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STORY BY EDITOR, THE OREGON HERALD

Published on October 6, 2020 10:35 PM

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Trump impersonates Mussolini on the white house balcony
Former Trump White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci likened President Donald Trump to Mussolini in reacting to his return from Walter Reed Medical Center.

Scaramucci spoke with Chris Cuomo Monday night after the president returned to the White House from Walter Reed and immediately took off his mask.

Former Italian fascist dictator Benito Mussolini

Scaramucci said the morale inside the current White House is very low, noting how even Secret Service agents are upset about what the president is doing.

On Twitter, Scaramucci also said in part, " ... there is a major world power with nuclear weapons that has a mentally unstable leader whose mental condition is worsening."

"What about the people who are helping him?" Scaramucci asked. "A demagogue can only be powerful if they have willing accomplices."

Absorbing PBS interview of Anthony Scaramucci about Donald Trump.

Scaramucci is one of the most perceptive persons in the political arena. He's believable as well as fascinating in his detailed description and insightful experience with politicians. And of course, that means he makes enemies. Such is the nature of politics and a divisive two party system.

Republican Tim Miller called Trump's 90-second balcony scene "one of the most disturbing, absorbing, foreign images I can recall." Instead of the "übermensch" image Trump is evidently trying to convey by taking off his mask, Miller writes in The Bulwark, "we get a madman, his face pancaked under a 2mm coat of orange powder, jacked up on steroids, straining to breathe — and not caring a whit about those around him. And I've got to hand it to him: Trump nails that image."

Yes indeed. Benito Mussolini!

After he returned to the White House, Trump told Americans to ".. get out there" and not fear COVID-19. Trump is still contagious with the virus but he removed his mask and pose for pictures and saluted from the balcony of the White House. Soon he tweeted a video capturing his return to Washington. He said he felt "real good" about returning to the White House even though the white house is being saturated with covid-19 cases since he was diagnosed last week..

Trump wore a mask as he got out of the helicopter then removed it after he climbed the stairs of the White House South Portico, where he posed for pictures, waving, saluting and giving thumbs-up signs. He then turned to walk into the White House, his mask now comfortable in his breast pocket.

"It was President Trump's reality TV in a way; carefully produced, striking what he hopes are all the right notes," said Al Jazeera's Mike Hanna, reporting from Washington, DC. Trump, a New York property developer, was best known as the star of the reality television show, The Apprentice, before he became president in 2016.

he Republican president, who is running for re-election against Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3 election, was admitted to hospital on Friday after being diagnosed with the disease caused by the novel coronavirus.

"Don't let it dominate you. Don't be afraid of it," Trump said in the video message which he shared on Twitter. "We're going to beat it. Don't let it take over your lives. Maybe I'm immune, I don't know."

The disease has killed more than one million people around the world with the death toll in the United States higher than anywhere else.

Doctors say 74-year-old Trump has not had a fever in more than 72 hours. They also indicate his oxygen levels are normal. The same doctors refused to answers questions from the press in regard to any particular problems covid-19 might have had on Trump's lungs or tell the public when Trump last tested negative for the covid-19. Instead they simply said they were in "unchartered territory".