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Trump & Berlusconi - Brothers from another Mother

Someone pointed out the similarities, and the similarities are astounding, but no one can explain why con men so easily gain national political power. Berlusconi, from his first term, found himself in legal hot water. It's reported this was the reason he got into politics in the first place, to avoid prosecution. Yet, he came back and came back, serving three times as the Italian Prime Minister. And the people loved him. We're living through it now and I still don't understand why.

"The tycoon-turned-politician spent his career mixing entertainment and power, escaping sex scandals and remodeling his party in his own plasticized image. He claimed elections he lost were actually stolen from him. Law enforcement scrutinized his businesses, and he incessantly praised his longtime friend Vladimir Putin. Struggling to beat him politically, opponents relied on prosecutors to oust him through the courts. But he managed to turn even that to his favor, raising the specter of political persecution to re-energize his electorate and remain firmly at the center of his country’s politics for years.

That sounds a lot like Donald Trump. But it’s actually Silvio Berlusconi." - NY Times Opinion

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by Anonymousreply 4April 3, 2024 12:17 AM

The glaring difference is that while Donald was born to wealth and failed upward into the Presidency, Berlusconi was extremely intelligent and a self-made man from a middle class background.

by Anonymousreply 1April 2, 2024 5:46 PM

Oh look another Trump thread.

by Anonymousreply 2April 2, 2024 8:44 PM

I lived in Italy all through Berlusconi's reign.

Life was good.

Did the author of that article ever think maybe that's why people kept voting for him?

by Anonymousreply 3April 2, 2024 8:49 PM

I don’t remember Berlusconi having hate rallies

by Anonymousreply 4April 3, 2024 12:17 AM
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