Donald Trump tricked into retweeting quote from Mussolini

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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

William Turton

William Turton

Once named one of Forbes’ 20 Under 20 and hired as a staff writer for the Daily Dot when he was still a senior in high school, William Turton is a rising tech reporter focusing on information security, hacking culture, and politics. Since leaving the Daily Dot in April 2016, his work has appeared on Gizmodo, the Outline, and Vice News Tonight on HBO.