Dinesh D’Souza’s Foul New Movie Is Driving Conservatives Crazy

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Conservative pundit Dinesh D'Souza has every reason to celebrate with his new quasi-documentary 2000 Mules. Since its release earlier this month, the film has become a cornerstone of Trump's resistance movement. Donald Trump welcomed it, held a screening at Mar-a-Lago and hailed it as "the greatest and most impactful documentary of our time."
But D'Souza has a 2000 Mules problem he can't stop talking about: a perceived lack of loyalty from other pro-Trump figures, whom he accuses of downplaying his film or ignoring it entirely. While D'Souza's video is setting the MAGA internet ablaze, the media and prominent names in the MAGA movement aren't interested -- or at least not enough for D'Souza's liking.
Right-wing networks like Fox News and Newsmax could have many factual reasons for staying away from 2000 Mules, which focuses on the idea D'Souza and his compatriots uncovered using GPS tracking. Fact-checkers have dismissed the film's central claim that the phone data somehow uncovers evidence of voter fraud, with the Associated Press finding "gaping holes" in D'Souza's argument. On Wednesday, NPR refuted a claim in the film that GPS technology was used to solve a murder at the center of the film.
But broadcasters may have another, more pressing reason to shy away from D'Souza: the threat of a lawsuit. Both Fox News and Newsmax were sued by voting machine manufacturers after the 2020 election after they made false claims that their voting machines were used to steal the election from Trump.
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Dinesh D'Souza claims Tucker Carlson and Newsmax won't promote his batshit movie
D'Souza seems to recognize that legal fears are driving his film's smaller cable news profile. In a Sunday appearance on sports pundit Jason Whitlock's podcast, he made the unlikely claim that coverage of his film would somehow help Fox News in his legal battle with voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems.
"I guess what I'm trying to say to Fox is, 'You don't really need to be so uptight about it,'" D'Souza said.
D'Souza did not respond to requests for comment.
Most of D'Souza's wrath has fallen on Fox's greatest host: Tucker Carlson.
Last week, the conservative filmmaker claimed that both Newsmax and Fox News were actively working to derail 2000 Mules' advertising and "blocking of coverage".
"I'm sorry to say that Tucker Carlson and his team specifically instructed True the Vote's Catherine Engelbrecht NOT to mention the film," D'Souza tweeted, referring to a guest who was from the primetime show was booked and was also involved in the making of his film.
On Twitter, D'Souza posted alleged text messages he claimed Carlson's executive producer Justin Wells had sent him, describing them as "highly abusive messages" that threatened to "teach him a lesson."
But Fox isn't the only one to snub D'Souza.
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D'Souza could reasonably have expected some relief from Ben Shapiro, one of the biggest names on the right. Instead, in a lengthy rebuttal to the film, Shapiro threw cold water on D'Souza's allegations of voter fraud, saying D'Souza had failed to prove his point.
"I don't think the ending of the film is justified by the premise of the film itself," Shapiro said. “There are many dots that need to be connected. Maybe they'll be connected, but they weren't connected in the film."
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