Progressive group fundraising off Pelosi's criticism of Ocasio-Cortez

Progressive group fundraising off Pelosi's criticism of Ocasio-Cortez
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A progressive advocacy group on Monday sent out a fundraising request over Speaker Nancy PelosiNancy PelosiOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Deal on defense bill proves elusive | Hill, Holmes offer damaging testimony | Trump vows to block Navy from ousting officer from SEALs On The Money: Trump signs short-term spending bill to avoid shutdown | Pelosi casts doubt on USMCA deal in 2019 | California high court strikes down law targeting Trump tax returns Wasserman Schultz makes bid for House Appropriations Committee gavel MORE’s (D-Calif.) criticism of four freshman House Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Steyer, Biden clash over climate credentials MORE (N.Y.), who voted against a border aid bill backed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpWatergate prosecutor says that Sondland testimony was 'tipping point' for Trump In private moment with Trump, Justice Kennedy pushed for Kavanaugh Supreme Court nomination: book Obama: 'Everybody needs to chill out' about differences between 2020 candidates MORE.

The fundraising letter from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee praised Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyWarren speech in Georgia interrupted by pro-charter school protesters Poll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren Ayanna Pressley introduces extensive criminal justice reform resolution MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Booker responds to Onion article mocking Buttigieg over stock photo MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibPoll: Biden and Sanders tied nationally, followed by Warren More than 100 Democrats sign letter calling for Stephen Miller to resign Hillicon Valley: Progressives oppose funding bill over surveillance authority | Senators call for 5G security coordinator | Facebook gets questions over location tracking | Louisiana hit by ransomware attack MORE (Mich.) for “chang[ing] the entire national debate.”

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“Unlike Pelosi, they are leading the national conversation — in a bold and inspiring direction. Unlike Pelosi, they're standing up to Trump,” the email says.

The pitch criticizes Pelosi for, among other things, holding firm against the idea of impeaching Trump.

“It's been proven that many voters still have no idea what crimes Trump actually committed, and impeachment would bring that to light. But instead, thanks in part to Pelosi's lack of leadership, Trump just achieved his highest approval ratings ever in ABC's poll,” it states.

In an interview with The New York Times’s Maureen Dowd last week, Pelosi dismissed the four freshman representatives, saying that while they “have their public whatever and their Twitter world,” the lawmakers were “four people and that’s how many votes they got.”

Ocasio-Cortez responded on Twitter on Saturday, writing “That public 'whatever' is called public sentiment. And wielding the power to shift it is how we actually achieve meaningful change in this country."

She also defended herself and her fellow progressives Monday, noting several previous dismissive comments by Pelosi and adding “Having respect for ourselves doesn’t mean we lack respect for her. It means we won’t let everyday people be dismissed.”

Pelosi’s office did not immediately respond to a request for comment from The Hill.