Donald Trump, from the start of his 2016 Presidential campaign trail, found himself compared to former Italian Prime Minister Silvio Berlusconi. Both share quite similar roads to business and political successes.
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Silvio Berlusconi is the 50th Prime Minister of Italy, served in four governments (from 1994 to 1995, 2001 to 2006, and 2008 to 2011). The former Prime Minister Berlusconi is known to be blunt with his provocative comments, vulgar insults and sexual innuendo. Though as charismatic and successful business mogul as he has been, his actions and words are against himself, just like Donald Trump.
Berlusconi loves to glorify himself, convinced himself that he were “the Jesus Christ of politics”, “the best prime minister we can find today", and more comment like: “There is no one on the world stage who can compete with me”.
Benito Mussolini, the 27th Prime Minister and also the Fascist dictator of Italy during World War II was responsible for several war crimes, including genocide. Mr. Berlusconi talked about this serious crime as a joking matter: "Mussolini never killed anyone. Mussolini used to send people on vacation in internal exile."
In the wake of Sept 11, 2001 terrorist attack, Berlusconi, instead of expressing friendship and solidarity in the tragedy, had these words to say to the world: "We must be aware of the superiority of our civilization, a system that has guaranteed well-being, respect for human rights and - in contrast with Islamic countries - respect for religious and political rights, a system that has as its value understanding of diversity and tolerance...The West will continue to conquer peoples, even if it means a confrontation with other civilizations, Islam, firmly entrenched where it was 1,400 years ago."
Mr. Berlusconi’s private life is as scandalous and colorful as his political life, involving allegation of “Bunga Bunga sex parties” with underage girls and prostitutes. Berlusconi had this simple excuse: "I am not a saint, you've all understood that."