Ocasio-Cortez fundraises off criticism from Steve King

Ocasio-Cortez fundraises off criticism from Steve King
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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezAyanna Pressley's 'squad' of congresswomen offers support after she opens up about alopecia Here are the 10 senators who voted against Trump's North American trade deal Artist paints Michelle Obama, other women as battered in campaign against domestic violence MORE is bringing attention to recent criticism from Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingWith surge in anti-Semitism, political leaders need to be aggressive and reflective in response Steve King challenger: 2020 Democrats have 'huge' opportunity to win over rural America Author sues NY Times after it calls him a 'white nationalist' MORE (R-Iowa) in a campaign email seeking donations. 

King tweeted at the New York Democrat last week to take up a Holocaust remembrance group's offer to tour Auschwitz amid controversy over Ocasio-Cortez's comparison of migrant detention centers at the southern border to concentration camps. 

The Democratic socialist was quick to point out King's reported meeting with neo-Nazi groups during his trip to Holocaust sites, saying his party stripped him of committee assignments because he was "too racist even for them."  

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"Before making any comment on anti-semitism and racism, Steve King should look in the mirror. Last year, King was stripped of all of his committee assignments after brazenly defending white nationalism — in reality, he should have resigned," Ocasio-Cortez's campaign said in an email. "No Republican — especially Steve King — can force this campaign to stop speaking truth to power. We’ve build a movement that will fight for justice in all of its forms."

King's office has not returned a request for comment from The Hill. 

The email directs voters to donate $3 ahead of a June 30 Federal Election Commission deadline. 

"That’s why we’re fighting for a positive vision of this nation — one where every community is welcome, where no one is demonized to fulfill a political agenda, and a nation where no children are kept in inhumane cages," the campaign said in the email. 

Ocasio-Cortez faced some backlash last week, mainly from Republicans, for calling the detention centers concentration camps on Instagram Live. She has not backtracked from her comparison. 

Ocasio-Cortez will face reelection in 2020 after a surprise victory in a Democratic primary against powerful New York Democrat Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyOcasio-Cortez defends decision not to pay dues to House Democratic campaign arm Hill.TV's Krystal Ball says Ocasio-Cortez has become a force in Democratic Party Ocasio-Cortez: 'In any other country Joe Biden and I would not be in the same party' MORE. Her underdog campaign was largely backed by small, individual donors. 

She is running in a traditionally blue district.