TheBlaze: D’Souza Takes on Entire Panel of Leftists in Debate on Slavery, Obama

Originally published at TheBlaze.

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza ruffled some feathers during a Thursday appearance on MSNBC, engaging in a debate with the show’s liberal host and panel over his new movie America.

Ed Show guest host Michael Eric Dyson asked D’Souza how he reconciled slavery while challenging the “theft and pillage narrative of America’s history.”

“Well, first of all, you have to remember, the ethic of conquest, the idea that you get land by grabbing it from someone else has been occurring since the dawn of mankind,” the conservative filmmaker answered, noting that native Americans often took land from others.

“Slavery was a universal institution, but only one nation, America, fought a war to end it,” he added.

Panelists Zerlina Maxwell and Eric Boehlert then asserted President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are “very centrist” Democrats, challenging D’Souza’s depiction of Obama as a “radical.”

D’Souza countered, saying both the president and Clinton have been influenced by Saul Alinksy and insisting such criticism is perfectly legitimate.

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  • Karen Zolnier says:

    July 11, 2014 at 8:59 AM

    Thank you Dinesh!

  • Aaron says:

    July 11, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    The progressives are Communist. They adopted the name because Americans would not vote for them. Hiding behind their new name, they want to take away every persons freedom. Thank you Dinesh

  • BP says:

    July 11, 2014 at 8:16 PM

    Dinesh wins!

  • Bob Cummings says:

    July 11, 2014 at 8:23 PM

    Thank you Dinesh. Great job on this interview and the one on ABC. Excellent exposure and just being on the national show helps your movie and book. All three of the liberals on this interview forge that your movie received an A+.

  • Jackie says:

    July 11, 2014 at 8:28 PM

    Thank you Dinesh, YOU are a GREAT American.
    Obama was THE most Liberal when he was a Senator, he sure didn’t change his colors.

  • Tim says:

    July 11, 2014 at 9:02 PM

    Such a liberal biased show. The facts are indisputable yet they keep hammering Dinesh as if he is the ignorant one. Also the live comments that kept popping up showed the stupidity of their viewers.

  • Linda says:

    July 11, 2014 at 10:19 PM

    Thank you Dinesh. It’s so obvious that you know your history and they do not. I was really impressed with how you kept your cool with 3 leftists went after you. I think that is because when your right, you know it and their is a calmness there. Keep up the good fight. Will keep you in my prayers

  • Cindy Fish says:

    July 11, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    Thank you Dinesh!!! This was not a very “balanced” interview, yet, even though it was 3 against one, actually, mentally the three together still did not equal your intelligence, you handled yourself as a true gentleman!!! I am going to see your movie tomorrow afternoon and am really looking forward to it. I like to be informed as to what is really going on in this world because I too can read between the lips of those which utter falsehoods. You, Mr. D’Souza, are a breath of fresh air and I have the utmost respect for you and your brilliance!

  • Amy Livingston says:

    July 11, 2014 at 10:52 PM

    I am very excited to see the movie America and to read the book. I have heard and read several interviews with the author and I believe he is looking at the facts based upon a global standard and comparison across the board with all races, countries, and histories while staying away from the racial garbage dump that many is citizens choose to remain in. It’s 2014 people, get over the race issues. Get over the gender issues, lose the political rhetoric!!!
    Let’s all focus on the AMERICAN issues before this great country is lost. Wake up, open your eyes, ears and minds and listen to each other and look at what is happening to all of us and this country. Before it is too late.

  • Nick says:

    July 11, 2014 at 11:22 PM


    Well done, sir. Keep fighting the good fight. You’re an inspiration for every conservative in this country, and we need you on the front line. I had the pleasure of meeting you a few years back at a luncheon in Denver. Utmost respect for you and what you’re doing to help save our country.


  • Terry Lynn says:

    July 11, 2014 at 11:35 PM

    The ignorance and partisanship is on full display for Dinesh’s weapon less opponents here, especially when they try and pass off Obama and Hillary as centrists. No wonder nobody watches this networks news programs. You’d learn more watching SpongeBob.

  • Schae says:

    July 12, 2014 at 3:42 AM

    Why didn’t he bring up the Democratic association with the KKK, and how the Democrats instituted Jim Crow. Or, how muslim raiders built the foundation of the European slave trade. Progressivism was not the cause or reason for the end of slavery Conservatism was. Liberals (mental slave makers)have lied and twisted history…Dsouza its time to pull a Mose (take off the gloves) and demand that you let my people go (let Americans go).

  • Rachel says:

    July 12, 2014 at 5:22 AM

    Obama & Hillary r “centrists”?? Yikes! Centrist Communists, maybe. I noticed how those lefties absolutely SQUIRMED when Dinesh was defending America. And then when he put down the Marxist Alinsky and tied him to Barry & Killary, steam was coming out of their ears. I supposed they consider themselves “centrists” too? I guess all “centrists” detest their own country like that bunch of subversives? It makes me absolutely SICK to think there are so many here like them. God help us all.

