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

Rep.-elect Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyOmar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy Overnight Health Care: Fauci clashes with Paul - again | New York reaches .1B settlement with opioid distributors | Delta variant accounts for 83 percent of US COVID-19 cases Duckworth, Pressley introduce bill to provide paid family leave for those who experience miscarriage 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-CortezJD Vance takes aim at culture wars, childless politicians Poll: 73 percent of Democratic voters would consider voting for Biden in the 2024 primary On The Money: Yellen to Congress: Raise the debt ceiling or risk 'irreparable harm' | Frustration builds as infrastructure talks drag MORE (D-N.Y.) and Rep.-elect Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarOvernight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia US launches second Somalia strike in week Omar reflects on personal experiences with hate in making case for new envoy 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.”