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American Bunga Bunga

Silvio Berlusconi abused, insulted and exploited several women, who ultimately brought him down. Could the same happen to Donald Trump?

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AN OVERLY TANNED RIGHT-wing populist with a fervent base seemingly dodges scandal after scandal, until several women he’s abused, insulted or exploited finally lead to his downfall. That scenario may sound like Donald Trump’s presidency, albeit with a liberal fantasy ending. But I’m actually talking about Silvio Berlusconi, the flamboyant former Italian prime minister.

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