Donald Trump tricked into retweeting quote from Mussolini

'Look, Mussolini was Mussolini.'

 

William Turton

Tech

Published Feb 28, 2016   Updated May 27, 2021, 4:00 am CDT

GOP frontrunner Donald Trump will retweet just about anything, even quotes from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.

Last year, the news website Gawker set up a Twitter bot that would randomly tweet Mussolini quotes attributed to Trump in hopes he’d be stupid enough retweet them. It worked.

This morning, Trump retweeted a Mussolini quote that was attributed to himself.

Trump was ridiculed for the retweet on Meet the Press by host Chuck Todd. Trump deflected in the most Trump way possible.

“Look, Mussolini was Mussolini,” he said. “It’s OK to… it’s a very good quote, it’s a very interesting quote, and I know it. I saw it… 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.”

H/T Gawker | Illustration via Max Fleishman

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*First Published: Feb 28, 2016, 4:22 pm CST