Originally posted at WND by Paul Bremmer.
The day the FBI banged on Dinesh D’Souza’s door, nabbing him for a campaign-finance-law violation, he knew it was retribution for his 2012 film 2016: Obama’s America. He knew the president had raged against the movie on BarackObama.com and surely must have been eager to bring the full wrath of his Justice Department down on D’Souza’s head.
The provocative filmmaker maintains no American had ever been locked up for what he did–illegally donating to the U.S. Senate campaign of his friend Wendy Long. Yet D’Souza was sentenced to eight months in a halfway house.
“I took the lemon, I tried to make it into lemonade,” D’Souza said during a recent appearance on the Jesse Lee Peterson Radio Show. “I learned from that experience and I put it right in this new movie ‘Hillary’s America.’”
D’Souza told Peterson he was never bitter about what he saw as a politically motivated arrest and sentence, although he was at times indignant and infuriated.
“They ordered me to mandatory psychiatric counseling,” D’Souza said. “Now how stupid is this? This is for a campaign-finance-law violation. This is not the Soviet Union. I didn’t put bodies in the refrigerator like Jeffrey Dahmer. So to me a lot of this stuff was just completely nuts, but I said, look, this is dumb, but that’s OK. I’ll get through it and I’ll come out stronger at the other end.”
Peterson, a WND columnist and author of The Antidote: Healing America From the Poison of Hate, Blame, and Victimhood, remarked that D’Souza never gives up and has always appeared “tough from within.” The filmmaker attributed his inner toughness to his upbringing in India, a country full of gangs and high on corruption and bribery.
“When I came to America, it was like I went from living in black and white to living in color,” D’Souza commented.
Peterson also expressed admiration for D’Souza’s ability to overcome the government’s attempt to punish him without becoming a broken man.
“That says a lot because the average man today–not all, but most–they’re so weak due to the failures of their fathers and mothers that they don’t have that inner strength to endure all things,” Peterson said.
D’Souza shared the source of his inner strength.
“I had a wonderful family, I had good teachers, and I have a deep faith, and those are three unbelievably good fortifications to go through difficulties in life and come out not only even, but actually come out stronger,” he said.
D’Souza saw how gleeful the liberal media were when he was convicted. To him, it showed the difference between the liberal and conservative mentalities.
“I don’t agree with Michael Moore,” he revealed. “I think he’s kind of a buffoon, but I wouldn’t dream of trying to put him in prison or lock him up. The left doesn’t think that way. Their view is that their opponents are not merely wrong; we are evil. And so they are very happy. I could see these reporters in the courtroom, and they knew the whole thing was staged. It was like a Stalinist show trial to some degree, but they were laughing and chuckling.”
As an immigrant, D’Souza partook of the American Dream, but he now believes that dream is in peril. Through his new movie and book Hillary’s America, he attempts to warn Americans that if Hillary Clinton is elected, America will be so utterly transformed as to make it unrecognizable.
He told Peterson he supports Donald Trump for president because Trump is the only one who can realistically stop Clinton from seizing power at this point.
“I believe that we need Donald Trump,” the reverend said. “If we ever needed a man like Trump, we need him now, because if Hillary gets in there, as you know, we’re going to lose America. It’s over, and I don’t know if we’ll ever return. She will continue to carry out what Obama has carried out for the last seven and a half years or so.”
D’Souza added he sees Hillary as worse than Obama in at least one respect.
“Obama at the end of the day is an ideologue,” he reasoned. “We may not agree with his ideology, but he believes it, poor guy. Hillary and Bill are more like gangsters. This is like Bonnie and Clyde, and these people have been running rackets since the Arkansas days. So we’ve had crooks in America before, but we didn’t know they were crooks in advance. With Hillary, we know.”
D’Souza hopes Hillary’s America will “strip moral capital” from the Clintons and the entire Democratic Party. The book has already topped the New York Times Bestsellers list, and the movie quickly became the top-grossing documentary of 2016.
Peterson offered praise for D’Souza’s work:
“A whole bunch of my friends have seen [the movie], and they were all enlightened by it, they loved it, and they believe that the world should see it.”
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