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Bernie & His Fascist Mailer

Irony of ironies. In February of this year, the Bernie Sanders campaign sent a mailer to Nevada voters with 1934 propaganda imagery from Italian dictator Benito Mussolini's National Fascist Party.

Check out the guy in the bottom middle row in the tan blazer.


The image is a recreation of the large Mussolini stone face on the facade of the National Fascist Party headquarters in Rome, the Palazzo Braschi.

This facade was specially set up for the 1934 elections.


Mussolini was a socialist before founding Italy's fascist party. He became prime minister of Italy in 1922, and in 1925, made Italy a fascist state and himself the leader, "Il Duce." In the Italian fascist state, there was no free press, the influence of the courts were reduced, and political opponents were imprisoned. Adolf Hitler modeled his fascist takeover of Germany on Mussolini's ascent, and the two were allies in World War II.


Pictured: Benito Mussolini and Adolf Hitler. Photo date Sept. 28, 1938.


The "SI SI SI" facade was propaganda for the 1934 election, in which electors could only vote "yes" or "no" on a list of candidates created by Mussolini. Critics of Mussolini made fun of Mussolini's ominous face by calling him "Testa di Morto," translating to "Death's Head," and he was removed from power in 1943 following weakened positioned in the war and bombing of Rome by Allied forces.


In June 2019, Republican National Committee spokesperson Elizabeth Harrington claimed, "I do see quite a few Benito Mussolinis in the Democratic field."


According to the Washington Examiner, the Sanders campaign did not respond to request for comment about the Mussolini shirt when they reached out.


Interesting, huh?


Talk soon,


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