Gawker tricked Donald Trump into retweeting a Mussolini quote

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump flashes thumbs up after an address to a group of supporters at a campaign stop at the Flynn Center of the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Photo by Charles Krupa via AP

Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump flashes thumbs up after an address to a group of supporters at a campaign stop at the Flynn Center of the Performing Arts in Burlington, Vt., Thursday, Jan. 7, 2016. Photo by Charles Krupa via AP

Blog site Gawker tricked Donald Trump into retweeting a Benito Mussolini quote.

Editor-in-chief Alex Pareene wrote about the organization’s success, a mission that took a little over two months to complete:

Our Fascist bot was anything but subtle. It was, after all, directly named after Mussolini. The New York Times today swiftly recognized that it was a parody account. At the time of the account’s creation, Gawker Media Executive Editor John Cook expressed some concern that the joke behind the account was far too obvious, and wouldn’t trick anyone but a complete idiot.

Today, Donald Trump proved him—and all of us—right.

Pareene asked Ashley Feinberg to create a bot that would tweet the Italian fascist dictator’s quotes, and attribute them to Donald Trump as well as tweeting at him with every quote. The account started tweeting in December 2015, under the name @ilduce2016, and has 1,987 tweets.

No word yet from Donald Trump’s Twitter page about the retweet, but it’s since been favorited over 8,000 times and retweeted over 3,000 times.


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