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Amal Clooney’s passionate UN speech blasts Trump for attacks on the media while journalists are being assassinated

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Human rights attorney Amal Clooney unleashed on President Donald Trump during a passionate United Nations speech Wednesday evening.

Vanity Fair reported the speech was part of the United Nations Correspondents Association Awards where she was honored with the 2018 Global Citizen of the Year award. She said that the American president has given license for anyone to attack or kill journalists around the world.

“The U.S. president has given such regimes a green light and labeled the press in this country the ‘enemy of the people,’” she said, referencing the torture and assassination of a Washington Post reporter.

“And, of course, two months ago a Washington Post journalist, Jamal Khashoggi, walked into a consulate in Istanbul and was brutally tortured to death,” she continued. “In many of the cases that I have worked on, too, I have seen journalists and opposition figures ruthlessly targeted so that they can no longer criticize leaders.”

She honored “journalists being recognized for groundbreaking reporting” in the past year despite many overcoming significant opposition.

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“You are being jailed at a higher rate than ever,” she continued. “And you are dying while covering wars, not just because you walk, unarmed, into some of the most dangerous places on earth. But because you are being targeted for exposing crimes committed in war. For speaking the truth that perpetrators find the most difficult to hear.”

Clooney hasn’t come out so overtly against Trump in the past but VF noted she hasn’t held back her disdain for him in the past.

“The president of a country should not publicly ridicule a woman who has come forward to allege abuse,” she told attendees at the Pennsylvania Conference for Women in October, after Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation hearing.

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Clooney married a famous American actor in 2014, who was also in attendance.

Watch a short clip of the speech below:

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez chokes up responding to Trump: ‘Time to move on from his conception of America’

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Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on Monday fired back at President Donald Trump after he told her to "go back" to her country of origin -- even though she was born in the U.S.

"It's unfortunate that he feels the way he feels about people of color," Ocasio-Cortez explained to NBC News. "It's unfortunate the way he feels about immigrants, naturalized citizens or not."

"What I would tell him is that it's time to move on from him," she continued as she seemed to choke up. "And it's time to move on from his conception of an America that we tried to move past for a long time."

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Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-NY) on Tuesday suggested that Donald Trump "doesn't deserve to be president" if he can't handle criticism from Fox News.

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"I just felt it was important to point President Trump amazingly attacked Fox News in the last few days in a series of Tweets for coverage he viewed as unfavorable to his administration," Schumer said. "This is Fox News, a news outlet that frankly is 90% or more on the president’s side. Their most popular shows seem to just be cheerleaders for President Trump."

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Marine Corps band forced to perform in pouring rain before sparse crowd prior to Trump’s July 4th party

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According to Jim Spellman of CTGN, the sky opened with a deluge of rain that had people running for cover -- only for the military musicians to be paraded out for either a rehearsal or a time-consuming filler until the big show begins.

Earlier in the day, the National Park Service warned that the event could be rained out, with thundershowers moving swiftly into the area.

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