Ilhan Omar Introduces Sanders: Tells Crowd to Hold Hands, 'Fight for Somebody We Don't Know'

By Susan Jones | March 3, 2020 | 9:41am EST
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders' revolution. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)
Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) is a staunch supporter of Bernie Sanders' revolution. (Photo by Saul Loeb/AFP via Getty Images)

( - Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) danced to the music at a Bernie Sanders rally, as she prepared to introduce the candidate who will lead the "revolution."

Hello, Minnesota!" Omar said:

Are you all ready for this revolution? Are you ready to fight for someone you don't know?

I want each one of you in the audience to take a quick moment with me. Hold the hand of the person to your right. It's going to be all right. And then, I want you to turn to them and look them in the eye. Don't be shy.  Look at the person to your right.

And then I want you to tell that that you are ready to fight for them. Because -- we do this because while others are gathered tonight to fight our movement, we are gathered to fight for somebody we don't know. Because that is the Minnesota thing to do.

Omar said the theme for Bernie Sanders' campaign is "not me -- us." 

In Minnesota, Omar said, "We build revolutions, we lead a progressive politics, we practice...the politics of joy. And we practice inclusive politics. So as a Minnesotan, I know that we believe that giving is living...”

Omar told the crowd that "Bernie is fighting for us." She said she's "sick and tired of the political establishment and the political pundits that are constantly dismissing what people here in the heartland and across America are fighting for.

“I get sick and tired of hearing them call our progressive, bold ideas as radical.”

When it was his turn, Sen. Bernie Sanders told the crowd, "You're very fortunate indeed to have a great Congresswoman like Ihan.”

Sanders noted that his two former rivals for the Democrat nomination, Pete Buttigieg and Amy Klobuchar, dropped out of the race on Monday.

He told Amy and Pete's supporters, "The door is open. Come on in!”

Sanders also told the crowd that both the "corporate establishment" and the "political establishment" are "getting nervous."

"And they look at rallies like this in St. Paul, and they say, what is going on here? Imagine a Democratic Party in which working people and young people finally have a real voice.”

Sanders said Joe Biden is a "decent guy," but he's "wrong on the issues" and "indebted" to billionaires.

"He is just wrong with regard to his vision for the future."

Sanders made the case that he is the candidate who can defeat Trump because of his grass-roots support.


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