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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.

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)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA)

South Bend, Indiana Mayor Pete Buttigieg

Washington Gov. Jay Inslee

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Former HUD Secretary Julián Castro

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN)

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand

Entrepreneur Andrew Yang

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BUSTED: Trump’s DOJ intervened to keep Paul Manafort from being imprisoned at Rikers Island

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President Donald Trump's Department of Justice intervened to keep his former campaign chairman out of jail, The New York Times reported Monday.

Manafort had been expected to be moved to the Rikers Island jail complex.

"But last week, Manhattan prosecutors were surprised to receive a letter from the second-highest law enforcement official in the country inquiring about Mr. Manafort’s case. The letter, from Jeffrey A. Rosen, Attorney General William P. Barr’s new top deputy, indicated that he was monitoring where Mr. Manafort would be held in New York," the newspaper reported.

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Republican gun activist arrested for felony after flashing gun at cop while driving 90 mph through construction zone

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One of Colorado's leading gun activists is free on bail after being charged for flashing a gun at a federal agent, the Colorado Springs Gazette reported Monday.

"Kanda Calef, a former Republican candidate, political activist and a hard-line gun rights supporter, faces a felony menacing charge after allegedly brandishing a pistol at a U.S. marshal in Interstate 25's Gap construction zone," the newspaper reported. "Calef, now free on $2,500 bail, is due in Douglas County’s 18th Judicial District on Wednesday, where she is expected to enter a plea to the charge."

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QAnon authors in a fight over doing an audiobook — because they think their followers can’t read

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On Monday, The Daily Beast reported that the authors of a popular book for believers in the QAnon conspiracy theory are in a bitter fight over whether or not to release an audiobook version.

QAnon: An Invitation to The Great Awakening came out last year and peaked near the top of the Amazon bestseller list in March. One of the book's co-authors, Dustin Nemos, is publicly attacking another co-author, who goes by the name of "JoeM," for his "petty and hostile and paranoid" refusal to help produce an audiobook, and notes that it is necessary because a disproportionate number of QAnon believers are elderly, have bad eyesight, and may not be able to read the book as text. JoeM, for his part, has accused Nemos of being a "grifter" who is trying to make a buck off of true believers.

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