first place.”
The other members of the Squad — Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) and Rashida Tlaib (D-Mich.) — all endorsed Sanders last month.
Washington insiders said the move was not totally unexpected given that both politicians call Massachusetts home.
Squad split will get national headlines, but this isn't surprising. Pressley was Clinton surrogate in 16, never the same origin story as AOC/Omar/Tlaib— Steadman™ (@AsteadWesley) November 6, 2019
This is about Mass., and will aid speculation that Pressley is heir apparent for Warren Senate seat https://t.co/7C7aOt4z1z
A new poll released Wednesday found Warren, Sanders and former Vice President Joe Biden in what amounts to a dead heat at the top of the crop of Democratic contenders. The Monmouth University poll has Biden and Warren tied at 23 percent each, with Sanders trailing at 20 percent.