Documentarian and author Dinesh D’Souza says Hillary Clinton’s America would look an awful like President Barack Obama’s America because the two share “common ideological roots.”
D’Souza explained his reasoning in an extensive interview with The Daily Caller about his new book, “America: Imagine A World Without Her.” TheDC will be featuring segments from the interview throughout the week.
“We can’t know for sure because we’ve seen many Hillarys,” D’Souza said when asked what a Hillary Clinton presidency would look like. “We saw the early radical Hillary of health care when Bill Clinton was first elected. Then we saw this sort of demure Hillary as a senator from New York. Now we’ve seen Hillary as a representative of the Obama administration.”
“So the question becomes, I think most people think, is Hillary more like Bill or is Hillary more like Barack?” he continued. “I think many people are hoping Hillary is like Bill and if we elect her we’re gonna get Billary and it’s gonna be back in the ‘90s. But no, I don’t think so. I think that if you track Hillary you can see that Hillary and Obama have common ideological roots. In fact, both of – there’s a bridge that connects the two of them, and that bridge is Saul Alinsky.”
Alinksy was a radical author and community organizer in the mid-20th century. Hillary Clinton wrote her college thesis on him while Obama was trained in his organizing tactics when the president worked as a community organizer in Chicago.
Pressed by TheDC on whether it is a bit conspiratorial to believe that Hillary Clinton and Obama are still secretly guided by Alinsky’s ideology, D’Souza persisted.
“Well, notice, for example, that Obama writes an autobiography, ‘Dreams From My Father,’ Alinsky is not mentioned,” D’Souza said. “So it’s rather odd. If I were to write my life story and leave out my mentor Jeffrey Hart at Dartmouth, people would go, ‘How odd is this?’ The leaving him out would have to be deliberate.”
“Now here’s my point,” he continued. “Many of us are formed in our politics and our values at a young age. I came to America as an immigrant. I was not political in any way. I landed at Dartmouth. It was the Reagan era. And so a mentor of mine at Dartmouth, as well as [Ronald] Reagan, had a huge influence on me. Now they didn’t have a huge influence on me by devising a blueprint or a plan, they just shaped the way I see the world.”
“So I’m not claiming that he’s making phone calls to Obama or Hillary — he’s gone,” D’Souza added, noting Alinksy died in 1972. “But his influence lives on. And isn’t it interesting that this one man happens to have a formative connection not just with the current president of the United States, but what may be the front runner to be his successor.”
In a previous segment of TheDC’s interview, D’Souza talked about the possibility of going to prison for a campaign finance violation he recently pleaded guilty to.