So, Donald Trump recently retweeted a quote by Italy's fascist dictator Benito Mussolini and the Internet, quite predictably, went off.
Before more people start bashing him, the foul-mouthed bigot wants everyone to know something:
a) He knows perfectly well it is a Mussolini quote
b) He just doesn’t care if it is
“Look, Mussolini was Mussolini,” Trump said on NBC’s “Meet the Press” while discussing the furor over his retweet. “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. That’s probably why I have between Facebook and Twitter 14 million people when other people don’t.”
Going by Trump’s logic, Hitler was Hitler… What difference does that make? It shouldn’t really matter if a U.S. presidential candidate finds one of his ideas “interesting” and chooses to publicly endorse it.
But it matters. In fact, it should matter. And it’s tragic – if not surprising – that Trump has not only failed to understand this logic, but is shamelessly defending it.
Interestingly, the tweet in question was sent to the foul-mouthed billionaire by a Twitter account, @IlDuce2016, which was apparently created by the gossip website Gawker in hopes that Trump would retweet it – and he did.
“Last year, we set a trap for Trump,” the website’s Alex Pareene explained. "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.”
Trump’s Mussolini controversy comes less than a week before Super Tuesday (March 1), a day known as the presidential candidates’ first real test of national electability.
However, judging by how easily and decisively, despite his unabashed bigotry and league of extremely violent supporters, Trump has been able to win the New Hampshire and South Carolina primaries, one can’t really say if one Mussolini retweet would at all affect his chances of winning the Republican presidential nomination.