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-CortezOcasio-Cortez says endorsing Sanders early is 'the most authentic decision' she could make Ocasio-Cortez: Sanders' heart attack was a 'gut check' moment Ocasio-Cortez tweets endorsement of Sanders MORE is bringing attention to recent criticism from Rep. Steve KingSteven (Steve) Arnold KingIowa Steak Fry to draw record crowds for Democrats Ocasio-Cortez rips Steve King after he shares video drinking from toilet-fountain hybrid at border Steve King says he drank from toilet at detention center 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 throws support to Sanders at Queens rally Ocasio-Cortez, Monica Lewinsky empathize with Meghan Markle's 'sudden prominence' Krystal Ball reacts to Ocasio-Cortez endorsing Sanders: 'Class power over girl power' MORE. Her underdog campaign was largely backed by small, individual donors. 

She is running in a traditionally blue district.