Nina Turner says progressive Democrats who won primaries need to 'keep up the pressure'

Nina Turner, the former co-chairwoman for Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersTrump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip The Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response Ex-Sanders aide says Biden unity task forces need to go farther MORE's (I-Vt.) presidential campaign, says the progressive Democrats who won in recent primary elections need to “keep up the pressure” on liberal causes if elected in November. 

“They’ve got to keep up the pressure. They’re duly elected just like the neoliberals in that Congress,” Turner said Thursday on The Hill.TV’s “Rising.” 

“They were sent there, [Jamaal] Bowman and others, were sent there to shake things up,” she added, referring to the former middle school principal who declared victory over longtime Rep. Eliot EngelEliot Lance EngelChina must be held accountable for its egregious actions against Hong Kong Voice of America not extending foreign journalists' visas: report New York candidates left on hold as primary results trickle in MORE (D-N.Y.) this week. “Who cares if they get upset — they being the leadership.” 

Turner said progressives “coming in on this wave better stand strong.”

“Because the people are sending a message: Either do what we’re asking you to do, stand up for us, or there will be a consequence,” she said. 

In addition to Bowman’s win, Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTrump tweets his support for Goya Foods amid boycott Hispanic Caucus requests meeting with private detention center CEOs Trump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip MORE (D-N.Y.), the progressive who beat longtime incumbent Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in 2018, easily defeated a more moderate challenger in Tuesday's election. 

In Kentucky, progressive challenger Charles Booker is running against Amy McGrath in the Democratic primary to take on Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnellAddison (Mitch) Mitchell McConnellHillicon Valley: Facebook considers political ad ban | Senators raise concerns over civil rights audit | Amazon reverses on telling workers to delete TikTok Ernst: Renaming Confederate bases is the 'right thing to do' despite 'heck' from GOP Advocacy groups pressure Senate to reconvene and boost election funding MORE (R-Ky.). The race has yet to be called. Booker drew national attention in the last weeks of the campaign over his response to and participation in protests over police brutality.