Variety: D’Souza Is Backing Donald Trump, 'Insensitive Is Not Racist'

Originally posted at Variety by Brent Lang.

Just in time for another presidential election, Dinesh D’Souza — the Michael Moore of the right — is back with his latest incendiary documentary.

“Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” tries to tarnish the left’s legacy as a supporter of civil rights while taking down the party’s standard bearer. The film doesn’t just play like a greatest hits of Hillary Clinton’s scandals — from email-gate to Benghazi — it makes the argument that the Democratic Party has a history of supporting slavery and racism.

Though “Hillary’s America” probably won’t be selling out theaters in the West Village any time soon, it is resonating with conservative audiences. It opened to a robust $77,500 in just three theaters, and expands to 1,200 theaters this weekend.

The movie’s success is vindication for D’Souza. After scoring a big hit with “2016: Obama’s America,” his career was derailed in 2014 when he pled guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to a U.S. Senate candidate and was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house. D’Souza spoke with Variety about his legal challenges, Donald Trump’s campaign, and why movie critics hate his work.

Has Donald Trump seen the film?
I’m hoping he will see the film, because it applies to him. The main attack on Trump is that he’s a racist. He hates immigrants. He’s a fascist. Our movie turns the tables on all of that, and we actually show that the Democratic Party has been implicated in slavery, in segregation, in lynching, and in the support of Fascism in the 1930s. We’ve got the goods on Hillary and the Democrats. All of this could be really helpful to Trump. He doesn’t even have to get into it. He can just say, “Hey, go see the movie.”

Would you call Trump racist or sexist given the derogatory comments he’s made about women and immigrants?
Trump can be loose-lipped and he’s a bit of a wild man. He says things that are sometimes ill-considered and insensitive, but insensitive is not racist.

Your film claims that you were convicted for breaking campaign finance laws because President Obama wanted revenge for your previous films. Do you have any evidence to suggest that you were targeted out of retaliation by the Obama administration?
The FBI claimed that they had uncovered my case as a result of a routine review, but apparently this routine review yielded only a single offender. This notion of straw donations is very, very common in American politics. This apparent nationwide search only found one Dinesh D’Souza. I had given $20,000 over the campaign finance limit. No American has gone to prison or been locked up for doing what I did absent corruption, and in my case they didn’t even allege corruption. That’s why I think that this was a raw deal. Justice isn’t just a matter of whether or not you did it. It’s also a matter of does the penalty fit the crime and do other guys who did the same thing get roughly the same penalty.

Given that you believe that your conviction was a politically motivated attack, are you concerned about making another film? What will happen to you if Hillary Clinton wins?
I am somewhat concerned about that. I’m being very careful. I was a little careless with the campaign finance donations. I should have known that there was a big circle on my back. If you tick off the thin-skinned narcissist in the White House you should expect that there’s going to be some retribution. I’m being extra careful, but I’m not being paranoid either. We do live in a free country, you can say whatever you want, and certainly if something were to happen to me, if the creator, producer, and narrator of “Hillary’s America” were to disappear, who would be the main suspect?

Your film links the Democratic Party’s history of supporting slavery over 100 years ago with Hillary Clinton’s candidacy. Aren’t those separate topics?
If you really think about the Democratic Party’s arguments for Hillary this year, it would go something like this: “Yes, Hillary Clinton has made mistakes. But nevertheless she is the leader of a good party. A party that has stood up for blacks and for immigrants and outsiders. A party that has helped to secure civil rights and women’s rights.” My point is that this underlying morality tale is in fact false. The Democratic Party has been the party of slavery, segregation, lynchings, forced sterilization, and I could go on. People don’t know this. The point isn’t just history for its own sake. It’s to disrupt the illegitimate claim of the Democrats, who claim to have been always fighting for the right side of history.

If that is the case, why do African-Americans vote overwhelmingly for Democrats?
The core ideals of the Republican Party, I think, are very appealing and could easily win a majority of support. The main problem with the Republican Party is Republicans. And by Republicans, I don’t mean the rank-and-file voter. I just mean the people who run the party. The people who run these election campaigns. To me, this is not an election about building a wall. It’s not even an election about tax policy or even ISIS. The core issue is that this country is built on an idea that a guy can start at the bottom and that there are going to be ladders of opportunity that we can climb. And that how far we get up the ladder depends on luck and our own effort. Which is the party that protects the ladder? To me that’s the Republican Party. I think the Republican Party does a horrible job of describing what it actually stands for and a horrible job of communicating its message to Hispanics and to blacks.

What do you make of the Melania Trump plagiarism controversy?
If Melania Trump was putting in for the Pulitzer Prize, this might actually be a matter of some seriousness, but the truth is who the heck cares? We’re basically talking about the Eastern European model wife of Donald Trump. The election is between Trump and Hillary, so to me this is just a complete and ridiculous sideshow.

Trump has been a controversial nominee even among Republicans. Are you a supporter?
I’m very much behind him. My position on this whole thing is not, “Never Trump.” It’s “Never Hillary.”

What do you like about Trump?
I don’t know enough about Trump. I like that he’s unashamed about being successful in business. I like the fact that he’s an undisputed patriot. I like the fact that he calls it like he sees it. I like that when someone throws a punch against him, he doesn’t go into the fetal position. He punches back.

What are you doing next?
I’m giving some serious thought to putting my toe in the water of feature films. At the end of the day, Hollywood’s most powerful messaging is not in documentary films. It’s in romantic comedies and horror films and animated family films. The big man in Hollywood is not Michael Moore. It’s Steven Spielberg.

