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Ilhan Omar calls Bernie Sanders 2020 exit both ‘setback’ and ‘opportunity’ for liberal moment

Ilhan Omar calls Bernie Sanders 2020 exit both 'setback' and 'opportunity' for liberal moment


Rep. Ilhan Omar said she still wants to “fight like hell” to prevent President Trump’s reelection even though Sen. Bernie Sanders ended his presidential campaign.

“Today, our movement faces a setback,” the Minnesota Democrat said Wednesday after news broke that the Vermont senator was dropping out of the White House race. “But every single setback is an opportunity to push for progress.”

“We always knew it would not happen overnight. But I know our cause is just. And I am more committed than ever to fighting for somebody I don’t know,” the top Sanders surrogate added. “For those of you who plan to sit this election out or vote for Trump, just stop. The livelihoods of millions of marginalized people are at stake. We must all fight like hell to get Donald Trump out of the White House and end the rise of fascism in this country.”

Sanders announced Wednesday morning that he would no longer be seeking the 2020 Democratic presidential nomination after successive primary losses to former Vice President Joe Biden.

“I wish I could give you better news, but I think you know the truth, and that is that we are now some 300 delegates behind Vice President Biden, and the path toward victory is virtually impossible,” he told his supporters in a livestream address.

In his address, Sanders suggested that the coronavirus pandemic helped shorten his campaign by hampering rallies and voter contact efforts.

Omar, along with fellow “Squad” members Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, endorsed Sanders in October.


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