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Oops – Donald Trump retweeted a quote from the founder of fascism

Joseph McCormick February 28, 2016
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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.

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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.”

Mussolini

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.

Oops – Donald Trump retweeted a quote from the founder of fascism

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.”

Related topics: Donald Trump, US, US Election 2016

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