To the political left, the “Unite the Right” rally in Washington, D.C., this Sunday “to protest civil rights abuses in Charlottesville” is an opportunity to once again cast Republicans and supporters of President Trump as bigoted white nationalists and fascists.
But filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, whose new film and companion book “Death of a Nation” challenges the conventional progressive narrative, contends that digging a little deeper into the background of the organizers of the rally reveals a movement rooted in left-wing and progressive principles of atheism, identity politics and a centralized state.
Further, he pointed out in an interview Wednesday with WND, it was the Democratic Party that launched the white nationalist movement in the early 20th century.
The rally is scheduled for Sunday at 5 p.m., beginning at the Foggy Bottom Metro Station, where protesters then will march to Lafayette Square and the White House. On Aug. 12,, one year ago, hundreds of white nationalists in the college town of Charlottesville rallied to protest plans to remove a Confederate statue. Counter-protesters, including members of the violent “antifa” movement branding themselves as “anti-fascists,” clashed with them, and an activist drove a vehicle into a crowd, killing a woman and injuring more than a dozen others.
Establishment media made Charlottesville a symbol of Trump’s political base during the 2016 campaign, repeatedly featuring white nationalists wearing “Make America Great Again” hats.
It’s that effort to brandish Trump supporters and Republicans as racists and fascists that D’Souza counters in his movie and book with evidence the left is engaging in psychological projection.
“The left needs a script, and the white nationalists, who are a powerless group desperate for attention, are playing their part in that script,” D’Souza told WND.
“It gives them a preposterously disproportionate amount of attention,” he said, “with the left portraying them as the greatest threat facing America.”
In fact, D’Souza contends, “they are a marginal group that was once powerful in this country but is now a remnant with virtually little or no cultural influence.”
The rally, at which only a few hundred people are expected, “distracts from real racism,” he said, describing it as “the Democratic multicultural plantations,” which are the “institutionalized ethnic collectives” the party runs, “the black ghettos, Latino barrios and native reservations where you have inter-generational dependency, inter-generational poverty.”
“If institutional racism has any meaning,” D’Souza explained, “it is found not in a once-a-year shouting match by white nationalists who then dissolve into nothing, but rather in these Democratic plantations that continue year after year and, despite spending trillions of dollars, never seem to change, never seem to actually offer genuine opportunity.”
D’Souza noted that in the early 20th century the Klan marched 50,000 people down Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington and tens of thousands in New York City on the way to the Democratic National Convention in Madison Square Garden.
“Today, the Klan is lucky to get 50 or 100 people, and inevitably they will be surrounded by five times as many anti-Klan protesters,” he said.
He noted the New York Times made much of a “Klan newspaper” endorsing Trump. But the publication amounted a photo-copied pamphlet produced four times a year “in some kook’s basement.”
In his new movie, which opened in theaters last Friday, he presents evidence that the Nazis modeled their notorious Nuremberg Laws, the centerpiece of anti-Jewish legislation, on the Democratic Party’s Jim Crow laws.
D’Souza provided WND exclusively with a clip from the movie outlining the Nazi platform in Germany in 1920, showing the party was “firmly on the left.”
See the clip:
The book debuts at No. 8 on the New York Times bestseller list while the movie has a 90 percent approval rating from audiences and a zero rating from critics on the Rotten Tomatoes website. The independent CinemaScore, which measures appeal among theater audiences, grades it an A.
D’Souza cites the rise of a “new white nationalism” documented by African-American historian Carol Swain that uses the language of multiculturalism and “white power in a rhetoric that is almost identical to the language of black power.”
D’Souza acknowledged that assessing the white supremacist movement is “tricky,” because many of its leaders and members express support for Trump.
But upon closer examination, he argued, the leading white nationalist are exposed as leftists.
Jason Kessler, the face of the Charlottesville protest and the organizer of the D.C. rally, was profiled on the website of the Southern Poverty Law Center as an Obama supporter and an Occupy Wall Street leader.
