Remember Dinesh D’Souza? He’s the guy who made that gawdawful movie, “2016: Obama’s America.” He also was the guy who was convicted of making $20,000 in illegal contributions to the campaign of the Wendy Long, who tried to take Kristin Gillibrand’s Senate seat in 2012. He was sentenced to 8 months in a work-release center, 5 years probation and a fine of $30,000. He also had to undergo counseling, a condition which was extended by 4 more years last summer.
The psychological counseling, however, doesn’t appear to be doing much good. D’Souza is still “arrogant” and “has weaknesses in controlling his own impulses” and he is “prone to anger in reaction to criticism.” If so, he will be steaming soon, as the reaction (from sane folks) to his new film, “Hillary’s America,” will be critical laughter. The movie, after delving into D’Souza’s
martyrdom brush with the Federal Election Commission, moves on to tell the “secret history of the Democratic party.” That being that the Democrats are the real racists in America.
Here’s the trailer for “Hillary’s America.” Giggling, guffawing and smirking are allowed.
According to D’Souza, the Democratic party’s history stops after Johnson’s presidency. You know, the one in which the Civil Rights Act was passed. That’s when the Democrats decided to blame “the South” for “all of their crimes.”
At CPAC to promote the film and share his twisted version of history, D’Souza told Glenn Beck (you knew he had to be involved, didn’t you?):
What the Democrats did is they took all their crimes and re-labeled it ‘the South.’ And so by re-labeling it ‘the South,’ they forced southerners into a defensive position because southerners thought, ‘We did the Klan, we did slavery, we did all these things.’ So then the southerners become defensive about all that and that’s why there is all this defensiveness about the Confederate flag. These were not southern crimes, they were crimes of the Democratic Party, the northern Democratic Party protected slavery as vehemently. So the Democrats created a situation where they could hide it and they could make our team hide it too and they had a beautiful thing going until it’s now time to break up that picnic.
I didn’t quite follow that last sentence, (or the rest of it, to be honest) did you? What “situation” was created to hide these so-called crimes? How did the Dems manage to get the GOP — I assume that is “our team” — to hide them, too? Even for the nonsensical raving of a right-wing nutjob it makes no sense.
In any case, D’Souza ends his “secret history of the Democratic party” in the mid-1960s, just as David Barton does, with the Democrats as the “real” racists. That’s mighty convenient for their narrative because it leaves out the whole Southern strategy. Revisionist historians hate anyone bringing up the Southern strategy because it destroys their attempts to rewrite history to make the GOP look good and the Democrats look bad.
D’Souza says that his new movie will make this clear, once and for all:
The Democrats try to bury their past. But when forced to admit their true roots, the Democrats pretend as if the modern Democratic Party switched and became the good guys, while the modern GOP became the bad guys. My new movie explodes this switcheroo myth.
Sure it does. Right-wing revisionists try as hard as they can to paint the GOP as the champions of equality but actual history gets them every time. And anyone with even a passing acquaintance with actual history understands this. Coincidentally, Trevor Noah did a brilliant take-down of the right-wing’s denial of the Southern Strategy just the night before D’Souza’s sit-down with Beck. Maybe they should have watched it.
Here’s the brief (thankfully) clip with Glenn Beck and D’Souza that took place on Friday, courtesy of Right Wing Watch:[youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-nhjGnbLRXs&w=640&h=360]
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