There is no doubt...ex-PM Silvio Berlusconi wears expensive Italian-made loafers.
He also likes to stick the soft kid leather...into his mouth...often!
Speaking at a Holocaust Memorial Day ceremony in Milano...Silvio praised dead fascist dictator...Benito Mussolini.
Silvio, 76...said Mussolini was wrong to pass many severe laws against the Jews...but was still a good leader.
An estimated 7,500 Italian Jews were sent to Nazi death camps.
He also defended Mussolini's alliance with Hitler.
Mussolini...aka...Il Duce...believed Italy would be on the winning side...by siding with the Nazis.
Berlusconi's newly re-constituted party has seen its poll numbers surge recently...to 29% from just 17% weeks ago...as a late February election approaches.
Mussolini is still held in high regard...by many older conservative Italians.
Berlusconi has defended Mussolini before.
In 2003...he stated flatly that Mussolini 'never killed anyone.'
Silvio's party chief defended the ex-PM's Holocaust Day remarks by noting that...'the fascist dictatorship never attained the horror of the Nazis or the Russians.'