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Giorgia Meloni

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I am Giorgia, I am a woman, I am a mother, I am Italian, I am a Christian, and you can't take that away from me!
—Meloni giving her fascist inauguration speech.[1]

Giorgia Meloni (1977–) is the prime minister of Italy, having been elected since 2022. Despite presenting herself as a moderate, she has a background as a fascist political activist. She is the first far-right Italian prime minister since Mussolini was elected (and it just gets worse from here).[2]

Early fascist career[edit]

Meloni hails from Rome, and spent most of her life as an activist in the Youth Front, a neo-fascist political party of Mussolini youth.[3] In 1992 (when she was just 15), she joined the Youth Front and later became the leader of the Student Action, another neo-fascist group.

In her young adult years when she was an activist in the Youth Front, Meloni praised Mussolini as a great leader and an example of Italian pride and strength.[4]

Apologia from American conservatives[edit]

Unsurprisingly, American rightists have praised and defended Meloni as a moderate right-wing leader, and claiming that she is not a fascist. Meloni has also compared herself with the American Republican Party as being equally "moderate" as herself.[5]

Anti-LGBT fearmongering[edit]

See the main articles on this topic: Homophobia and Transphobia

Meloni is very homophobic and transphobic. She claims that gay marriage is antithetical to "traditional values", and has also accused Disney of spreading LGBT propaganda (much like Ron DeSantis).[6] She has enacted laws limiting same-sex couples from marrying and adopting children, which limits their parental rights and prevents them from living in society.[7]

Xenophobia and nationalism[edit]

See the main articles on this topic: Xenophobia and Nationalism

Meloni has allowed anti-immigrant rhetoric to spread in the Italian public sphere, and has given validity to racist far-right groups.[8] Some of the targeted groups were Jews, Muslims, Romani, and African and Asian migrants.[9] Meloni has also called for a crack down on Italy's African community, beginning with anti-immigration laws and fearmongering about "African infiltrators".[10]

Meloni signed laws preventing immigration and creating detention centers to send immigrants and refugees to in order to prevent what they perceive as "an invasion".[11]

Stopped clock[edit]

Despite being a fascist, Meloni is defensive of women's rights and, unlike her fans, considers herself a feminist. However, her "feminist" politics have been questioned after she banned abortion in Italy, though she denies that she's an antifeminist.[12]

Meloni has disavowed Putin and condemned the war in Ukraine, even going as far as to send aid into Ukraine.[13] She also called out Berlusconi when he blamed Zelenskyy for the war in Ukraine.[14]