In a very on-brand move for calendar year 2020, the US election that everyone thought would result in a landslide victory for Joe Biden is going completely haywire, with President Donald Trump taking some of the biggest key swing states early in the race, data that’s still too close to call, and both candidates in with a real shot at winning.
As our initial shock turns to confusion, anger and dismay, at least we have one thing to keep our spirits as high as can be when a Right-wing supremacist might be re-elected at President: All four of the progressive Democratic women, dubbed ‘The Squad’, have all won re-elections to the House of Representatives in their respective districts.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan will return to their seats in the US Congress. The four women of color, who endured frequent racism and derision from President Trump, will return to Capitol Hill and will even be joined by two new squad members: Jamaal Bowman, a Black middle-school principal, and Cori Bush, a Black Lives Matter activist, who won their elections in New York and Missouri, respectively.
On Tuesday night, Omar tweeted photos of herself, Ocasio-Cortez, Pressley, and Tlaib, writing, “Our sisterhood is resilient.”
Our sisterhood is resilient. pic.twitter.com/IfLtsvLEdx
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) November 4, 2020
“Serving New York-14 and fighting for working-class families in Congress has been the greatest honor, privilege and responsibility of my life,” Ocasio-Cortez said. “Thank you to the Bronx and Queens for re-electing me to the House despite the millions spent against us, and trusting me to represent you once more.”
Tlaib, who was re-elected to represent Michigan’s 13th Congressional district, tweeted, “#Detroit: I love you so much.”
Omar, meanwhile, wrote, “We are building a movement that sees my struggle as inherently tied to your struggle, and sees a world where all workers can be uplifted. Together. Today’s vote – the results of this election – are not the end. This is just the beginning.”
In a speech after her victory, Pressley thanked supporters, telling them, “It is possible to legislate justice and accountability, people over profit, joy over trauma, freedom over fear. Yes, it is possible to write budgets that actually value Black lives. We are writing the next chapter of this nation’s history, together, right now.”
Right now, all we can do is dream of the day when AOC is President.