Democratic presidential candidate Martin O'Malley touted criticism from GOP candidate Donald Trump -- and the National Rifle Association -- in a fundraising email on Friday, noting that he is "proud to stand with those who have the guts to stand up to him."
Trump, who is leading the GOP field, described O'Malley as a "disgusting, little, weak, pathetic baby" in a Fox News interview. Trump's ire was ostensibly drawn by the fact that the two-term Maryland governor apologized for saying that "all lives matter" after he was confronted by Black Lives Matter protesters earlier this year.
Trump's comments came days after O'Malley held a news conference at the billionaire's hotel in Las Vegas to call attention to workers there who are attempting to unionize. Trump's criticism is likely to serve O'Malley, bringing attention to a candidate who is lagging behind front-runner Hillary Clinton and Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders.
O'Malley also called attention to the NRA's decision to feature him on a cover of one its magazines. The magazine's headline was "Martin O'Malley: Menace in the Second."
"The attacks on me are rolling in," O'Malley notes in the fundraising solicitation. "We're gaining momentum and I need your help to show these guys we're not afraid — that we stand by our progressive values."