Originally posted at WND.
Hillary Clinton is raising eyebrows with her attacks on the “alt right,” a term that is being applied to a segment of American society, even though it’s one most of her own supporters don’t recognize.
But it isn’t a new political order—just the same old Democratic Party playbook, according to filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, author of Hillary’s America and writer and director of the film of the same name.
He told WND, “I thought it’s just the Democrats going to their usual playbook. This allegation of bigotry that is made against the right, it’s something that always works for them.”
However, D’Souza said there is one factor Clinton and her party may not have considered—the backbone of Donald J. Trump.
“Normally, Republicans when faced with this charge, they go into the fetal position, they pray it goes away,” he said. “Donald Trump, to his credit, is willing to hit back. I think that we have a lot of ammunition for him in ‘Hillary’s America’, the book and the movie, and I hope he draws on that resource.”
Trump has already encouraged his supporters to see the film via Twitter.
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 23, 2016
“There’s a deep irony about all this,” D’Souza said about the Democrats’ use of the race card. “The Democratic Party is the party of bigotry, white supremacy, and the Ku Klux Klan. It was a delegate to the Democratic national convention, Nathan Bedford Forrest, who founded the Klan. It was Woodrow Wilson, a progressive Democratic president, who revitalized the Klan. Faced with this history, I’m glad Trump has the bravery to hit back.”
Ben Kinchlow, the former co-host of The 700 Club, an exclusive WND columnist and the author of Black Yellowdogs, also accused Clinton of avoiding the real issues.
“I think Mrs. Clinton did her usual outstanding job of avoiding the issues and focusing on those things that would generate the most media coverage, i.e., racism,” he told WND. “She spent almost the entire speech focusing on alleged racism and racist remarks of Trump and his campaign. It is not necessary to address political issues when you can focus on personal issues and get support from the national media doing it.”
But Kinchlow said by shifting the spotlight to racism, the Democrats risk starting a debate they really don’t want to have.
“One of the advantages, or disadvantage, depending on perspective, of history is that it can bring the facts to light,” he told WND. “As said by John Adams, ‘Facts are stubborn things.’ All Trump has to do is remind people of the historical and provable fact that all racism from 1860s to 1960s was perpetrated by Democrats. Every civil rights bill from 1865 to 1965 was passed by Republicans over the strenuous objection of Democrats. Lyndon Johnson bragged that he would have blacks (he used the ‘N word’) eating out of the Democrats’ hand for decades when he signed the Republican-introduced-and-passed Civil Rights Act of 1964 and Voting Rights Act of 1965.”
Kinchlow said the media’s contention the Republicans have a problem with racism is a lie.
“I have never experienced racism in the conservative movement,” Kinchlow, an African-American, told WND. “I have spoken in most of the southern states when Pat Robertson was running for president in 1988 and not once did I experience even the remotest hint of racism by any of the candidates, delegates or attendees at rallies. This is the observation of someone who is intimately familiar with the real racism of the ’40s, ’50s and early ’60s.”
Part of that “real racism,” as D’Souza pointed out, was former Democrat Sen. Robert Byrd, who once led a chapter of the Ku Klux Klan. As D’Souza noted, former President Bill Clinton eulogized Byrd after his death and made a “revealing statement” about Byrd’s involvement in the infamous racist terrorist organization.
“The Democrats lionized Robert Byrd,” said D’Souza. “They called him the conscience of the Senate. And Clinton told everyone, ‘Don’t be too hard on Byrd for being in the Klan because you had to be in the Klan to advance in the Democratic Party.’”
Clinton’s exact quote was: “There are a lot of people who wrote these eulogies for Sen. Byrd in the newspapers—and I read a bunch of them—and they mentioned that he once had a fleeting association with the Ku Klux Klan. And what does that mean? I’ll tell what you it means. He was a country boy from the hills and hollers of West Virginia. He was trying to get elected. And maybe he did something he shouldn’t have done, and he spent the rest of his life making it up. And that’s what a good person does.”
In contrast to Byrd and the Democrats, D’Souza said Donald Trump has never harmed anyone. He also said claims Trump is creating a new kind of conservatism are overstated.
“Hillary attacked the alt right and implied Trump is creating a new kind of conservatism that is in bed with white supremacists and racists,” he told WND. “Trump is trying to create a new Republican Party. He’s trying to fumigate and unfreeze and open up the GOP. He’s operating under the assumption the GOP hasn’t learned anything new for years. I think that’s something good that … Trump is doing but there’s nothing alt right about it.”
D’Souza said Trump, rather than being part of the alt right, fits within the conservative mainstream.
“I’m a Reagan, Buckley conservative, I’m a mainstream conservative,” D’Souza said of his own background. “So I call myself a patriot. Trump is a patriot. I’m a free-market guy, so is he. Where is this new conservatism? I have some minor disagreements with Trump, but that doesn’t mean a new conservatism.”
D’Souza admitted the alt right is a real phenomenon, but he suggested Trump’s ties to the groups are not just overstated—they’re entirely absent.
“Yes, there is a group of sort of intellectual white nationalists,” D’Souza said. “I attended a conference put on by Jared Taylor of American Renaissance years ago to observe them as part of my book on racism. There are people who think the Civil War came out the wrong way, etc. But to me, that is a very small, independent segment doing its own thing. This is not Trump’s background. I don’t think Trump even knew who these people were.”
In a recent interview, Trump denied any involvement with the movement or even knowledge about what it is all about.
“I don’t even know—nobody even knows what it is,” Trump told CNN’s Anderson Cooper. “And she [Hillary Clinton] didn’t know what it was. This is a term that was just given that—frankly, there’s no alt right or alt left. All I’m embracing is common sense.”
D’Souza said just because some white supremacists endorse Trump doesn’t mean Trump is tied to them.
“When Reagan was running, a white supremacist leader endorsed him,” D’Souza recalled. “Reagan said something to the effect of just because he endorses me doesn’t mean I endorse him. I think Trump will actually need to go further than Reagan in showing his real concern about African-Americans and his determination to solve the problems Democrats have created for them. And I think he’s doing that now.”
Indeed, Kinschow says the Democrats’ record on race is so bad, any honest examination would lead Americans to laugh at Hillary Clinton’s charges of racism. Unfortunately, the Christian commentator says Hillary has a powerful weapon—the practically unanimous and overt support of the national media.
“One of the things that Hillary Clinton does not have to be concerned about is any exposure by the national media of missteps she may have made in the past,” he said. “The media is convinced that America needs a female president, so they will conveniently and deliberately, I might add, ignore anything that could possibly be used against her. Let us just be aware that Clinton is counting on the liberal media following her lead in exposing ‘that racist Donald Trump.’”
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