Donald Trump isn’t just a wannabe fascist, he plays one on Twitter, too. The hotel magnate claims he knew a tweeted he circulated contained a quote by a notorious fascist.
Sure, he did!
“It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep,” the GOP front-runner retweeted from an account going by the name @ilduce2016. National Fascist Party leader Benito Mussolini was identified by Fascists as Il Duce, which means ‘The Leader.’
— ilduce2016 (@ilduce2016) February 28, 2016
This morning, Trump retweeted from that account, but later on Meet The Press, he was questioned about that, and claimed that he had no issue tweeting a quote by Mussolini because he liked the quote.
The problem here (aside from all the others) is that he was set up.
Last year, we set a trap for Trump. We came up with the idea for that Mussolini bot under the assumption that Trump would retweet just about anything, no matter how dubious or vile the source, as long as it sounded like praise for himself. (It helps that that a number of Mussolini’s quotes sound plausibly like lines from Trump’s myriad books.) The account, @ilduce2016, was created by Gawker senior writer Ashley Feinberg and Gawker Media Editorial Labs director Adam Pash. It has tweeted solely at Donald Trump, multiple times a day, since December 2015.
Our Fascist bot was anything but subtle. It was, after all, directly named after Mussolini. The New York Times today swiftly recognized that it was a parody account. At the time of the account’s creation, Gawker Media Executive Editor John Cook expressed some concern that the joke behind the account was far too obvious, and wouldn’t trick anyone but a complete idiot.
Ha ha on John Cook. The biggest idiot in politics did fall for the obvious just like a ‘complete idiot’ would. The GOP front-runner was trolled so hard it has to hurt. Poor Trump, he’ll never become dictator of this country. SAD:(
Perhaps, just maybe, Trump should admit that he doesn’t know how to handle his Twitter account, just like he isn’t capable of leading the most powerful country on Earth.
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