Gawker said on Sunday it had lured Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump into retweeting a remark famously attributed to the late Italian fascist leader Benito Mussolini.
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The site launched a bot account called @ilduce2016 in December, which took to tweeting fascist remarks solely at @realDonaldTrump multiple times a day.
The idea was to set a trap for Trump, and on Sunday the billionaire candidate took the bait, Gawker wrote, pointing at how Trump plainly retweeted an @ilduce2016 tweet that quoted a line from Mussolini: “It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep.”
Trump, 69, an upset candidate outshining key rivals in the race to win the Republican nomination for president in the U.S. November elections, often uses Twitter to spread his message and diss his competitors.
"It’s where Trump goes to personally insult his enemies and opponents, but it’s also where he seeks evidence of his greatness, and regularly retweets," wrote Gawker's Alex Pareene.
The Politico blogger site said that when asked about the retweet on NBC's "Meet the Press" on Sunday and whether he wanted to be associated with a fascist, Trump replied:
"No, I want to be associated with interesting quotes. And people, you know, I have almost 14 million people between Instagram and Facebook and Twitter and all of that. And we do interesting things. And I sent it out. And certainly, hey, it got your attention, didn't it?”