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-CortezOVERNIGHT ENERGY: Trump strips protections for Tongass forest, opening it to logging | Interior 'propaganda' video and tweets may violate ethics laws, experts say | Democrats see Green New Deal yielding gains despite GOP attacks Ocasio-Cortez says she doesn't plan on 'staying in the House forever' Ocasio-Cortez: 'Trump is the racist visionary, but McConnell gets the job done' MORE is bringing attention to recent criticism from Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingDemocrats lead in 3 of 4 Iowa House races: poll Hillicon Valley: House votes to condemn QAnon | Americans worried about foreign election interference | DHS confirms request to tap protester phones House approves measure condemning QAnon, but 17 Republicans vote against it 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."  


"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) CrowleyHillicon Valley: Election officials prepare for new Russian interference battle | 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy | GOP senators unveil bill to update tech liability protections 'Markeyverse' of online fans helps take down a Kennedy The Hill's Campaign Report: Trump visits Kenosha | Primary day in Massachusetts | GOP eyes Minnesota as a battleground MORE. Her underdog campaign was largely backed by small, individual donors. 

She is running in a traditionally blue district.