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Ex-cult member explains how she got sucked into a right-wing group — and her ‘beyond terrifying’ experience of trying to flee

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Lisa Kohn, a former member of the Unification Church cult led by self-proclaimed Messiah Sun Myung Moon, has opened up about her “beyond terrifying” experience of leaving the church while she was just a college student.

Moon, who died in 2012 and who founded the right-wing Washington Times newspaper, allegedly used sleep deprivation to help keep mental control over his followers — and to convince them to hand him control of their personal finances.

Kohn explains that she was taken into the cult by her mother at a very young age and she said she found it “intoxicating” to be part of an organization that offered her a simple, unquestionable version of the “truth.”

“The Church felt safer, and I felt safer having structure and knowing that there was a Truth and we had found it,” she writes.

However, she began questioning the church as a teenager before finally deciding to make a break with it while a college student. Leaving the church wasn’t easy, however, as she found herself without the belief system she’d held since she was a child.

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“Without realizing what I was doing, I tried to punish myself for deserting God and the Messiah through anorexia, cocaine addiction, and my own abusive relationships, to name a few,” she writes. “But somehow I had a will to survive. I started eating again before my anorexia was incurable, stopped using cocaine when I realized I was looking for it every day and found the strength to leave my alcoholic fiancé and start anew.”

Kohn’s full book about her experience in the Unification Church is called “To the Moon and Back: A Childhood Under the Influence.”

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Republicans in Congress are angry about Trump’s latest racist comments — but not because they’re racist

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There can be no denying that amid the firestorm from President Donald Trump tweeting that Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Rashida Tlaib (D-MI), Ilhan Omar (D-MN), and Ayanna Pressley (D-MA) should "go back where they came from," Republicans in Congress are upset.

However, as many of them make clear in conversation with reporters, the fact that these comments were racist is not the main reason they are angry at the president. Rather, they are frustrated that his comments are hogging the news cycle, which leaves them incapable of discussing their agenda — and of criticizing the agenda of the Democratic representatives he targeted.

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George Conway declares ‘Trump is a racist president’ in brutal Washington Post column

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Prominent Republican attorney George Conway blasted President Donald Trump in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Monday evening.

Conway explained how he avoided thinking of Trump as a racist, despite the president's actions.

"No, I thought, President Trump was boorish, dim-witted, inarticulate, incoherent, narcissistic and insensitive. He’s a pathetic bully but an equal-opportunity bully — in his uniquely crass and crude manner, he’ll attack anyone he thinks is critical of him. No matter how much I found him ultimately unfit, I gave still him the benefit of the doubt about being a racist. No matter how much I came to dislike him, I didn’t want to think that the president of the United States is a racial bigot," he explained.

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‘He’s the one who hates our country’: Rep. Rashida Tlaib rips Trump’s ‘failed presidency’

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Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) ripped President Donald Trump for his "failed presidency" during an interview on CNN following her press conference with the three other young women of color in Congress known as "The Squad."

"You’re a child of immigrants here to the United States," CNN anchor Wolf Blitzer noted. "I’m a child of immigrants here to the United States as well. And all of us can relate specifically to what’s going on, because I’m sure you’ve heard basically most of your life go back where you came from."

"As you point out, you are the first of two Muslim women to serve in the United States Congress. Why do you think President Trump specifically chose to paint the two of you as disloyal?" Blitzer asked.

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