Conservative filmmaker and commentator Dinesh D’Souza appeared on ABC’s “This Week” Sunday with stand-in host Martha Raddatz and Georgetown professor Michael Eric Dyson to discuss his new movie “America: Imagine The World Without Her.”
Raddatz quickly veered into asking D’Souza about the claims that he believes there is some type of left-wing conspiracy aimed at undermining America, and that President Obama and Hillary Clinton are apart of it.
“You essentially have a conspiracy theory about Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama turning this nation into a socialistic nation, something you said started when Hillary Clinton was in college,” Raddatz said to D’Souza.
“It’s not a conspiracy theory,” D’Souza quickly responded. “A lot of people think that Hillary is like Bill and say ‘We want Billary back in the White House’ because” of that.
He then explained that both Obama and Clinton have both been strongly influenced by the ideas of liberal activist Saul Alinsky, and that is the connection they share.
“The point we make in the film is ‘no’ and there actually is a bridge connecting Hillary to Barack, and that bridge is Saul Alinsky,” D’Souza added.
The filmmaker went to on to discuss how the political opinions of individuals are heavily shaped around the time they attend college and claimed that Alinsky had a direct shaping effect on Clinton’s beliefs.
“Hillary met Saul Alinsky in high school, she brought him to Welleseley College [her alma mater], and she wrote her thesis on him. So we’re not inventing a connection between Alinsky and Hillary, the connection is well-documented.”
D’Souza claims in his documentary that Alinsky was a major influence on Obama during his time as a community organizer. Alinsky was a strong advocate of community organizing and is considered a pioneer in the tactic.
Michael Eric Dyson became incredulous at the suggestion, and chimed in about D’Souza’s assertion.
“Well, here’s the reality,” Dyson began.”Yes, she has interpreted and has interpolated Alinsky, but she’s not — given the suspicions of Mr. D’Souza — somebody who’s trying to bring down American government.”
He then went on to praise Clinton for bringing Alinsky’s ideas to power.
“She’s trying to make that rare act of a politician in public — to bring ideas to bear upon the forces that prevail, that help the nation to become its best self, and to work against the demons that are bespeaking a negative impact on America,” Dyson claimed.