Dinesh D’Souza is a funny little man who is actually of normal height but looks so unthreatening, you can’t help but think what a cute kid he must have been. You’d be forgiven for assuming he was asexual until you meet his wife, who is a pulchritudinous Latina from Venezuela with a sassy attitude that includes seething vitriol when it comes to the subject of Chávez. I met both of them in New York on Friday, and it was fun because I had just seen Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party, which is quite possibly the greatest documentary of all time.
The film unequivocally lays out the case against Hillary, and it is killing it at the box office. With distribution in over 1,200 theaters and $5.2M in its first twelve days, it’s the No. 1-grossing political documentary in the country ($1.4M more than Michael Moore’s Where to Invade Next) and No. 8 of all time. D’Souza’s previous film, America: Imagine the World Without Her, was the highest-grossing documentary of 2014, and his other big hit, 2016: Obama’s America, is the second-highest-grossing political doc ever, right behind Moore’s Fahrenheit 9/11.
Liberals see Moore as Goliath and D’Souza as an irritating gnat buzzing around the truth, but the truth is, they are worthy adversaries. “I learned a lot from Moore,” D’Souza explained while drinking water to preserve his voice on this whirlwind press tour. “He is great at mixing important information with entertainment.” This is the future of the right. The days of somber, boring hate facts are over (sorry, National Review). Trump has rebooted the party and it’s now about shameless Western chauvinism and the love of a good fight. D’Souza is no stranger to confrontation. He came to fame taking on heavyweight atheists such as Christopher Hitchens and Sam Harris and quickly moved up to tackling the president himself. Obama’s America was a huge embarrassment to the administration. They called it “an insidious attempt to dishonestly smear the president” and threw D’Souza in jail for eight months. The specific legal definition of the charge is the curiously Orwellian “Causing the government to file a false document,” and it’s a felony punishable by five years in prison. What really happened was he encouraged some friends to donate $10,000 to a politician when the limit is $5,000. This crime is almost always punished with a slap on the wrist, and it’s wildly hilarious when compared with any one of Hillary’s various crimes. In fact, the rapists and murderers he was housed with laughed their heads off when they found out what he was in for.