- The Washington Times - Thursday, January 7, 2021

Henry Winkler wished the opposite of happy days for President Trump, hoping instead he suffers the same fate as slain Italian dictator Benito Mussolini following Wednesday’s uprising on Capitol Hill.

Mr. Winkler, who rose to fame playing The Fonz on the ‘70s sitcom “Happy Days,” compared Mr. Trump to Mussolini in a Twitter post that disappeared from the social media platform shortly afterward.

“TRUMP is exactly like MUSSOLINI .. his term should end that way,” Mr. Winker wrote in the tweet, which was archived online prior its removal from the actor’s Twitter feed.

Mussolini, a co-founder of fascism, led Italy for more than two decades before he was deposed during World War II and later executed. His corpse was then hung upside down on meat hooks on display outside a gas station and desecrated.

Mr. Winkler compared Mr. Trump to Mussolini after the president fomented an insurrection Wednesday in which thousands of his supporters breached the U.S. Capitol while protesting the outcome of his recent failed race for re-election.

While the Mussolini tweet vanished later Wednesday, Mr. Winkler said in a subsequent post that he hopes people besides the president pay a price for the part.

“All I can think about is CONSEQUENCES for those INSIDE AND OUTSIDE our nation’s Capital Building ..who tried to throw our fragile democracy out to sea,” Mr. Winkler, 75, tweeted Thursday.

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