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 Pelosi11 Essential reads you missed this week Pelosi asks Democrats for 'leverage' on impeachment Is there internet life after thirty? MORE’s (D-Calif.) criticism of four freshman House Democrats, including Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' The Memo: Dangers loom for Trump on immigration Students retreating from politics as campuses become progressive playgrounds MORE (N.Y.), who voted against a border aid bill backed by President TrumpDonald John TrumpGraham: America must 'accept the pain that comes in standing up to China' Weld 'thrilled' more Republicans are challenging Trump New data challenges Trump's economic narrative MORE.

The fundraising letter from the Progressive Change Campaign Committee praised Ocasio-Cortez and Democratic Reps. Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota Poll: Voters split on whether it's acceptable for Israel to deny Omar, Tlaib visas MORE (Mass.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Trump to return to North Carolina to stump for special election candidate Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota MORE (Minn.) and Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibTlaib says Trump 'scared' of 'Squad' Michigan city declines to renew contract with ICE to hold detainees Former GOP Rep. Jason Lewis says he'll challenge Tina Smith in Minnesota 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.