Conservative pundit plans to release new documentary â€˜Americaâ€™ on July 4th.
By Deepak Chitnis
WASHINGTON, DC: Republican commentator and media pundit Dinesh Dâ€™Souza is firing back at the Obama administration, subtly insinuating that his current legal woes may be the result of a vendetta he believes the White House has against him for his criticism of the President and his policies.
In an interview with fellow Republican commentator Sean Hannity on Monday, Dâ€™Souza was asked what he believed was the cause of his recent indictment on charges of using illegal straw donors in a failed attempt to get a Republican friend of his elected to the Senate. Dâ€™Souza replied that he believes President Barack Obama was alarmed by his film, 2016: Obamaâ€™s America, and was using the Department of Justice to prosecute Dâ€™Souza improperly.
In his intro for Dâ€™Souza just prior to the interview, Hannity points out that the indictment came after the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) â€œharassedâ€™ several Conservative groups immediately after the 2012 election, effectively accusing the Obama administration of engaging in political witch hunts against enemies in the Republican Party. Dâ€™Souza did not completely endorse that idea, but neither did he deny it.
â€œThere was a rant against the film on Obama’s own web site,â€ said Dâ€™Souza, â€œso we know the film rattled him. We know the film upset him. And whether this is a kind of payback remains to be seen.â€
Although unable to comment on ongoing legal proceedings, Dâ€™Souza was adamant that the court case will not affect his work. He revealed that heâ€™s planning to release a documentary this Fourth of July entitled America, which he says is â€œa big film [that is] about the greatness of America.â€
His last film, 2016: Obamaâ€™s America, was released just before the 2012 elections in an attempt to sway moderate Democrats and Independents away from the left and towards Mitt Romney. Made for a paltry $2.5 million, it grossed north of $33 million in a limited theatrical run but was generally panned by critics and, obviously, liberals. The filmâ€™s effects on the outcome of the election were also dubious.
Dâ€™Souza was also involved in a debate with political activist and former US radical Bill Ayers at Dartmouth University, recently. The name of the event, â€œWhatâ€™s So Great About America,â€ saw Dâ€™Souza and Ayers face off about the state of the country today and what the best ways forward are for it. The debate can be viewed in its entirety below:
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