Louis Jacobson, “Madeleine Albright Compares Mussolini, Trump on Use of ‘Drain the Swamp’,” Politfact

“We can understand fascism’s social, agricultural, and racial policies through the concept of ‘reclamation’ — draining or cleansing something to regenerate or remake it,” said Ruth Ben-Ghiat, a professor of history and Italian studies at New York University and author of Fascist Modernities: Italy, 1922-1945.

However, Mussolini does not seem to have used the Italian version of Trump’s “drain the swamp” term. Indeed, the phrase’s origin appears to be as American as apple pie.

Louis Jacobson, “Madeleine Albright Compares Mussolini, Trump on Use of ‘Drain the Swamp’,” Politfact
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