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Subject: in der italienischen Buffo-Manier
From: Stephen Charitan <[log in to unmask]>
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Date:Thu, 20 Apr 2017 20:56:21 -0400
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Trump Tells Italian Prime Minister Pavarotti Is a 'Great Friend.' Pavarotti
Died 10 Years Ago.
<http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash>
by David Badash <http://www.thenewcivilrightsmovement.com/davidbadash>
April 20, 2017 6:21 PM

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Pavarotti's Family Didn't Think So

As he so often does, President Donald Trump embellished a written speech
with some personal anecdotes Thursday afternoon, but this time they turned
out to be rather embarrassing. In a joint press conference with the Prime
Minister of Italy, Paolo Gentiloni, the U.S. President heralded his "great
friend
<https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/national/trump-says-late-pavarotti-is-a-great-friend/2017/04/20/b603ec76-2610-11e7-928e-3624539060e8_video.html>"
Luciano
Pavarotti.

Luciano Pavarotti died in 2007.

"Through the ages your country has been a beacon of artistic and scientific
achievement," Trump told Prime Minister Gentiloni. "That continues today."

"From Venice to Florence to Verdi to Pavarotti – friend of mine," President
Trump said. "Great friend of mine," he concluded.

Trump should remember the late Italian operatic tenor. Last summer during
the race for the White House the Trump campaign frequently
<http://www.reuters.com/article/us-usa-election-pavarotti-trump-idUSKCN1012T0>
used Pavarotti's rendition of the Puccini's aria "Nessun Dorma" ("None
Shall Sleep") without permission. Pavarotti's family sent a letter
requesting they stop using his music.

The family's statement was not a generic request, but rather, an attack on
Trump's character. It said
<https://www.nytimes.com/2016/07/23/arts/music/luciano-pavarotti-donald-trump-soundtrack.html>
that "the values of brotherhood and solidarity which Luciano Pavarotti
expressed throughout the course of his artistic career are entirely
incompatible with the worldview offered by the candidate Donald Trump."

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