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Madeline Albright compares Mussolini, Trump on use of 'drain the swamp'

May 10, 2018 Politifact

Mussolini drained literal swamps, but he also used the term "bonfica" to talk about metaphorical swamp-draining, to which Madeleine Albright alluded in recent commentary. Professor David Kertzer, the author of "The Pope and Mussolini," said Albright's comment describes the purging of the bureaucracy accurately early in Mussolini's tenure.

Madeline Albright compares Mussolini, Trump on use of 'drain the swamp' (comments by David Kertzer) – Politifact