Former liberal Prime Minister Matteo Renzi of Italy debunked leftists’ bogus claims that soon-to-be Prime Minister Giorgia Meloni is a supposed “danger to democracy” or risk of “fascism” in the country.
Renzi said to CNN, “the idea that now there is a risk of fascism in Italy is absolutely fake news.” Breitbart reports:
“Personally, I was against Giorgia Meloni. I’m not her best friend. We grew up together in politics, but we are, and will be, rivals, always,” said Renzi, who served as Prime Minister of Italy for nearly three years until December 2016, and is the leader of the liberal “Italia Viva” party.
“At the same time, I think [Meloni] is not a danger [to] Italian democracy,” Renzi continued. “She is my rival, and we will continue to fight each other, but the idea that now there is a risk of fascism in Italy is absolutely fake news.”
The former Prime Minister went on to say that Meloni won Sunday night’s election, “particularly because populism, a lot of times, [wins] in Italy.”
“She has a majority coalition, and probably she will be — I think next month — the next Prime Minister,” Renzi said, before doubling down on his claim that “democracy” is not at risk.
“That is very important, because I fought against her, but at the same time, I think there is not a danger for fascism in Italy,” Renzi added.