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If your conservative uncle's forwarded emails were a movie, they would be "Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party," a dull grab-bag of stale talking points and wildly revisionist history.
Co-director and narrator Dinesh D'Souza starts by revising his own history, restaging his 2014 felony conviction for arranging illegal campaign contributions (to which he pleaded guilty) as a conspiracy orchestrated by President Barack Obama in retaliation for past criticisms. It's in prison (depicted with more cheesy re-creations) where D'Souza learns the art of the long con and applies the process to the Democratic Party.
D'Souza, shifting from wide-eyed martyr to wily truth-teller, digs into the Democrats' history, back to Andrew Jackson's subjugation of American Indians and African-American slaves. (He also claims Davy Crockett as a Republican, though Crockett died 18 years before the GOP was founded.) The upshot of his argument is that Democrats are still the same racists they were back then and that the switch in parties around the era of Franklin Roosevelt, when Democrats turned liberal and Republicans took over the Southern states' rights mantra is "a big lie."
Eventually, he gets to bashing Hillary Clinton, trotting out the same attacks you can Google for yourself, featuring all the wingnut-bingo buzzwords: "Saul Alinsky," "email servers," "Gennifer Flowers," "Whitewater" and so on.
D'Souza and co-director Bruce Schooley fumble to make their case, creating a cheesy, tedious rehash of old accusations and dubious history.
'Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party'
Opens Friday, July 22, at area theaters; rated PG-13 for some violence, thematic elements and smoking; 106 minutes.