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D’Souza: Trump Joins Gandhi, Churchill, Mandela, Founding Fathers as Nationalists

WASHINGTON – Filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza accused anti-Trump activists of wrongly connecting nationalism to fascism, arguing that nationalism is not a “defining feature of fascism.”

D’Souza argued that the economic policies of the Democratic Party are fascist.

“I want to say a word about fascist economics because I want to show that the economic policy of the Democratic Party, of Obama but also of Bernie [Sanders], of Elizabeth Warren is fascist in the classic meaning of the term, in the dictionary meaning of the term. If you look up fascism, the economic part of it, it basically says state-run capitalism, state-directed capitalism, that’s the meaning of fascism,” D’Souza said at the Young America’s Foundation National Conservative Student Conference on Friday.

“We often accuse the left of being socialist but in reality these guys aren’t socialists, because what do socialist countries do? Socialist countries nationalize industries. The government takes over the energy industry, the government takes over the banks. Now, notice under Obamacare we still have private insurance companies, we still have private hospitals but the government is directing them. The government is fixing the price. The government is telling them what to do,” he added.

D’Souza said government “direction and control” expanded under President Obama in the health, energy and education sectors.

“That’s why Bernie and Hillary wanted free college. Their idea was the government now gets to direct even private colleges in telling them what to do. So my point is this is not socialism. If it was socialism the government would have taken over all this stuff. This is actually fascism, state-directed capitalism. That’s what fascism means and, in that respect, fascism is with us now,” he said.

D’Souza said the left has gone from playing the “race card” to playing the “fascism card” on Republicans who support President Trump.

“The Democratic Party has been the party of slavery, of segregation, of Jim Crow, of racial terrorism, of the Ku Klux Klan, of opposition to the civil rights movement of the ’60s. They did it and in an unbelievable slight of hand they now are trying to blame us for what they did. It’s almost like a bunch of guys who poison the wells and then pretend to show up as the water commissioner. So that was the theme of Hillary’s America, but if you are watching things very carefully now you realize the left has shifted gears,” he said.

“They’ve gone from playing the race card to a new card: the fascism card. And the fascism card is not an abandonment of the race card because the fascists, particularly the Nazis, were racists. They were anti-Semites. They tried to create a regime based on racist supremacy, and so the race card is now back but it’s inside the umbrella of the fascist card,” he added.