Left-wing journalist Doug Henwood recently asserted the following about Bernie Sanders:
Without his candidacy, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez [...] wouldn’t be in Congress, neither would her colleagues Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib.
I accept that this is true of Ocasio-Cortez. As this article from Insider describes, she got involved in electoral politics through the Sanders campaign, and was supported by Brand New Congress which emerged from same.
But is Henwood right about the others? Were there any comparable links between the 2018 Congressional election campaigns of Omar and Tlaib and the 2016 Sanders presidential campaign? Or is there at least good evidence that they benefited significantly in some more indirect way?