.@GiorgiaMeloni’s final campaign message is a wink/a nod to her nostalgic Fascist base: “After our victory, you can raise your heads & finally verbalize what you always thought/believe in”— Rula Jebreal (@rulajebreal) September 20, 2022
This is how you normalize Fascism, by making it socially acceptable.pic.twitter.com/3ZQLabNflP
Giorgia Meloni, AKA the Italian Trump, is set to become Italy’s first female Prime Minister.— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) September 25, 2022
First Sweden. Now Italy.
Make the West Great Again!
The most striking thing to me about Giorgia Meloni’s victory in Italy is 1.) how much she sounds like MAGA Republicans in the United States who have been extremely critical of “trans” ideology and 2.) the extent to which she is being fully embraced as a European conservative.
The True Cons move here would be to pull a Liz Cheney and condemn Meloni as a “racist” and a “far right nationalist” whose politics are beyond the pale and form a republican front with the Left in denouncing her and vowing to punish Italy with sanctions in order to save “liberal democracy” from “fascism.” You would have still seen a lot of that a few years ago. You have to go websites like The Bulwark and The Dispatch now to find blasts from the past like David French or Allahpundit writing in that vein.
Charlie Kirk is a useful barometer of where mainstream conservatives are at these days. In 2022, Kirk believes the Great Replacement is happening and is fully on board with European nationalist parties. Orbán and Meloni are being held up as models for the New Right instead of being shunned and condemned.