- The Washington Times - Monday, June 11, 2018

Conservative pundit Dinesh D’Souza has set a release date for his next film, which he says “draws a provocative analogy” between Presidents Donald Trump and Abraham Lincoln.

The man behind “2016: Obama’s America” has once again teamed with producer Gerald R. Molen on a feature-length film. “Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time?” will hit 1,000 theaters Aug. 3.

The author told Facebook fans that he plans to explore the roots of “fascism and white supremacy.”

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“Death of a Nation draws a provocative analogy between Lincoln and Trump,” Mr. D’Souza told The Hollywood Reporter. “Not that they’re the same people, but that they’ve fallen into the same situation. Not since 1865 have Democrats so dramatically refused to accept the outcome of a presidential election. … The left has been playing these cards against conservatives for a decade. We explore if the fascist-racist tail should be pinned on the Republican elephant or the Democrat donkey.”

Mr. D’Souza, 53, told THR that Mr. Trump knew nothing of the film’s substance prior to a recent pardon for a 2014 guilty plea for violating campaign finance laws.

“We’ve been working on the film for more than a year and commissioned the artwork two months ago,” he said. “Trump had no inkling of the art or the theme of the movie when he pardoned me.”

The pundit paid two “straw donors” $10,000 each for their campaign contributions to Wendy Long’s failed U.S. Senate campaign in New York.

Mr. D’Souza was sentenced to five years of probation for the crime.

“The president said, ‘Dinesh, you’ve been a great voice for freedom.’ And he said that, ‘I got to tell you, man to man, you’ve been screwed,” Mr. D’Souza said during a “Fox and Friends” appearance June 1. “He goes, ‘I’ve been looking at the case. I knew from the beginning that it was fishy.’ But he said upon reviewing it he felt a great injustice had been done and that using his power he was going to rectify it, sort of clear the slate.”

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