Originally posted at WND.
Whether or not Hillary Clinton got a “bounce” following the Democrat Convention in Philadelphia, Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, the highly critical book and documentary by Dinesh D’Souza that reveals the Democrat nominee’s history and the history of her party, certainly did.
For the first time, Hillary’s America made the New York Times Bestseller list, coming in second behind another book exposing Clinton’s past behavior, just two weeks after its release.
The movie, first appearing in theaters on the eve of the Democrat convention, has already become the top-grossing documentary of 2016, and, with a gross of $6.3 million on Thursday, has joined the list of top-10 grossing political documentaries of all time. With its current momentum, Hillary’s America is expected to surpass Michael Moore’s Roger & Me — gross $6.7 million — this weekend.
Indeed, IndieWire has dubbed D’Souza “the conservative Michael Moore.”
D’Souza, in an interview at the Republican Convention in Cleveland, told WND the movie and the timing of its release was meant to counter the Democrats’ message.
“They’ll put out their narrative, and we’ll put out our counter-narrative,” he said.
The Democrats’ narrative is that racism, particularly from the right and the Republican Party, keeps blacks in poverty.
But D’Souza, in the movie and the companion book of the same name, takes viewers through the history of slavery and the Jim Crow era, arguing that it’s the Democrats who need to own up to a racist past.
The film begins with scenes from the San Diego halfway house where D’Souza was confined nightly in fulfillment of his 2015 sentence for pleading guilty to violations of federal campaign-finance law. Many conservatives claimed the Obama administration was exacting revenge on D’Souza for criticizing the president in his film 2016: Obama’s America. Gerald R. Molen, producer of D’Souza’s two previous films, told WND in January 2015 the charges were “the equivalent of prosecuting a political dissident in the Soviet Union for jaywalking.”
Addressing the Conservative Political Action Conference, CPAC, in February, D’Souza said that if Obama’s America “got me eight months in the slammer, this new movie is going to earn me life in prison.”
“It’s time to take the gloves off.”
Speaking to Rush Limbaugh Thursday, D’Souza said, “It’s beautiful to have the movie come out just this week because it is such a powerful counter-narrative to all the nonsense that we’re hearing out of Philadelphia. The Democrats keep saying we’re the party of the little guy and the ordinary man and we’re the party of Latinos and immigrants and blacks. And part of what we show in the movie is that the Democratic Party is actually the party of slavery, of segregation, of Jim Crow, of the Ku Klux Klan, of lynching, of forced sterilization, sympathy for fascism in the 1930s.
“The Democrats are the ones who interned the Japanese-Americans after World War II. So unbelievably, this Democratic Party has been implicated in the most sordid and heinous acts of history, and yet in a move of unbelievable Jiu-Jitsu what they do is they take all their crimes and blame them on the south or blame them on the Republicans or blame them on America, as if America did this or America did that, but America didn’t do it. The Democrats did.
“Many of the themes of the old rural plantations the Democrats have recreated not just for blacks, but for immigrants they’ve created barrios, ghettos, and slums. They’re responsible for it. There’s no Republicans around, it’s Democratic mayors, Democratic school superintendents, Democrats all the way down. This is the miserable bigoted legacy of this Democratic Party.
“I think this is the power of the movie. It completely interrupts and discombobulates the Democratic narrative.
In its first 10 days of release, Hillary’s America beat out Moore’s recent Where to Invade Next? While Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11, which grossed $119 million, is sure to hold its place as the highest-grossing documentary of all time for a very long time, D’Souza’s earlier “2016: Obama’s America,” released at the heart of the 2012 presidential election, is No. 6 on the top 20 list at $33 million, beating Al Gore’s An Inconvenient Truth and all of Moore’s films except Fahrenheit 9/11.
The stunning success of Hillary’s America has been in spite of the critics, noted IndieWire. It was given an “all-time low” of 1 out of 100 by Metracritic and panned with one star by the New York Post. The movie is currently playing in 1,200 theaters, and its gross receipts are still rising..
“I came to America to live a different kind of life and to experience the American dream,” D’Souza told Limbaugh.
“No other country has a dream. There’s no Indian dream. There’s no French dream. There’s no Chinese dream. This is a country where you can start out at the bottom and, if you climb up the ladders of opportunity, you’re gonna get ahead.”
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