Imagine the Ministry of Truth on acid and that will describe the quality of revisionist history in Dinesh D’Souza’s newest movie, “Death Of A Nation: Can We Save America A Second Time” which is the story of good Republicans fighting evil racist Democrats and fascist Nazi Democrats as well. The movie has found an avid fan in Donald Trump, Jr.
“When you look at the movie, you’ll see that there is a very distinct and clear difference between what actually happened and what is being sold to our youth today,” he said. “You see the Nazi platform in the early 1930s . . . and you look at it, compared to the DNC platform of today, you’re saying, ‘Man, those things are awfully similar’ to a point where it’s actually scary . . . It’s the exact opposite of what you’ve been told.”
The president’s eldest son told his 2.93 million Twitter followers that the film — the main argument of which is that President Trump is a modern-day Lincoln, while Democrats are the intellectual heirs of the agents of slavery and genocide — is “going to fire up Republicans for the midterms exploring how fascism so closely links to the platform of the progressive left today.”
The reviews are pretty much what you would expect, ”unintentionally hilarious” says one reviewer who quotes his favorite lines:
Then there is, “Lincoln saved America the first time. And now, by tragic circumstances, Trump is in a similar situation.” Also good: “The progressive Democrats are the real racists. They are the true fascists. They want to steal our income. They want to steal our earnings and our wealth and our freedom and our lives.”
That’s quite an agenda. D’Souza must consider this a particularly important point, because he stops the film right here and has his wife sing for a little bit. Like, right in the middle of the movie. To say that it interrupts the narrative flow would be to suggest that there was narrative flow to begin with.
As with “Hillary’s America,” D’Souza shows footage of “The Birth of a Nation.” In fact, his film’s title is a play on that. But do you really want to align yourself with D.W. Griffith’s hugely influential yet horribly racist film?
Visually it’s hilarious, in unintended ways. He often stands in front of important places in Germany, for instance, then fades to a photo of Hitler addressing a crowd standing right where D’Souza was standing. I can’t imagine he means to compare himself to Hitler, but that’s just what the pictures do cinematically.
Back in the day, 2001: A Space Odyssey was considered a great movie to watch while tripping on acid. Death Of A Nation might also be considered in that category, although for considerably different reasons. This ouevre D’Souza opens tomorrow in theaters hopefully not too near you.