An Italian leftist who actually battled fascists in Italy in the 70s debunks the Trump/Mussolini comparison. In looking for past figures from U.S. politics to which to compare Trump, one I keep coming back to is Nelson Rockefeller, also a billionaire moderate to liberal Republican statist-authoritarian known for his love of women and his lack of regard for proprieties.
By Gianni Riotta
Is Donald Trump a fascist? Several commentators in America, my adoptive country, on both the left and right, have essentially compared “The Donald” to Mussolini, the fascist strongman who destroyed my old country Italy for a time, leaving behind half a million dead and the lingering poison of civil war.