We once reviewed a Dinesh D'Souza documentary on the Banter and resolved afterwards never to do it again. The convicted criminal's fraudulent film 'America' was so riddled with lies, innuendo and outright nonsense that it made critiquing it a form of torture.
D'Souza's premise was that Obama was a disciple of radical leftist Saul Alinsky and was leading a liberal insurgency to destroy America by trying to help poor people and apologizing for the country's crimes against the rest of the world (or something to that effect). No one out of far right circles in America took the documentary seriously and it was widely ridiculed by, well, pretty much everyone.
In D'Souza's defense, he was never trying to make a serious film. He was attempting to defraud angry, white Fox News viewers and conspiracy theorists whose lives are spent in the comments section of The Blaze and Breitbart. D'Souza worked out long ago that he could make a ton of money appealing to right wing racists by being more racist than they were. His minority status gave white people the cover they needed to express their hatred for black people, using the logic that if someone with brown skin was allowed to insult President Obama for being African American, then so could they.
D'Souza has now put together another documentary to appeal to racist white people, this time drawing a truly insane, historically absurd parallel between Abraham Lincoln and Donald Trump. The blurb for the film is so crazy you would be forgiven for mistaking it for satire:
Not since 1860 have the Democrats so fanatically refused to accept the result of a free election. That year, their target was Lincoln. They smeared him. They went to war to defeat him. In the end, they assassinated him. Now the target of the Democrats is President Trump and his supporters. The Left calls them racists, white supremacists and fascists. These charges are used to justify driving Trump from office and discrediting the right "by any means necessary." But which is the party of the slave plantation? Which is the party that invented white supremacy? Which is the party that praised fascist dictators and shaped their genocidal policies and was in turn praised by them? Moreover, which is the party of racism today?
Using this logic, you could argue that liberals are racists because they oppose the Swastika, which is actually a symbol of Eastern divinity and spirituality. Of course you would have to discount the whole Hitler/Nazi thing, just as D'Souza is discounting the well documented history of the Republicans and Democrats essentially switching party platforms in the early part of the 20th century. But according to D'Souza, the Democrats today are racist because Democrats in the 1860's were pro slavery. The Democrats were also for limited government, low taxes and states' rights back then -- all key components of modern Republican ideology. But then who cares about history when you have angry Trump supporters to satiate?
The documentary has been roundly savaged as a nasty political hit piece that is badly made and has no basis in reality. The reviews were so bad in fact, that the combined average for professional critics on Rotten tomatoes was zero percent. Yes, you read that correctly: 0%.
"In "Death of a Nation," Dinesh D'Souza is no longer preaching to the choir," writes Owen Gleiberman of Variety. "He's preaching to the mentally unsound."
"D'Souza fans and Trump apologists will flock to this, misguided moths to a misleading flame," says Bill Goodykoontz of the Arizona Republic. "In that way, it's a perfect representation of the current climate. In every other way, it's a mess."
And the best from Peter Sobczynski of RogerEbert.com:
"If ever there was a movie that looked as if it had been slapped together in a couple of weeks as part of a quid pro quo agreement involving a dubious-seeming criminal pardon, Death of a Nation is that film."
D'Souza has been manning Twitter in response to the overwhelming condemnation of his "film", claiming that the audience score of 90% reflects the true validity of his work.
Of course what this really tells you is that outside of professional film critics, only Trump supporters bothered watching the documentary. But then those would be facts, and D'Souza evidently isn't a fan of those.