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Donald Trump's latest Twitter gaffe: He approvingly attributes quotation from far-left labor union leader to Gandhi

One wonders if he'll take the same "I just want to be known for interesting quotes" approach to this one


Scott Eric Kaufman
March 1, 2016 12:43AM (UTC)

Perhaps because not even he believes people are buying his justification for quoting fascist Italian dictator Benito Mussolini, today Donald Trump tweeted a picture of a campaign rally with the following quotation appended:

While the desire to be more like Gandhi and less like Mussolini is admirable in and of itself, there's one problem -- Gandhi never actually said that. Those words were uttered in 1918 by Nicholas Klein, a union leader who was speaking before the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.
In context, Klein said:

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And my friends, in this story you have a history of this entire movement. First they ignore you. Then they ridicule you. And then they attack you and want to burn you. And then they build monuments to you. And that is what is going to happen to the Amalgamated Clothing Workers of America.

Perhaps it is because the quotation is so commonly misattributed to Gandhi that Trump neglected the most Trumpian aspect of Klein's speech -- "then they build monuments to you" -- or perhaps it's merely because he already has plans to build them for himself.


Scott Eric Kaufman

Scott Eric Kaufman is an assistant editor at Salon. He taught at a university, but then thought better of it. Follow him at @scottekaufman or email him at skaufman@salon.com.

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