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

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

Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza has every reason to be happy with his new quasi-documentary, 2000 Mules. Since its release earlier this month, the film has become a cornerstone of the Trumpian election-denier movement. Donald Trump embraced it, hosting a screening at Mar-a-Lago and praising it as “the greatest and most impactful documentary of our time.”

But D’Souza has one 2000 Mules problem that he can’t stop talking about: a perceived lack of loyalty from fellow pro-Trump personalities, who he’s accused of downplaying his film or ignoring it entirely. While D’Souza’s video may be burning up the MAGA internet, media outlets and bold-faced names in the MAGA movement aren’t interested — or at least not enough for D’Souza’s tastes.

Right-wing networks like Fox News and Newsmax could have plenty of factual reasons to stay away from 2000 Mules, which centers on the idea that D’Souza and his compatriots uncovered using phone GPS tracking. Fact-checkers have fileted the film’s central conceit that the phone data somehow uncovers proof of voter fraud, with the Associated Press finding “gaping holes” in D’Souza’s argument. On Wednesday, NPR disproved a claim in the movie that the GPS technology at the center of the film was used to solve a murder.

But the channels could have another, more pressing reason to shy away from D’Souza: the threat of lawsuits. Both Fox News and Newsmax were sued in the aftermath of the 2020 election by voting machine manufacturers after promoting false claims that their voting machines were used to steal the election from Trump.

D’Souza appears 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 covering his film would somehow help Fox News in its legal battle with voting machine company Dominion Voting Systems.

“I guess what I’m saying to Fox is, ‘You actually don’t need to be quite so uptight about it,’” D’Souza said.

D’Souza didn’t respond to requests for comment.

Most of D’Souza’s ire has fallen on Fox’s biggest host: Tucker Carlson.

Last week, the conservative filmmaker claimed that both Newsmax and Fox News were actively working to derail the promotion and “blocking coverage” of 2000 Mules.

“I’m sorry to say Tucker Carlson and his team specifically instructed Catherine Engelbrecht of True the Vote NOT to mention the movie,” D’Souza tweeted, referring to a guest booked by the primetime show also involved in the creation of his film.

On Twitter, D’Souza posted alleged text messages he claimed Carlson executive producer Justin Wells had sent him, describing them as “highly abusive messages” threatening to “teach [him] a lesson.”

But Fox isn’t alone in snubbing D’Souza.

D’Souza might reasonably have expected some relief from Ben Shapiro, one of the right’s biggest names. Instead, in a lengthy rebuttal to the film,…

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