By Staff Writer Kira Bruce
Oct, 2. 2019 was the day Bernie Sanders suffered from a heart attack. A little over two weeks later more than 25,000 people gathered in Queens at the Bernie’s Back rally and to watch as Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez endorsed Sanders as the democratic nominee.
Many people have criticized Sanders’s age, after his heart attack I think Bernie really wanted to prove how resilient he is even though he is 76 years old. That’s why he is coming back with a bang after many though his campaign would be over.
AOC is not the only powerful women from the house who has decided to endorse Sanders in his run for President. Ilhan Omar has also made her support of Bernie Sanders publically known after the Democratic debate in Ohio.
Omar said this about Sanders, “[he is] the only candidate who has built a movement and continues to build a movement that transcends gender, ethnicity, and religion”.
Also, Rashida Tlaib is slated to join Sanders at a rally in her hometown, Detroit, Michigan. There are reports that this information wasn’t supposed to be released to the public.
Tlaib said in a report to the Detroit Free Press, “I have not made any endorsement at this time”. I find it odd that she’s going so far as to tell the press she still hasn’t endorsed Sanders when they will be at a rally together this weekend.
I guess she wants to endorse him for the first time at the rally, or perhaps she will be like Ayanna Pressley and hold off on endorsing entirely.
Pressley said she’s not saying that she doesn’t agree with the other women who announced their endorsements. She says she fully supports their actions, yet, she feels as though she needs to think for herself before thinking about putting forward an endorsement.
“Ayanna has tremendous respect for her sisters-in-service,” a spokesperson for her campaign said.
The spokesperson continued saying, “Ultimately, these political decisions are made as individuals. Ayanna knows that taking back the White House in 2020 is a top priority, and she is working every day to hold this Administration accountable and build a bold, diverse movement that will help propel Democrats to victory up and down the ballot.”
Many center left liberals were highly surprised of the endorsement on Twitter. Why were these young women of color endorsing an old white man? However Bernie Sanders, more than any other candidate (and especially more than Joe Biden) for the advancement of the rights of people like Illhan Omar and Alexandria Ocasio Cortez. If only for their political opinions, Bernie Sanders’s 2016 political election opened the discourse that set the stage for these women to run.
Socially as well as politically, Bernie Sanders is miles ahead of the other 2020 DNC candidates, he is the only candidate to get arrested while protesting for civil rights. While we’re on the subject, years before Pete Buttipieg was old enough to be a gay man in the military, Bernie Sanders was on the senate floor fighting for the repeal of Don’t Ask Don’t Tell.
So, as of Oct. 24 only half of the squad has endorsed Sanders. But, it seems like he is benefitting from it nonetheless.
Sanders is in 2nd place within the margin of error in polls. He could very well be the Democratic nominee. He is in 1st place amongst young voters who’s voting turnout eclipsed that of boomers.
Young adults are really the largest voting power to date and Bernie has been trying to harness this power during both of his campaigns for President.
Rashiba Talib has also endorsed Bernie since October 28th.