  • Marilyn says:

    July 12, 2014 at 9:19 AM

    Talk about verbal warfare with 3 unarmed people! The truth always prevails!

  • Tammy says:

    July 12, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    The Truth stands!

  • InvictusLUX says:

    July 12, 2014 at 1:19 PM

    The panel moderator is disingenuous and corrupt. To dare suggest that it was Christianity that sanctified the practice of slavery in America is an utter ahistorical lie. He can point to not one single Orthodox Protestant or Catholic teaching anywhere that advances any notion of slavery as a virtue and is showing his utter ignorance for what the entire Judeo-Christian history (Providence) is all about. It was BECAUSE of slavery (a metaphor too for sin) that God ransoms Israel to make her free for delivery to the Promised Land (also a metaphor for Heaven). It was BECAUSE of man’s slavery to sin that God ransomed them with his Divine Son (Jesus) so that we would no longer be slaves but free men – and not only for the Jews but all nations (the universality of Christianity). Slavery was not always one flavor of chattel slavery. It was in fact a means by which a person could sell himself as a bond servant into slavery to guarantee himself and his family food, shelter, clothing and skill knowledge — the very thing that brings us modern day guilds and then unions. He also forgets that it was mostly Christian abolitionists who desired to free slaves (in a reckless and naive way that would have caused massive bloodshed – ref. Harper’s Ferry where they tried to incite a new Negro Nation and bloody uprising by arming them).

    Christianity was the very first to call for an end to chattel forms of slavery – ref. St. Patrick in the 400 AD time frame – himself a slave who converted to Christianity and in turn converted many pagan chiefs and had them renounced the practice except for paying restitution for war crimes when enemy were captured.

    It was only a very few individual men who were slave owners – 95% of Southerners never owned slaved and did NOT fight for slavery but rather fought for the right to secede and retain the state as its own sovereign entity that was not beholding to corrupt Yankee politicians, bankers and industrialists; the latter who feared the south was doing an end-run around their economic net and trading too independently with The British again.

  • Cat says:

    July 12, 2014 at 2:16 PM

    Great job Dinesh! Did anyone notice when it would cut back to the other two, the woman as usually making a face or rolling her eyes and then quickly switched to a fake smile knowing she was back on TV. Such disrespect and lack of professionalism. I guess that’s he spoiled children act when things aren’t going their way.

  • chris says:

    July 12, 2014 at 3:14 PM

    For once, I would love to see a debate where you actually allow the person under attack (D’Douza in this case) actually respond fully to the accusations from the shooting gallery..Time and time again, they are allowed to fire away after a few back and froths and before D’Souza can articulate his point, the moderator cuts it off and asks completely different question..We will get no where in this country if we can’t allow a FULL and roust debate to ferret out the truth behind the debate and separate fact form emotion..My only complaint of D’ Souza is that he is too nice..He conforms to the debate as the host leads it; rather than insisting the topic still open get fully discussed.
    Until those who contest liberal ideology stand up to this type of “bullying” they truth and the logic behind the facts will never ever see the light of day..Next time, PLEASE stick to a very few topics if time is short or limited and get through it all…It’s like a boxer getting the crap kicked out of him and having the bell ring and the very moment the knock out punch is coming..This happens in presidential debates as well.. It’s all surfaced level rhetoric and talking points….Can we please get into the meat and potatoes and finish them before the next course for once..Of course we all know arguing with emotion and leftist ideology will never allow it..Maybe there are a few who are willing..Lets find them..

  • Jan says:

    July 12, 2014 at 6:30 PM

    I haven’t seen the movie, but I do believe that we need to look at where we are headed and what we are in for with all of the illegals coming into this country and destroying are economy with them collecting healthcare, welfare, Medicare and they have never paid a dime into the system that supports it. We need to get rid of the politicians that are not able to stand up for the American taxpayers and bring back jobs that would help to support our economy and our American Citizens. Take away the law that says if you are born in this country than you are a US citizen. Do I get that right in Japan, Saudi Arabia, Brazil?

  • Fjl76 says:

    July 12, 2014 at 9:30 PM

    President Obama is the real Manchurian candidate. Sponsored by the real power that runs this country and many others around the world.

  • TL LeBlanc says:

    July 12, 2014 at 11:05 PM

    LMAO – Dinesh rocks!

    Semper Fi – from a Vietnam Vet (71-72)

  • Carl says:

    July 12, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    It’s funny how Dinesh uses facts and the others spout their opinions. See the difference libtards??

  • Alvin Chipmunk says:

    July 13, 2014 at 4:02 AM

    Thank you Denish! You presented yourself and conservatism well…even better, on the opponent’s playing field.

  • Brian says:

    July 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

    It is a very good movie. He did well at challenging the liberal progressive review. What the Jews were not slaves to Egypt? Not centrist- is not governing that way.

  • Jane says:

    July 16, 2014 at 11:16 PM

    They cannot see past their hate. You can see it in their faces.