- Trump resembles the Italian tycoon who wrecked Italy's international standing and help sink its economy, says Ruth Ben-Ghiat
- There's a reason Trump is known in Italy as "the American Berlusconi."
Ruth Ben-Ghiat is a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University. Her latest book is "Italian Fascism's Empire Cinema." The opinions expressed in this commentary are hers.
(CNN)Donald Trump this week retweeted, and then defended, an Italian popular saying made famous by Fascist dictator Benito Mussolini: "It is better to live one day as a lion than 100 years as a sheep."