It was only a matter of time…
Rep. Ayanna Pressley split with all the other representatives of her so-called “Squad” on Wednesday after a formal announcement of her official presidential endorsement of Sen. Elizabeth Warren in 2020.
“The American people deserve to be represented by elected officials who see them, who listen to them, and who fight for them,” Pressley said in a video posted onto social media. “I have seen Elizabeth in small church basements and in packed gymnasiums, and she is consistent. She never loses sight of the people.”
“You have all heard about the senator’s plans, but here is the thing, the plans are about power — who has it, who refuses to let it go, and who deserves more of it,” she added. “For Elizabeth and for me, power belongs in the hands of the people, that is why she’s fighting for fundamental change that restores power to those who have been left behind and centers those who have never had access to it in the first place.”
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— Ayanna Pressley (@AyannaPressley) November 6, 2019
The endorsement came after the fellow members of her congressional Democrats’ “Squad,” Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, and Rashida Tlaib, all endorsed Warren’s democratic 2020 challenger counterpart, Sen. Bernie Sanders. Both Sanders and Warren are fighting for the far-left lane to win the official Democratic nomination.
As Pressley managed to remain the only member of the quartet not to back Sanders publicly, there was speculation about who would eventually receive her support. On Monday, she disclosed to the Associated Press that various 2020 Democratic candidates — including Warren, Sanders, and even former Vice President Joe Biden — were courting her in an attempt to gain her endorsement.
However, after pressing for her impending endorsement, a spokesperson put out a statement saying that although she “has tremendous respect for her sisters-in-service … these political decisions are ultimately made as individuals.”
Pressley is scheduled to join Warren on her campaign trail later this week, while the hopeful holds a meeting at the North Carolina State University in Raleigh, North Carolina.
As Warren struggles to appeal to African-American voters, Pressley’s support could potentially help her gain black American voters. Within the Democratic Party, Pressley is considered a rising star and the very first black woman to represent Massachusetts in the U.S. Congress.
During the 2018 mid-term election cycle, Pressley managed to win an overwhelming victory when she knocked out 10-term incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano in the Democratic primary. Warren strongly refused to endorse any candidate in the election even though most of the congressional delegation of Massachusetts supported Capuano.
“This election is a fight for the very soul of our nation,” Pressley said. “Elizabeth knows how to fight and she knows how to win. I am proud to call her my senator and I can’t wait to call her our president.”
“Big, structural change can’t wait,” she added. “Let’s get to work.”