Incoming Dem challenges party to make 'lasting, transformative change'

Rep.-elect Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' It's past time to be rid of the legacy of Jesse Helms Minneapolis Star Tribune endorses Ilhan Omar's primary challenger MORE (D-Mass.) on Tuesday said Democrats' midterm victories in House races “altered the course of history," but she also challenged Democrats not to simply be content with those victories.

According to audio obtained by BuzzFeed News, Pressley told a group of Democratic donors at a Democratic National Committee fundraising meeting that Democrats need to consider whether "we are simply content with making history, or if want to commit ourselves to working together to make a lasting, transformative change.”

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Pressley was elected to the House this fall after she defeated incumbent Rep. Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) in a primary in September. No Republican challenged Pressley in the November general election.

Pressley on Tuesday pointed to victories by women and women of color — such as herself, Rep.-elect Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocrats hammer Trump for entertaining false birther theory about Harris Overnight Energy: EPA finalizes rollback of Obama-era oil and gas methane emissions standards | Democratic lawmakers ask Interior to require masks indoors at national parks | Harris climate agenda stresses need for justice Markey riffs on JFK quote in new ad touting progressive bona fides MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep.-elect Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOcasio-Cortez celebrates 'squad' primary victories: 'The people triumphed' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - The choice: Biden-Harris vs. Trump-Pence Omar fends off primary challenge in Minnesota MORE (D-Minn.) — as something that has "restored hope for many," according to BuzzFeed.

But she also said Democrats must "ask the tough questions" about whether the party has provided women "with the institutional support so we can break through more glass and concrete ceilings as rapidly as possible."

“Do black lives only matter in election years when our votes are at stake?” she also asked the donors.

Pressley also reportedly told members of the audience that she didn't mind if she made anyone uncomfortable, as long as it was "in the name and in pursuit of progress."

“Those young people are demanding and expecting more from me. And I owe it to them," she added. "I ran to fight for the ignored, the left out and the left behind. And that is not only true for the electorate. Together we’ll do that work beginning with our own party.”