D’Souza: ‘Moral Disgrace’ That Democratic Party Has ‘Become the Champion of Illegal Immigration’
WASHINGTON – In an exclusive interview with PJM, conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza said Democrats “conflate” illegal with legal immigration as a way to make President Trump look racist, arguing that Trump’s support for a border wall reflects a “frustration that you can’t have a country without a border.”
D’Souza explained that he blended Trump’s face with President Abraham Lincoln’s on the official poster for his new film, “Death of a Nation,” because they were both political “outsiders” who many Democrats refused to “accept” as president of the nation.
“Their situations are similar. In 1860, an outsider, a Republican, gets elected president in a very narrow race, which the Democrats were the favorites, and all hell breaks loose. The northern Democrats are angry and some of them are demanding Lincoln’s assassination, which of course happened later, and the southern Democrats are so unwilling to abide a Lincoln presidency that they are willing to break up the country. So it’s craziness. And here we are 150 years later, the same kind of craziness, a Republican, an outsider, Trump, gets elected unexpectedly,” D’Souza told PJM during an interview on Friday at the Young America’s Foundation national conference.
“The opposing party, the same party, the Democrats go nuts, refuse to accept the result of the election, are willing to do, by their own words, 'by any means necessary,' overturn the result of the election, so Trump is a fascist, Trump is a racist. These are the big themes we take on in this movie,” he added.
D’Souza said Trump is “drawing a line” between illegal and legal immigrants with his policy positions.
“In fact, I even hesitate to use the word illegal immigrant because illegals are not immigrants. Now, that’s not a racial line at all. Why? Because the vast majority of legal immigrants who come to America today are not white. They come from Asia, they come from Africa, they come from South America, so Trump is not drawing a racial line,” he said. “So the left is just malicious and wrong in accusing him of being a bigot. What the left does in order to try to make that case is to conflate and blend together the legal and illegal – ‘Trump’s a racist.’ No, he’s not.”
D’Souza said he personally opposes illegal immigration because it is “unfair” to legal immigrants who went through the expensive and time-consuming legal process.
“People like me had to go through the process. My wife is from Venezuela. We had to stand in line. We had to go through the immigration process. And I have lots of guys in India who would love to come to America, and they can’t swim across the Rio Grande or jump across a fence,” he said. “They’ve got to stand in line. So, the immigrant, the illegal, is cutting the line, is breaking the law. And the idea that a major political party has now become the champion of illegal immigration – this is a moral disgrace.”