Dem pollster: 'It's interesting' conservatives pick progressive women as their foils

Democratic pollster Pia Nargundkar on Friday highlighted conservatives' interest in attacking progressives women like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez calls for Stephen Miller to resign over leaked emails Ocasio-Cortez meets Sasha Velour following DC performance Sanders 'very concerned about what appears to be a coup' in Bolivia MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Energy: BLM staff face choice of relocation or resignation as agency moves | Trump says he's 'very much into climate' | EPA rule would expand limits on scientific studies Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE (D-Mass.), adding that progressive men like Sen. Bernier Sanders (I-Vt.) do not get the same sort of attention. 

"I think it's interesting that their foil is not Bernie SandersBernie SandersDemocrats worry they don't have right candidate to beat Trump Overnight Health Care: Top health official defends contract payments to Trump allies | Vaping advocates confident Trump will turn from flavor ban | Sanders gets endorsement from nurses union Krystal Ball credits Gabbard's upswing in 2020 race to 'feckless' Democratic establishment MORE, who's been an outspoken man who had some of the same ideas that Elizabeth Warren or Ocasio-Cortez have," Nargundkar, a senior associate at ALG Research, told Hill.TV's Jamal Simmons on "What America's Thinking." 

"But it's these two women who are in particular dominating the coverage at Fox," she continued.  

Conservatives, as well as right-leaning media outlets, have taken aim at Ocasio-Cortez in particular, attacking her progressive ideas. 

The freshman congresswoman has hit back against attacks, saying conservative outlets are "obsessed" with her. 

"I mean, it's weird, why are so many grown men obsessed with this 29-year-old?" Ocasio-Cortez told “Late Night with Seth Meyers,” adding that the network's coverage of her was like "lunacy." 

"It is funny because one of the side effects of this Fox News lunacy is that other actual members of Congress believe it and see it uncritically,” she said. 

— Julia Manchester