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Authoritarianism expert praises Democratic presidential hopeful’s speech: ‘This is about the atrocity of now’

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President Donald Trump was slammed by leading Democratic presidential candidates following his latest attacks on Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-MN).

“In the 24 hours since President Trump escalated an attack on Rep. Ilhan Omar by tweeting a video of her spliced with footage of the burning twin towers, Democrats have accused him of Islamophobia, inciting violence and politicizing one of America’s gravest tragedies,” The Washington Post reported Saturday.

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One candidate, in particular, was praised by authoritarianism expert Sarah Kendzior.

Kendzior, the author of the 2018 book The View from Flyover Country: Dispatches from the Forgotten America, has been widely praised for her prescient warnings about Trump.

On Saturday, she praised a speech by former Rep. Beto O’Rourke (D-TX).

“Listen to Beto’s speech all the way through. I appreciate the way he is speaking out. This is not about campaigning,” she argued. “This is about the atrocity of now, the urgency of now, and he gets that.”

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Here are what other Democratic Party presidential hopefuls are saying about Trump’s attacks on Omar:

Sen. Bernie Sanders (D-VT)

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Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA)

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Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

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South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

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Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang


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