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-CortezDemocrats working to ensure Trump's second term Ocasio-Cortez announces slate of all-female congressional endorsements Ocasio-Cortez defends Warren against 'misogynist trope' MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Bloomberg unveils billboards to troll Trump ahead of campaign stops John Legend joining Warren in South Carolina next week: report 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 SandersPoll: Bloomberg stalls after Vegas debate Prominent Texas Latina endorses Warren Bloomberg campaign: Vandalism at Tennessee office 'echoes language from the Sanders campaign and its supporters' 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