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By Tony Connelly | Sports Marketing Reporter

July 24, 2016 | 2 min read

Donald Trump's controversial discourses have been widely criticised from both ends of the political spectrum but now the presidential hopefuls 'make America great again' rhetoric looks tarnished after it emerged that the line is an echo from a speech given by fascist dictator, Benito Mussolini.

In March 1929 the Italian leader appeared in a televised news real for Fox News Service, part of Fox Film, which later merged with Twentieth Century Pictures in 1935 to form 20th Century Fox. The speech can also be viewed here.

The broadcast marked one of the first sight-and-sound newsreels in history, and showed Mussolini calling on Italian immigrants to "make America great."

Speaking in English Mussolini says: "I greet with wonderful energy the American people and I see and recognize among you the salt of your land, as well as ours, my fellow citizens who are working to make America great."

Not long after this speech Mussolini abandoned the prospect of a brighter era and joined forces with Adolf Hitler in trying to reshape world history.

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The embarrassment comes just one week after Donald Trump's wife, Melania Trump, gave a speech at the Republican National Convention which was later revealed to have been lifted almost word for word from a speech which the first lady, Michelle Obama, had given in 2008.

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