A new film that pushes the dubious and widely misleading conspiracy theories to bolster Donald Trump’s claim that he was snatched from his second term as president has become a surprise hit at the US box office.
Despite warnings from experts, Dinesh D’Souza’s film “2000 Moles” – which was convicted of violating campaign money before the former president was pardoned – has grossed more than $ 1.2 million at the box office since its release in late May.
A group of elderly moviegoers throng a matinee screening at a movie in a commercial district of Virginia, holding a large bucket of popcorn.
Senior citizens sit in front of the documentary next to the theater showing the adventures of “Doctor Strange” or the latest “Sonic the Hedgehog” movie, promising to “expose massive, inclusive voter fraud in the 2020 election, which is enough to change the outcome.”
‘Life of Democracy’
The film begins with footage of anonymous voters slipping their ballots into American flag boxes, with D’Souza telling viewers that “elections are the lifeblood of our democracy.”
But, he says, with the background getting darker, the 2020 election “strikes the American mind.”
Like millions of Americans, including former President Trump, D’Souza also spoke of the distorted belief that Democrats rigged the results of the last presidential election, relying on the widespread use of mail-in ballots during the Covid-19 epidemic.
“We can’t move forward without knowing the truth,” the director said in his voiceover.
In an attempt to prove his theory, which has been rejected by all relevant U.S. authorities, D’Souza showed himself, leaned against a kitchen counter and called a group called True the Vote in Texas, which claims to “support the integrity of the election.” Meetings are arranged.
In a kind of hangar full of computer servers, two members of the group claim to have found evidence of a well-planned operation that hires “mules” to stuff ballot boxes in different states “like a cartel”. Joe Biden’s victory in 2020 was the key.
To validate their hypothesis, they rely on anonymous location data obtained from smartphone apps, which they claim show the arrival and departure of these “mules” between the headquarters of various NGOs and ballot boxes.
It’s a “robbery” and “a crime,” said the angry D’Souza.
Audiences are sold at the Virginia Theater.
“It’s like an atomic bomb,” said one person.
The theories pushed into the movie have been seriously questioned by multiple confusion experts.
They say that a delivery man, a taxi driver or a postman working nearby could easily be mistaken for such disgusting travelers.
But for Trump and his supporters, this is the ultimate proof that they have been cheating for a year and a half.
“They rigged and stole the 2020 election. We can’t be right about that. We just can’t move on,” D’Souza said as the film ended.
And as the first note playing the American national anthem, he issued a call for action: “The America we love needs America more than ever before.”
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