Politico and The Guardian, two liberal media publications, published articles describing Italy’s newly elected Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni as a “far-right” politician and comparing her to former President Trump.
An article written Thursday by Congresswoman Politico Andrew Desiderio described Meloni as “a darling of American conservatives with a history of far-right rhetoric on immigration.” The article was headlined “‘Reason to Worry’: Italian Meloni Holds Mirror of Trump’s GOP.”
“American conservatives rally behind Italy’s newly elected far-right prime minister — praise that highlights the Trumpification of GOP foreign policy doctrines and the fragility of the Western coalition against Russia’s war in Ukraine,” wrote Desiderio.
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“Statements of support for Meloni’s victory came almost exclusively from U.S. Republicans, while President Biden had yet to offer his congratulations to the far-right Brandon on Wednesday,” Desiderio wrote.
Wednesday evening, Biden spoke about the Italian elections as an example of democracy in play around the world.
Desiderio lamented what he described as “Meloni’s party’s staunchly anti-immigration policy with a rallying cry against ‘globalists,’ and its previous version has its roots in neo-fascism.”
“As Donald Trump’s ‘America First’ foreign policy opens up divisions among American conservatives over continued aid to Ukraine, with the former president signaling his desire to stop funding Kyiv, the boost of the GOP for Meloni risks emboldening the party. MAGA wings against other establishment voices who want to continue helping Ukraine,” he wrote.
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Desiderio appeared to lament “Meloni’s celebrity status with some Republicans who have seen her embrace traditional values and family-oriented social conservatism.”
The Guardian published an article on Wednesday headlined “Italian Giorgia Meloni is no Mussolini – but she may be a Trump.” The article, written by Lorenzo Marsili, did not spare Meloni. “There’s nothing nostalgic about the far-right political space the country’s new leader is trying to carve out for himself in Europe,” reads its caption.
“Meloni’s party is not so much the heir of The Fascist Movement of Benito Mussolini as the first European imitator of the American Republican Party,” Marsili wrote.
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“Perhaps the days are over when victory for populists and far-right extremists seemed unthinkable or untenable. Rather, we may be in a degenerate, right-wing new normal: where this honorable and necessary space in a democracy – the space occupied by Jacques Chirac, Margaret Thatcher or Angela Merkel – becomes perverted and constantly occupied by Trump and Melonis,” Marsili wrote.