Mussolini, Trump on ‘making America great’

Trump and Mussolini, cartoon

This cartoon, by Paresh Nath in The Khaleej Times, in the UAE, compares United States presidential candidate Donald Trump to Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini.

From British daily The Independent, 28 February 2016:

Mr Trump was also asked on Sunday why he had retweeted a quote from the Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini. The tweet, initially posted by another user, read: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”

Asked about whether he had known the quote belonged to Mussolini and whether he wanted to be associated with fascism, Mr Trump told NBC’s Meet the Press: “Mussolini was Mussolini. It’s a very good quote, it’s a very interesting quote. I know who said it, but what difference does it make whether it’s Mussolini or somebody else?”

The central slogan of Donald Trump, and now also of his Republican party, is Make America Great Again. Mr Trump has stressed that slogan repeatedly, including on Fox News.

Is the slogan really original? Or not completely original, like Ms Trump’s speech promoting her husband at the Republican convention in Cleveland, owed something, unattributedly, to a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama?

From the Washington Post in the USA:

In 1927, Fox News Service filmed Benito Mussolini telling immigrants to ‘make America great’

By Philip Bump July 23 at 11:00 AM …

Fox News wasn’t the only group to recognize the value of the combination of sight and sound. Benito Mussolini, the fascist prime minister of Italy, at one point reportedly said that were he to broadcasting his speeches “in twenty cities in Italy once a week” he would “need no other power.” When he was approached about filming a statement for the newsreel, he agreed.

Fox promoted the upcoming statement in advertisements in the New York Times in September 1927, with the debut of the speech coming to New York City’s Times Square theater later that month.

Fox News Mussolini advertisement

… This was that statement.

Mussolini’s accent was heavy, and it’s hard to pick out everything he said. But the thrust was that he was offering praise for the United States and for the Italian immigrants that were helping to build it. He praised the citizens of Italy who were working to make America great.

Mussolini, Fox News and Jews: here.

Mussolini established dictatorship gradually, with help of officially ‘democratic’ politicians (parallels with Trump): here.


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  11. Following the most disastrous foreign trip since Ferdinand Magellan “discovered” the Philippines – and the Filipinos killed him – Donald Trump tried to return to his comfort zone yesterday by calling his fellow dictator Benito Mussolini:

    TRUMP: This is Donald J. Trump, the President of the United States. Can you hear me? Are you listening to me? Jared, did you call the right number?

    MUSSOLINI [in broken English]: Yes, Mr. President. It is I.

    TRUMP: What should I call you? You like to be called the Doo-cey [Il Duce – ed.], right? Ill Doo-cey? You know, we’ve got a reporter here named Steve Doocey. Good guy, very solid. No fake news, unlike that nasty woman Megyn Kelly, or that stupid guy Don Lemon, dumb as a rock. Anyway, I’m calling all the world leaders, just checking in, giving everyone their marching orders. I gotta tell you, the Emperor of Japan is a real sweet guy, and he’s a very sharp cookie, like a fortune cookie. Did you hear about my inauguration crowd? It was amazing, totally tremendous. We had more people at my inauguration than the people who died in World War I. But you would know about that better than me. And the inauguration parties afterward – woo-woo! All the hottest babes. I’m telling you. We were partying like it was 1941.

    MUSSOLINI [in Italian, to his aides, hand cupping the phone]: “This man is a fool. More wind comes out of his mouth than his ass. Porca puttana!”

    MUSSOLINI [in broken English]: Mr. President, you are a very direct man. You speak what is in your brain. As we say in Italy, “faccia da culo.” It is a great compliment.

    TRUMP: I hear you like hats. I’ve seen pictures of you wearing big, beautiful hats, the best hats, terrific, great style. Like that red one, very classy, it looks like a Shriner’s hat. I could send you one of my hats. It says “Make America Great Again.” I can get you a red one. Just say the word, and I’ll have the Air Force fly one right over to you. We could tape it to a bomb, ha-ha! Just kidding. I wouldn’t do that, I like what you’ve done as dictator. Just line up those reporters and shoot them! No more fake news! You know how to win! And plus, you make the trains run on time, which is really, really important. Were you a businessman before you were a dictator? Because I know you’re like me, really tough. Anyone who can make the trains run on time would be a very good businessman, big-league. I think you’re like that, and I never misjudge anyone. I’m a perfect judge of character. Always have been.

    MUSSOLINI [in broken English]: Mr. President, the President before you put sanctions on my country after we brought civilization to the Ethiopians. We want to buy your petrol, and we pay good money, in American dollars.

    TRUMP: He did that? What a loser. I guess they don’t teach you how to make a deal in community organizer school for moron lightweights. I know how to make a deal, a great deal. Cut off trade with a European country? Wrong! My friend Rex can help you with that petroleum in no time, no problem-o. Hey, look, I speak Italian! Just kidding. I’ll have Steve Bannon type up some Executive Order. Hey, Steve, you’re listening on the line, go do that. Steve really likes you guys. He always says that fascists are good people. But I like to make a deal, you know, so you’ve got to do something for me, OK? That’s me being smart. I want some land overlooking the Vatican, where I can build a top-dollar Trump hotel, the best in Italy, and people can look down on Peter, Paul and Mary Square, or whatever you call it there. We’ll use your Italian marble, whatever, some stained glass, a couple million on some fancy chandeliers. Really gorgeous, the best. When we’re done with it, the Pope will want to move in, permanently. Someone from here will contact you about it. Jared, are you taking notes? I won’t have anything to do with it, of course. This is just between you and me. But don’t forget. You definitely shouldn’t forget, if you know what I mean.

    MUSSOLINI [in Italian, to his aides]: “If a dirty pig could speak words, this is what he would say. What else does he want, a bocchino? Faccila te’ mangia batta! These stupid North Americans show how democracy can destroy a country.”

    MUSSOLINI [in broken English]: Mr. President, it is a great pleasure to meet a great man such as yourself. As I often say to my friends, vaffanculo. I say the same to you, and I hope that it results in lasting friendship.

    TRUMP: Yeah, thanks, I think you’re a great guy too. A lot better than that pissy little Frenchman who didn’t want to shake hands with me, but he bear-hugged Merkel. She’s a two! No wonder the Germans keep winning against the French. Losers! But you’re definitely my kind of guy. Do you golf? Let’s play golf sometimes, maybe at my club in Scotland, after you invade it! Ha-ha!

    MUSSOLINI [in broken English]: It would be a great honor for me, Mr. President. As you say in America, “have a nice day.” [He hangs up.]

    MUSSOLINI [in Italian, to his aides]: “Zoccola! Brutto cornuto, Donald Trump!” [He spits on the floor.]

    TRUMP: The Italians love me!

    Alan Grayson


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