The crude populism, outlandish pronouncements, and primitive vocabulary have a familiar ring to someone who embraced, then fled, the Iranian revolution.
Roya Hakakian is the author of, most recently, Assassins of the Turquoise Palace (which was one of The Daily Beast's "10 Books That You Might Have Missed but Shouldn't 2011"). Visit her at www.royahakakian.com
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