Donald Trump or Benito Mussolini? The Repubican presidential frontrunner himself appears to have some difficulty discerning between his own statements and those of the long-dead fascist dictator.
Trump retweeted another user this morning who falsely attributed a quote by Mussolini to Trump. The tweet, in quotes, reads, “@ilduce2016: ‘It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.’ – @realDonaldTrump #MakeAmericaGreatAgain.”
The quote by the Italian dictator, a key figure in the creation and rise of fascism who fought alongside Hitler at the outset of World War II, is one of his most widely known, attributed to Mussolini in an August 1943 edition of TIME magazine.
The tweet came from an apparent Mussolini parody account, with a profile photo of the dictator wearing a Trump hairpiece. The handle, “@ilduce2016” makes reference to Mussolini’s nickname, “Il Duce,” which translates as “the leader.”
It’s not clear if Trump was aware of the seemingly sardonic nature of the tweet or the account from whence it came, but the retweet sparked a flurry of responses from Twitter users, with many pointing out that the Republican presidential candidate had retweeted the words of the fascist dictator.
“This is literally a Mussolini quote,” one user tweeted. “You just retweeted Mussolini,” tweeted another. “Figured I’d tell you since none of your sheep pointed it out.”