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-CortezOmar responds to 'send her back' chant with Maya Angelou quote Trump blasts minority Democrats, rally crowd chants 'send her back' Trump refers to Ocasio-Cortez as just 'Cortez' because it 'takes too much time' to say full name MORE is bringing attention to recent criticism from Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingYoung Turks reporter tricks Steve King into tweeting about 'A Few Good Men' villain Holocaust survivor who offered to tour Auschwitz with Ocasio-Cortez calls for her to 'be removed from Congress' Liz Cheney hits back at Ocasio-Cortez over concentration camp comments: 'This isn't model Congress' 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 gets new Republican challenger: report CBC lawmakers rip Justice Democrats for targeting black lawmakers for primaries Justice Democrats issues 3 new endorsements for progressive candidates MORE. Her underdog campaign was largely backed by small, individual donors. 

She is running in a traditionally blue district.