Nebraska punter apologizes for praising Italy’s new Conservative leader, removes post

A college football player was forced to apologize on Twitter and withdrew his support for Italy’s presumed new prime minister. Liberals are conservative nationalists who describe themselves as fascists.

“I apologize for posting without understanding the reality of what I posted,” said Brian Buschini, a novice punter at the University of Nebraska. I have written A day after he praised the new Italian leader in a now-deleted post via Twitter on Sept. 28.

Giorgia Meloni, who heads Italy’s right-wing Brothers, secured the largest share of the vote in Sunday’s national elections and is set to become the country’s first female prime minister later next month. At 45, he became the youngest minister in Italian history at 21.

Following her victory in the Italian election earlier this week, Meloni’s 2019 speech promoting traditional values ​​has resurfaced and gone viral online.

“Why is my family my enemy? Why is my family so terrifying?” “There is one answer to all these questions, because it defines us. Because it is our identity. Everything that defines us no longer gives us identity.” , because they are now enemies to those who simply wish to enslave complete consumerism.”

“And they are attacking national identity, religious identity, gender identity, family identity,” she continued. “I cannot define myself as Italian, Christian, female, mother. No, I must be Citizen X, Gender X, Parent 1, Parent 2. I must be a number. Because when I’m just a number, with no more identity or roots, I’ll be a perfect slave at the mercy of financial speculators.

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Brothers of Italy leader Giorgia Meloni gestures during a press conference in Rome, Italy on September 25, 2022. (Antonio Masiello/Getty Images)

Buschini, also a sophomore in Montana, first responded by writing: Love this! But it didn’t take long before the post drew backlash from liberals, prompting players to delete the original post and apologize.

“I would like to take the time to apologize for the tweet I posted yesterday,” his statement read.

“I saw a headline in a speech delivered by the new Italian prime minister that seemed to support Christianity and family values. I tweeted without knowing about the movement, I do not endorse fascism or racism in any way,” Buschini added.

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Meloni, who leads the coalition of conservative parties, is now poised to lead the most conservative government since World War II. The politician has long been portrayed as “extreme right”.

In a June speech, she compared her politics to those of conservative lawmakers in the US and UK.

“Yes to natural family, no to LGBT lobby, yes to sexual identity, no to gender ideology, yes to culture of life, no to the abyss of death,” she said. “No to Islamic violence, safer borders, no to mass immigration, yes to working for the people, no to major international finance.”

Meloni also backed Western policy toward Ukraine and pledged not to take undue risks in the eurozone’s third-largest economy.

The Democratic Party, the country’s main center-left group, conceded defeat early Monday and said it would be the largest opposition force in the next Congress.

Italy has a history of political instability and the next Prime Minister has headed its 68th government since 1946, and faces many problems, especially high energy costs and economic headwinds.

Reuters contributed to this report.

Rita Lee


Rita Lee is a reporter for The Epoch Times, focusing on topics related to the United States and China. She started writing her Chinese version in 2018.