The reviews for “Hillary’s America” have been pretty bad. Have you read them?
I have combed through the critical reviews looking for a single factual error in the film and I’ve yet to find one. It looks like the critics go through the familiar 50-word vocabulary: paranoid, delusional, agitprop, blah, blah, blah. They just recycle those phrases ad nauseum as though they actually mean something. The truth of it is, I actually don’t care what those guys say. I only care about the audience reaction, which you’ll notice is a lot more favorable. I’m not worried. A 14% positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. That, in my opinion, is way too high. I’d be happy if it was in single digits.

Read more at Variety.

 

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11 Comments

  • Jho Depante says:

    July 22, 2016 at 4:23 pm

    For a long time I have held a deep admiration for Dinesh D’Souza. I’ve read 6 of his books, and thoroughly enjoy his fervent defense of Christianity in debates. I even share his political views. But if he is a Trump (a vile, hateful “human” being) supporter, then I’m afraid my admiration may have been misplaced. I can’t see anyone voting for Trump for reasons other than hatred and resentment at the core. Hillary wouldn’t be my first choice in any other year. But there isn’t a word or phrase I can use to describe the visceral effect my body has when imagining Trump as President. The fact that he’s the nominee of a once proud party is an inconceivable disgrace.

    • biff says:

      July 31, 2016 at 2:14 pm

      so, hillary (who should be in jail for myriad security breaches), a family `charity`, which is anything but.. has wiped out national security documents, (claimed to have turned over all relevant documents, but blocked the justice dept. for three years,,, then complained of the cost to taxpayers .(7.5 mill and counting) supports middle eastern monarchs that behead women for being raped, throw homosexuals off buildings , throw filmmakers in jail for alleged incitement to riot? and you have lost respest for d`nesh?

    • Jan says:

      August 4, 2016 at 12:58 pm

      I feel that the real disgrace is people who grab on to Dem (or RINO) talking points, swallow them whole, and spout them as fact. I am truly sorry for your body, but if we use our brains we will not lose respect for those who speak honestly; who bring out facts as opposed to lies. Trump is up front about what he thinks and plans to do. His opposition gives toothy smiles and platitudes while planning all kinds of things we wouldn’t want if we knew about them.

    • J Isbell says:

      August 12, 2016 at 3:19 pm

      Yeah Jan–but maybe the mainstream has truly convinced you that Trump is that bad–actually READ what he has said, as this gentleman has said, he is “insensitive” but “vile, hateful”? You need–in fairness, to offer some quotes, or reporting of facts, to back up that statement. The left does not, I understand that, they just say it–and then it gets repeated. Why for example, did one of his executives–a black woman, report that she never saw one ounce of racism, or favoritism re. promoting her vs a while person, or a male–why would she report that about this “vile, hateful man”, if that in fact, were the case? I really think the main stream has “gotten to you” on this issue, perhaps.

  • Elizabeth Edwards says:

    July 23, 2016 at 9:25 am

    I saw 2016 it was very good and informative. I didn”t vote for him. I fear him greatly and Hillary too.

    I was in a bad auto wreck on the way to work since I saw your 2016 movie I read your books as I can”t
    Walk anymore even after having surgery. My Son Tim and his wife saw your movie on 7/22 they said it
    was great. They went here in Atlanta .he brought me your book “Stealing
    America” whic is very good. He wants to go back today and see it again and possibly meet you as you are suppose to be at the theatre with Herman Caine. I sure wish and hope I can go to see it. I wish I could buy a DVD. God bless you.
    Please be very careful you are doing such a great service for America and you. Know better than anyone whT we are up against. Congratulation on your upcoming marriage she is very beautiful. Thank you for keeping me informed.

  • jomotro says:

    July 23, 2016 at 5:18 pm

    You can’t come against Hillary and support her good friend and fellow corrupt NY liberal, Donald Trump. Dinesh, your hatred of Hillary has blinded you into accepting anything but her. That is sad and dangerous.

  • David says:

    July 24, 2016 at 9:24 pm

    Just saw the film and it is marvelous! All points are backed up with evidence unlike the Left’s infantile defamatory finger-pointing & name-calling. Very interesting and well done!

    • Joe says:

      July 27, 2016 at 6:02 pm

      It is the Democratic machine and its philosophy of governance that we all need to understand. Hillary is simply the tip of the iceberg. As has been said, government is a public expression of service to the will of people, not the control and the manipulation over the people.

  • Woody says:

    July 30, 2016 at 12:13 am

    Thank you so much for the great work you are doing. It’s a shame more people didn’t see your film about Obama. Maybe he would never have been elected. This nation is in such a state of shambles, I don’t know if we will ever recover, I think we are running out of time according to GODS time clock. I can hardly believe the choices the American people have made for presidential candidates. They are a disgrace to a nation that was once called a Christian nation. That phrase has turned into nothing more than a big joke. Hillary is as evil as they come, and Trump is no better, except he may not be quite as big a crook, and that’s not giving him any kind of compliment. God have mercy on America if we don’t repent and turn back to HIM, he’s the one that made this country great.

  • Laurie says:

    August 5, 2016 at 3:46 pm

    Is this movie available on DVD? If so, what retailer carries it? The movie was in our town just one short week. Closest showing is 120 miles away!!

  • C Hyatt says:

    August 13, 2016 at 10:39 pm

    I haven’t read any of your books and from reading your biography I don’t think I want to. As I was reading it I kept telling myself he sounds just like Donald Trump. So, I wasn’t surprised when I got to the end and discovered that you were a Trump supporter. Trump is a crook and a liar and all he cares about is how he’s going to make another dollar and I think you sound just lke that too. Some people, as Donald would say, will do anything and use anyone to make himself a little richer and you sound just like him in that respect also. Glad you finally got indicted for some of your crooked ways and I think you should continue to teach the Mexicans English the rest of your life and sleep under your 400 lb room mate instead of on top of him. You might want to make it right with your maker before the day is over!

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