Donald Trump is a fascist wannabe dictator and now we know who he got his slogan from.
Way back in 1927 there was this guy named Benito Mussolini. You’ve probably heard of him.
Mussolini was the fascist dictator of Italy during World War II who teamed up with Hitler in an effort to conquer Europe. Over 60 million people were killed.
But in 1927, Mussolini was still trying to get his message to every corner of his home nation in order to rally support for his quest for power.
And Fox News was there to help.
Prior to Fox News Service as it was called back then, no other studio had added sound to their pictures. 20th Century Fox did just that and had zero competition at the time. So a Fox News Service team went around the around to report news stories with the combination of sound and film.
So almost 90 years before Donald Trump would tell Fox News that he wants to “Make America Great Again,” Benito Mussolini uttered the same phrase in a propaganda message aimed at Italians living in America.
“I am very glad to be able to express my friendly feelings toward the American nation. Friendship with which Italy looks at millions of citizens who, from Alaska to Florida, from the Pacific to the Atlantic, live in the United States, Italy is deeply rooted in our hearts. This feeling created by mutual interests so contributed to preparation of an even brighter era in the lives of both nations.
I greet with wonderful energy the American people and I see and recognize among you the salt of your land, as well as ours, my fellow citizens who are working to make America great.
I salute the great American people. I salute the Italians of America who unite in a single love of two nations.”
Here’s the video via YouTube.
This isn’t the first time Trump has acted like Mussolini either.
Like Mussolini, Trump rails against intruders (Mexicans) and enemies (Muslims), mocks those perceived as weak, encourages a violent reckoning with those his followers perceive as the enemy within (the roughing up of protesters at his rallies), flouts the rules of civil political discourse (the Megyn Kelly menstruation spat), and promises to restore the nation to its greatness not by a series of policies, but by the force of his own personality (“I will be great for” fill in the blank).
Like Mussolini, Trump is dismissive of democratic institutions. He selfishly guards his image of a self-made outsider who will “dismantle the establishment” in the words of one of his supporters. That this includes cracking down on a free press by toughening libel laws, engaging in the ethnic cleansing of 11 million people (“illegals”), stripping away citizenship of those seen as illegitimate members of the nation (children of the “illegals”), and committing war crimes in the protection of the nation (killing the families of suspected terrorists) only enhances his stature among his supporters.
And we have a clip of Mussolini delivering Trump’s campaign slogan in front of a Fox News camera. It looks like history is repeating itself. The only question is will we stop it from doing so.
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