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-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (D-N.Y.) and Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSteyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Gabbard hits DNC over poll criteria for debates The Hill's Campaign Report: Democratic field begins to shrink ahead of critical stretch 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 SandersHickenlooper day-old Senate bid faces pushback from progressives Steyer calls on DNC to expand polling criteria for debates Andrew Yang: News coverage of Trump a 'microcosm' of issues facing country 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