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Photo montage of Donald Trump as Rocky Balboa, tweeted out by Trump to his 67.5 million followers, November 27, 2019

Maybe Pepe the Frog can replace the bald eagle as well.

Here’s some light reading:

In the afternoon, he, with other partisans, including Aldo Lampredi and Michele Moretti, drove to the De Maria family’s farmhouse to collect Mussolini and Petacci.[28][29] After they were picked up, they drove a short distance to the village of Giulino de Mezzegra.[30] The vehicle pulled up at the entrance of the Villa Belmonte on a narrow road known as via XXIV maggio and Mussolini and Petacci were told to get out and stand by the villa’s wall.[25][30][31] Audisio then shot them at 4:10 p.m. with a submachine gun borrowed from Moretti, his own gun having jammed.[25][29][32]

. . . During his dictatorship, representations of Mussolini’s body — for example pictures of him engaged in physical labour either bare-chested or half-naked — formed a central part of fascist propaganda. His body remained a potent symbol after his death, causing it to be either revered by supporters or treated with contempt and disrespect by opponents, and assuming a broader political significance.

In the evening of 28 April, the bodies of Mussolini, Petacci, and the other executed fascists were loaded onto a van and trucked south to Milan. On arriving in the city in the early hours of 29 April, they were dumped on the ground in the Piazzale Loreto, a suburban square near the main railway station.[40][41] The choice of location was deliberate. Fifteen partisans had been shot there in August 1944 in retaliation for partisan attacks and Allied bombing raids, and their bodies had then been left on public display. At the time, Mussolini is said to have remarked “for the blood of Piazzale Loreto, we shall pay dearly”.[41]

Their bodies were left in a heap, and by 9:00 a.m. a considerable crowd had gathered. The corpses were pelted with vegetables, spat at, urinated on, shot at and kicked; Mussolini’s face was disfigured by beatings.[42][43] An American eye witness described the crowd as “sinister, depraved, out of control”.[43] After a while, the bodies were hoisted up on to the metal girder framework of a half-built Standard Oil service station, and hung upside down on meat hooks.[42][43][44] This mode of hanging had been used in northern Italy since medieval times to stress the “infamy” of the hanged.

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