Oops – Donald Trump retweeted a quote from the founder of fascism
Donald Trump maybe went a little bit too far with that last retweet.
It turns out that the Republican frontrunner retweeted the quote from a fake account set up with lines from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini.
After a furore about the tweet, which read: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep,” it has been revealed that Trump was set up.
News site Gawker set up a fake account called ‘ilduce2016’, named after Mussolini’s dictatorship until 1943.
The site claimed responsibility for the Twitter account on Sunday, revealing it created the “Mussolini-quoting Twitter bot to see if @realDonaldTrump was dumb enough to re-tweet it.”
It turns out he did.
Gawker says it created the account last year to answer the question “Is Donald Trump a fascist?”
Social media wouldn’t let Trump get away with the retweet with many taking to Twitter to ridicule him for the embarrassment.
Mr Trump told Fox News he would likely back a plot to overturn equal marriage, just days beforetelling the lesbian journalist he would “move forward” on LGBT rights.
When challenged on the contradiction in a third interview, Mr Trump attempted to maintain both contradicting views simultaneously.
He promised evangelicals last week: “I think [evangelicals] can trust me on traditional marriage.”