Trump compared to Mussolini for the second time in a week following latest balcony speech

Greg Evans
Sunday 11 October 2020 07:15
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Donald Trump has been compared to the former fascist Italian prime minister Benito Mussolini following his latest balcony stunt at the White House.

The president spoke on the Truman Balcony at an 'official White House event' that was attended by Black supporters reportedly wearing 'Blexit t-shirts' and there was little evidence of social distancing measures being in place.

Trump gave a relatively short speech, speaking for less than 20 minutes to the crowd, his first public speech since he tested positive for Covid-19 but he did admit that he was '"feeling great."

Much of the speech was focused on the election and trying to appeal to Hispanic and Black voters, the latter of which he again claimed to have done more for than any president since Abraham Lincoln.

This was the second time in the space of a week that the president had appeared on the Truman Balcony, the first of which was when he made a point of tearing off his face mask after returning from the hospital on Monday.

After that stunt, many compared Trump to Mussolini, who used to address the Italian people from his balcony in Rome during his time in power and those comparisons, as well as some to Adolf Hitler and Kim Jong-un were back again following his latest address.

Others have pointed out that it's not just Trump and right-wing dictators who have been known to give speeches from balconies.

Trump's campaign is reportedly struggling in the run up to the election on November 3 as he experienced no bounce following his widely criticised performance at the first presidential debate with Joe Biden. Many US polls still put Biden ahead of Trump in key swing states with just a few weeks to go before election day.

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