'Gullible suckers' who buy Dinesh D’Souza’s election 'mockumentary' will keep him 'laughing all the way to the bank': conservative
In his new documentary “2000 Mules,” far-right pundit Dinesh D’Souza claims to offer proof that the 2020 presidential election was stolen from former President Donald Trump. D’Souza’s critics — a combination of liberals, progressives, centrist Democrats and right-wing Never Trump conservatives — have been slamming “2000 Mules” as a sloppy, embarrassing joke. On the right, one of those critics is Never Trumper Amanda Carpenter.
In a scathing article published by the conservative website The Bulwark on May 17, Carpenter slams “2000 Mules” as a total embarrassment and a cynical “cash grab” on D’Souza’s part.
“Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘2000 Mules’ is ‘Plandemic’ for election truthers,” Carpenter observes. “For the non-insane, it’s a hilarious mockumentary. Not that D’Souza cares what the non-insane think: He has discovered that there are enough suckers out there to keep him laughing all the way to the bank.”
I\u2019m a proud public school kid from a rural town who worked her way thru college on her own. I worked a bazillion jobs and spent every extra second I had on debate team. I\u2019ll never not be grateful and happy for that.pic.twitter.com/WjBy4savtr— Amanda Carpenter (@Amanda Carpenter) 1652789415
I bet this line made him mad: \u201c2000 Mules is an investigative documentary in roughly the same way Reno 911 was a hard-hitting look at real-life police work.\u201dhttps://www.thebulwark.com/dinesh-dsouzas-2000-mules-is-a-hilarious-mockumentary/\u00a0\u2026— Amanda Carpenter (@Amanda Carpenter) 1652789788
Carpenter goes on to describe some ways in which “2000 Mules” is badly done.
“Here’s the elevator pitch for ‘2000 Mules’: D’Souza’s buddies at True the Vote spent $2 million on cell phone geotracking data — which he describes as ‘digital DNA’ — that they say proves ‘mules” were paid to illegally ‘traffic’ thousands of ballots from non-profit ‘stash houses’ into drop-off ballot boxes,” Carpenter explains. “All D’Souza really has — if the cell phone data is real and is really what he represents it as being — is some evidence that some people made frequent trips in areas around ballot drop-off boxes which, by design, were usually placed in heavily-traveled areas for convenience.”
Carpenter continues, “Putting that aside, who are these mules? Who paid them? Where is the evidence of people making repeated trips to illegally stuff dropboxes with ballots? What non-profits were involved? These questions are not even asked, let alone answered, in the movie.”
According to Carpenter, D’Souza’s documentary “doesn’t survive the most basic fact-checks to support its most important claims.”
Carpenter writes, “It’s better to view the film as a performance piece, a comedic triumph where the joke is on the rubes gullible enough to give D’Souza their money…. True the Vote’s tall tales are too dumb even for its biggest supporters to go along with anymore. D’Souza, however, is happy to scrape up the bullshit and repackage it for the direct-to-consumer market.”
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