“The very fact that an Obama supporter becomes a white nationalist is mindboggling,” D’Souza told WND. “You would think that this would be investigated by the media. But the reason that the press did not investigate it is because they didn’t want to draw attention to Kessler’s leftist pedigree and his leftist history.”
Kessler initially wanted to hold the second demonstration in Charlottesville, but the city denied his request, which led him to the nation’s capital.
Another figure D’Souza mentions is Andrew Anglin, the co-editor of the neo-Nazi newspaper the Daily Stormer, who once depicted Trump as a transvestite and has been quoted saying white people have destroyed the world.
White nationalist leader Lisa Turner, the head of the World Church of the Creator, has said the world’s greatest problem is Christianity, the philosophy behind the faith is “utterly poisonous” and the biggest enemy is churches.
“Death of a Nation” features D’Souza interviewing white nationalist leader Richard Spencer, who articulates his criticism of America’s founders and his belief in a collectivist society in which rights are granted not by God but by the state.
“This is why I do movies,” D’Souza told WND, “because it’s one thing to have a transcript of my interview with Richard Spencer in the book, but to put him on the screen, and to have the audience see out of his own mouth phrases like “Well, I guess I’m a progressive.”
When asked to list the great presidents, Spencer listed Democrats, including Democratic Party founder Andrew Jackson, and expressed disdain for Ronald Reagan.
“This is very eyeopening,” said D’Souza. “People not only realize Spencer is part of a con, but that the con is being orchestrated by the ideological left through the media.”
See a clip of Dinesh D’Souza’s interview with Richard Spencer provided to WND:
“Here you have a bunch of guys who are atheists, who are into identity politics, who believe in the power of the centralized state,” D’Souza said. “In other words, politically, ideologically, there is no place to situate them but on the left.”
‘Extension’ of Democratic Party
Among the listed speakers for the rally Sunday are neo-Nazi Patrick Little, who has called for the U.S. to be “free from Jews,” and well-known former Ku Klux Klan Grand Wizard David Duke, an anti-Semitic conspiracy theorist and Holocaust denier.
Duke ran for public office at a Democrat several times, beginning in 1975, before running as a Republican in 1988. The Republican Party repudiated him in every run for office, including in 2016 when he ran for the U.S. Senate. The Trump campaign also declared that Trump disavowed Duke’s endorsement.
D’Souza pointed out that some 99 percent of Klan leaders historically were lifelong Democrats. And only two of the 150 or so racist 150rDixiecrat lawmakers switched from the Democratic to the Republican Party.
“The repetitive invocation of Duke is intended to divert attention from the reality that the KKK has long been a political extension of the Democratic Party,” he said.
D’Souza noted the contrast between the Republican Party’s repudiation of Duke and the Democratic Party’s embrace of the late Sen. Robert Byrd of West Virginia, a former Klan “exalted cyclops” whose colleagues elected him at various points to the positions of majority whip, majority leader, minority leader and president pro tempore.
In the 1940s, Byrd recruited more than 100 people to join his Klan chapter and warned in a letter against America becoming “degraded by race mongrels, a throwback to the blackest specimen from the wilds.”
What does D’Souza make of speakers at the event Sunday who claim to embrace traditional Christian values, such as Tom Kawczynski, the “pro-white” former mayor of Jackman, Maine?
D’Souza pointed out the Nazis tried to “reinvent Christianity,” claiming to represent Germany’s true and ancient self.
“Some of that had Christian imagery, but it was intermixed with pagan imagery, and I think if you actually look at white nationalists, they do exactly the same thing,” he said.
“It’s a hybrid of Christian symbols and ancient, kind of Nordic and naturalistic symbols,” said D’Souza.
“So you have this peculiar combination of appealing to nature and the past, and at the same time invoking the idea of the creation of a ‘new man.'”
See the trailer for “Death of a Nation”: