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‘The future is female’: Designers at New York Fashion Week use the runway for political statements

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Fashion designers made a political statement during New York’s Fashion Week by sending models down the runway with feminist shirts and “Make America New York” hats.

Designer Prabal Gurung opened the show with sophisticated attire, but closed it with a statement about President Donald Trump’s recent proposed policies. Models donned shirts that read, “The Future is Female,” “3 Million,” and “Nevertheless, she persisted.”

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Gurung told CNN in a phone interview, “We’re living in this day and age and time when we are questioning, and should be questioning, what is our responsibility, our part, our action,” when asked about the shirts. “It’s the right thing to do. That’s how we all feel. It is basic human decency. There is nothing political about it.”

He also noted that he had not received any backlash from “retail partners like Bergdorfs, Saks, Neiman, Nordstrom.” Nordstrom recently dropped Ivanka Trump‘s brand over boycotts. Instead, Gurung told CNN he’s gotten the “best reaction” from the aforementioned partners, adding, “Everyone was excited. It was truly about calling the world together.”

Steven Kolb, the president of the Council of Fashion Designers of America, told CNN that fashion has always been political, “but maybe it’s more amplified now because of this election we just came out of.”

New Yorkers Dao-Yi Chow and Maxwell Osborne designed a new Public School clothing line (described as “street-savvy clothing) and were the masterminds behind the “Make America New York” red hats. They also designed hoodies with the words “We Need Leaders” on the back.

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Trump campaign mocked after unveiling new red hats: ‘Do you have arm bands as well?’

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President Donald Trump's 2016 "Make America Great Again" hats have been replaced with new "Keep America Great" hats.

Trump re-election campaign manager Brad Parscale modeled one of the hats on Twitter.

Here is some of what people were saying:

https://twitter.com/LazarusLeBaron/status/1165430924093165568

Here I made an arm band design for you pic.twitter.com/inTyqVi2wo

— Christopher Goodwin (@LazarusLeBaron) August 25, 2019

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‘This will not end well’: Far-right extremism expert warns of Trump’s intensifying authoritarianism

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An expert on the far-right in America warned of President Donald Trump's "genuinely dangerous levels" of authoritarianism on Saturday.

Author David Neiwert posted a long Twitter thread on the commander-in-chief's "Social Dominance Orientation" -- and warned it will not end well.

Neiwert is the author of the 2017 book Alt-America: The Rise of the Radical Right in the Age of Trump.

Here is the thread he posted:

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428067138846720

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165428524808724480

https://twitter.com/DavidNeiwert/status/1165429018486702081

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Ilhan Omar trolls GOP lawmakers ‘losing their minds’ over sharing the House floor with three Muslim Democrats

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One of the first Muslim women elected to Congress trolled her GOP colleagues for "losing their minds" over the existence of three Muslims in the House of Representatives.

The three Muslims in Congress are Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN), Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) and Rep. André Carson (D-IN), with Omar and Tlaib being the first to Muslim women in the body

Rep. Mo Brooks (R-AL) worried about the "growing influence" during an appearance on a local radio station.

Intercept columnist Mehdi Hasan posted a link to the interview on Twitter, calling it "open bigotry."

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