All four members of 'The Squad' were re-elected to Congress

Erica Gonzales
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Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI - Getty Images
Photo credit: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI - Getty Images

From Harper's BAZAAR

While we wait for the presidential election results in a nail-biter race, at least there's some good news to relish in so far: all four members of 'The Squad' were re-elected to Congress.

Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota, Ayanna Pressley of Massachusetts, and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan all won their respective races. CNN reported that none of them faced significant challenges in their re-election bids. Ocasio-Cortez ran against two opponents, but for her historically Democratic seat in the Bronx, she secured an overwhelming win, even though her Republican challenger raised nearly $10 million.

The group of lawmakers first took office in 2019 after each scoring historic wins. Ocasio-Cortez was the youngest person elected to Congress, then at age 29. Pressley became Massachusetts's first Black woman elected to Congress. Tlaib became the first Palestinian-American woman to serve in Congress. She and Omar, the first Somali-American Congress member, were the first two Muslim women elected to Congress.

Since then, they've gained renown for elevating progressive issues and representing women of colour in government. However, they've also been targeted with insults from conservatives and President Donald Trump, who used the phrase "AOC plus three" during the presidential debates, as well as told them to "go back" to "the crime-infested places from which they came" last summer.

Despite the naysayers, last night's election results prove that the support for 'The Squad' is strong. Omar celebrated the group's collective win on Twitter, writing: "Our sisterhood is resilient."

She also graciously responded to her own win: "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."

Pressley wrote of her own win: "Together, we have fought for our shared humanity. We have organised. We have mobilised. We have legislated our values. I am so proud to be your Congresswoman and your partner in the work. I believe in the power of us. And we’re just getting started."

Ocasio-Cortez tweeted: "Serving NY-14 and fighting for working class families in Congress has been the greatest honour, privilege, and responsibility of my life. 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 said it best when she responded to a tweet saying that she's "heading back to Washington." She replied: "Yes I am. Move out the way, I got work to do."

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