Right wingers love Giorgia Meloni’s speech that has surfaced again

On Sunday Italy will elect a new coalition for its parliament led by Giorgia Meloni. Meloni is poised to become the country’s first female prime minister when the government is in place.

Her party, the Brothers of Italy, is also Italy’s far-right political party, an ultranationalist and populist movement that is leading a growing tide of right-wing passion on the continent to a majority in parliament.

The party has been accused of being neo-fascist and has a direct line to Italy’s former fascist leader during World War II, Benito Mussolini. Mussolini’s granddaughter and great-grandson ran under the banner of the Brothers of Italy. Once formed, the coalition will be Italy’s most right-wing government since the 1940s.

After the win, an old speech Meloni gave in 2019 leaves the American right swooning over her and Italy’s nationalist victory.

In the clip, from a speech before the World Congress of Families, Meloni reaches the high points of the current culture war dispute, blasting those she says don’t support traditional national, religious and gender identities and want their every whim to be Be right but live in a society with no duties.

“Everything that defines us is an enemy now, so they attack national identity, they attack religious identity, they attack gender identity, they attack family identity. I can’t define myself as Italian, Christian, woman, mother, no. I must be citizen x, gender x, parent 1, parent 2. I must be a number, because if I am just a number, if I no longer have an identity or roots, then I will be the perfect slave at the mercy of the financial speculator.” .

The fiery speech has gone viral online among conservative commentators, many of whom have taken a hard toll on Meloni, including Gamergate pundit Ian Miles Cheong.

“My god, that’s it. That is the thing. @GiorgiaMeloni is the one we’ve been waiting for!” wrote one.

“Check out how the champion speaks,” he wrote Wayne Dupree.

“This is really prophetic stuff. This is not only political, it is apostolic. And quoting Chesterton at the end is great. This woman better have hermetic and deathly security,” wrote Steve Deace, moderator of the Flames.

Meloni concluded the speech by quoting English writer GK Chesterton, who has been accused by some of being anti-Semitic, an undercurrent that runs through most neo-fascist and far-right movements.

Even Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene (R-Ga.) shared the clip.

Several of the top posts on patriots.win, a pro-Donald Trump forum, were filled with similar praise for Meloni.

“Italy’s new PM Giorgia Meloni is an arsonist,” wrote someone who shared the speech. “The left thinks we don’t want women in power,” someone replied. “No. We don’t want THEIR women to be in power. We want strong women. Just like this one.”

Another gave a different speech of hers on national conservatism. “Excellent, cites Reagan and Trump. And also pay attention to their mode of delivery. Impressive.”

The love of a far-right European leader is nothing new for the extreme right. For years, some have idolized Hungary’s Viktor Orban, a nationalist and hardliner on immigration. The Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) even had Orban chair its conference in Dallas this year.

Meloni might not be far behind.

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*Initial publication: September 26, 2022 at 10:10 am CDT

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