Donald Trump is not a Fascist (we think), but he is quoting Mussolini lately, the Italian dictator and leader of the National Fascist Party. Trump, ever eager to spout off on social media, says he was “tricked” into re-tweeting a Benito Mussolini quote that came off a Twitter account where the GOP frontrunner is lampooned and compared to the impassioned Socialist turned Fascist Party leader.
Writes USA Today on Feb. 28, via MSN News: “Another eyebrow-raising retweet from Donald Trump. The Republican front-runner on Sunday retweeted a posting from ‘@ilduce2016,’ a parody account that portrays Trump as Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.”
It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.
Trump was asked about the tweet on NBC’s Meet The Press, and the Republican candidate essentially said the quote is fitting – no matter whose mouth it was uttered from. Trump posted the tweet early Sunday morning.
“Look, Mussolini was Mussolini. It’s OK to — it’s a very good quote, it’s a very interesting quote … and I know who said it. But what difference does it make whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else? It’s certainly a very interesting quote.”
And Hitler once said that “great liars are also great magicians,” but one wouldn’t think to quote the Führer of Germany after attending a David Copperfield show.
When Trump was asked if he wants to be associated with a fascist, he said he didn’t; he just wants to be a guy known for interesting quotes.
“No, I want to be associated with interesting quotes. And people, you know, I have almost 14 million people between Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and all of that. And we do interesting things. And I sent it out. And certainly, hey, it got your attention, didn’t it?”
According to the New York Times, Trump’s policies are already dangerously close to fascist ideology.
“Some conservative critics of Mr. Trump’s rhetoric about use of power, both within the United States and abroad, have suggested that his declarations fall along the lines of fascist oratory,” the Times wrote. “Mr. Trump is an avid Twitter user, and he often goes on posting sprees in the middle of the night or early in the morning. At times, his reposts have been questionable, including retweets from accounts associated with white nationalists.”
Last week, Trump received an endorsement from David Duke, a former Grand Wizard of the Ku Klux Klan and a self-described “racial realist” and an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist. When given an opportunity to disavow Duke and the KKK, Donald Trump initially declined, stating he needed to do “more research.”
“Just so you understand, I don’t know anything about David Duke, OK?” Trump said on CNN’s State of the Union. “I don’t know anything about what you’re even talking about with white supremacy or white supremacists… I have to look at the group. I mean, I don’t know what group you’re talking about. You wouldn’t want me to condemn a group that I know nothing about. I’d have to look.”
Trump, after apparently doing his homework, later tweeted that he disavowed David Duke.