Originally published at Newsmax.
Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza says Republicans have produced a crop of “young, dynamic, and ethnically diverse” candidates for the 2016 presidential race, while Democrats have one “elderly white woman.”
“It’s actually remarkable … If someone were to come to America from Mars, they would notice right away that one party, the Democrats, have one candidate. It’s basically an elderly white woman,” D’Souza said Wednesday on “The Steve Malzberg Show” on Newsmax TV.
“The Republicans have 10 candidates and they’re young, dynamic, and ethnically diverse. You’ve got immigrants, women, and the whole range.
“Right away you see a kind of anomaly, a difference between the two parties that’s very palpable and impossible to ignore, and yet you can go from one network to the other and no one is saying a word about it.”
D’Souza — a former American Enterprise Institute and Hoover Institution Fellow and director of the documentary, America: Imagine the World Without Her, and 2016: Obama’s America — said he is not surprised Hillary Clinton’s road trip to Iowa appears completely staged.
“This has become part of the way we do politics in this country, but it’s the deception that’s being put on the American people,” he said.
“For people who are watching they’re going to think it’s a little bit like when you open the newspaper. You think that’s what happened in the new yesterday, but you don’t realize that a whole complicated process of selection, photographs, and headlines has gone into The New York Times as selection of what is the news.
“Similarly here, you’ve got all this stage craft that’s being presented as if it were natural. In the case of Hillary Clinton, you could say the same thing about a lot of her recent life, because the Clintons have put on a kind of public show that is so different than the real way in which they live.”
D’Souza expects the media to play it straight when it comes to covering the presidential race.
“We’ve got to realize, those of us who are on the conservative side, that with the media you’re not basically looking at a mirror or you’re not looking at a glass that’s transparent and looking at politics,” he said.
“You’re looking at a kind of periscope or refracting lens that’s going to constantly give us a spin and a kind of twisted view of what’s actually happening.
“The media is now part of the political process itself and it’s probably a weapon that the Democratic Party is counting on for 2016.”
Asked by Malzberg whether Republicans have candidates unlike [former Massachusetts Gov.] Mitt Romney and [Sen.] John McCain [of Arizona] that will be willing, ready and able to fight the skewed coverage, D’Souza replied:
“It’s a supreme challenge. [Ronald] Reagan, of course, had a particular ability to transcend, go over the heads, if you will, of the press.
“Not an easy thing to do to be able to, in a sense, communicate, you might also say telepathically, with the American people through and against the wishes of a lot of people in the press.”
D’Souza also advised the GOP to be savvy about race and gender issues.
“Remember when Hillary went up against Obama, she tried to play the gender card. She may have pulled out the queen and then Obama pulled out the ace, which was the race card, which trumped the gender card at least within the Democratic primaries,” he said.
“They’re going to be playing all this politics in a very big way. The first black, the first woman, the first woman to succeed the first black, and Republicans can’t be blind to the politics of that.”
Thus far, three Republican lawmakers have declared their candidacies: Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, and Marco Rubio of Florida. Several more GOP heavyweights are expected to declare, as well.
But the only Democrat to declare has been Clinton, who is the presumed Democratic choice for the 2016 race.
D’Souza is now serving probation and community service after pleading guilty to making illegal campaign contributions in which he used straw donors to support the New York Senate campaign of a friend, Wendy Long.
D’Souza has maintained that he was targeted by the Obama administration for his political beliefs. At the same time, he said at the end of the trial that he felt his sentencing was just.
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