According to a new report from Wapo, Bernie Sanders will be endorsed by freshman lawmaker and media sensation Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who will appear at an event with him this weekend.
USAToday reports Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., plans to endorse Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and appear with him at an event this weekend.
A person with knowledge of the plans confirmed the endorsement to USA TODAY. The Washington Post had first reported the planned endorsement.
Sanders had promoted the rally, which will take place in Queens, New York, during the debate, along with the promise of a “special guest.”
Ocasio-Cortez’s district includes part of Queens. The two also interacted on Twitter during the debate.
“Tax the rich,” she tweeted, during a debate over income inequality.
The Sanders campaign then quoted her tweet with the comment, “When we are in the White House, that is exactly what we will do.”
The New York congresswoman and liberal firebrand was an organizer for Sanders’ 2016 presidential campaign when the senator’s insurgent campaign in the Democratic primary caught fire against establishment pick Hillary Clinton.
The endorsement by the outspoken progressive could help the Sanders campaign, which has recently lagged in polls amid the rise of Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., and questions about Sanders’ health after he had a heart attack.