NEW YORK – Just as Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump begins to court black voters, Dinesh D’Souza’s blockbuster film recounting the Democratic Party’s history of racism, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” is gearing up for a fall election thrust, reopening in 500 theaters nationwide in September and October.
In an interview with WND, D’Souza expressed enthusiasm for the Trump campaign’s effort to appeal to black voters.
“This is a first for a GOP candidate in modern times,” D’Souza said. “It’s important for Trump and the Republican Party to break the virtual monopoly Democrats have had on the black vote, but also to explode the moral capital of the Democratic Party.”
See D’Souza’s works at the WND Superstore, including “Hillary’s America,” “America: Imagine The World Without Her,” “2016: Obama’s America,” “God Forsaken,” “Roots of Obama’s Rage” and “What’s So Great About Christianity.”
Beginning with a speech in Dimondale, Michigan, Aug. 19, Trump has been actively courting black voters to leave the Democratic Party, citing the worsening conditions for blacks in big cities run by Democrats for decades and asking, “What do you have to lose?”
In Fredericksburg, Virginia, last week, Trump sounded themes that echo D’Souza’s film.
“The GOP is the party of Abraham Lincoln, and I want our party to be the home of the African-American voter once again,” Trump said. “I want a totally inclusive country and I want an inclusive party.”
He said Democrats “claim to be for the underdog – for women and minorities – while in reality the Democratic Party has been systematic oppressors of underdogs, including African-Americans.”
D’Souza commended Trump for his recent speeches and urged the campaign to utilize his movie.
“Our film, ‘Hillary’s America,’ makes the argument the Democratic Party has oppressed African-Americans by citing historical facts in depth to destroy the progressive myth that since Abraham Lincoln the parties have switched sides,” D’Souza said.
D’Souza said he would like to assist the Trump campaign, the Republican National Committee and pro-Trump Super PACs in any way he can to bring the argument to independent voters and minorities.
He contends, as does Trump, that the Republican Party is an inclusive party open to advancing the interests of black voters.
Trump: See ‘Hillary’s America’
The Trump campaign did not respond to WND requests for comment.
D’Souza confirmed he has sent copies of the “Hillary’s America” DVD to the Trump campaign.
On July 16, Trump retweeted a message encouraging his supporters to see “Hillary’s America.”
In a review of “Hillary’s America,” WND exclusive columnist Chuck Norris pointed out the Democratic Party was the original pro-slavery and anti-minority party, and contends it still is. In contrast, Norris noted D’Souza’s film argued the Republican Party “was founded as the anti-slavery and pro-freedom movement.”
“Not one Republican politician in the 19th century owned slaves. All of them fought to free slaves,” Norris wrote. “Republicans also fought for minorities’ votes – including women’s suffrage – through the 13th, 14th and 15th Amendments, which the Democrats opposed.”
No. 1 documentary
D’Souza acknowledged hearing reports that Clinton operatives have threatened theater owners with lawsuits and walkouts by projection staff prompted by the Projectionist Union if they continued showing “Hillary’s America.”
He said he couldn’t rule out that radical Hillary supporters have made such attempts, but he didn’t know of any theaters that had canceled scheduled showings.
“Theaters showing ‘Hillary’s America’ are drawing a profitable audience,” D’Souza said, noting the enthusiasm for a September re-launch of the film was strong among theater owners and operators.
USA Today reported July 24 “Hillary’s America” cracked the top 10 at the box office, grossing $4 million in the first week.
Currently, the film is the No. 1 documentary in all categories in the United States, earning to date a total of $12.5 million, making it the No. 8 political documentary film of all time.
“We are pulling back some distribution nationally right now, due to strong competition from summer films,” D’Souza told WND.
But the film will reopen in 500 theaters nationwide in September and October, he said, during the heart of the general election campaign.