Democratic Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and Ilhan Omar are endorsing Bernie Sanders for president.
The Sanders campaign confirmed the backing of two members of The Squad on Tuesday.
US GDP is at an all-time high. As a nation, we are more prosperous than we ever have been.
But that’s simply not the lived truth. Even now, I’m paid similar to a doctor or corporate lawyer – many who‘d think they are “rich,” but it’s nowhere near what we actually mean in policy.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) May 11, 2019
The endorsements are a major boon for the 78-year-old Vermont senator, who has faced questions over his health since suffering a heart attack two weeks ago.
The 30-year-old Ms Ocasio-Cortez and 38-year-old Ms Omar are progressive stars and frequent targets of President Donald Trump.
Thank you Senator @SenSanders for your partnership in addressing childhood hunger.
When our children have empty stomachs, they can’t learn.
Working class families are struggling to make ends meet and we need to help lift this financial burden and feed the future! https://t.co/j4IpMH3Jmu
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) October 16, 2019
Mr Sanders’ deputy communications director Sarah Ford said Ms Ocasio-Cortez will appear with the senator at a rally in her home district in New York this weekend.
Mr Sanders hinted at her backing during Tuesday’s Democratic debate in response to a question about his age, saying his sceptics should attend his Saturday rally featuring a “surprise guest”.