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Dinesh D’Souza: Dems should nominate someone ‘temperamentally the opposite of Trump’ in 2020

Dinesh D’Souza says a Democrat who’s “temperamentally the opposite of Trump” could have a decent shot at defeating the president in 2020.

ITK caught up Wednesday evening with the conservative firebrand and activist — who was pardoned by President Trump in May after being convicted of making illegal campaign contributions — at the Washington, D.C., premiere of his new film, “Death of a Nation.”

“It’s certainly not the obvious people I think on the public stage,” D’Souza said when asked if there’s any Democrat that could beat Trump in the next White House race.

“There might be a hypothetical who could beat Trump, but whether there’s an actual Democrat who could beat Trump, I highly doubt it at this point,” the 57-year-old filmmaker added.

{mosads}Pressed on whether there were any particular names that came to mind, D’Souza told ITK, “I would say a centrist Democrat who was temperamentally the opposite of Trump, very serene, very balanced, very reserved, would be a powerful contrast to Trump, because people would then be choosing not just between philosophies but also between temperament.”

“Death of a a Nation” bills itself as an “examination of fascism and racism” that “reveals an eerie similarity between the situations faced by President Trump now and the situations faced by President Lincoln in 1860.” 

It’s been torn apart by critics, with Variety saying the documentary “stretches the truth in a way that makes your head hurt (and your stomach turn)” and is filled with “half-baked baloney.” The Hollywood Reporter slammed it as brimming with “historical inaccuracies and distortions.”

Asked by ITK if he was at least slightly guilty of being a provocateur who says outrageous things to garner attention, D’Souza replied, “A little bit.”

“But the reality is that the race card and the fascism card were not played by me — they were played by the left against Trump and not only against Trump, but also against Republicans, conservatives, patriots, Christians,” he continued.

Also eyed at the exclusive event at Washington’s E Street Cinema: Donald Trump, Jr. arriving hand-in-hand on the red carpet with girlfriend and former Fox News host Kimberly Guilfoyle, Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, former White House aide Sebastian Gorka, former Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, Liberty University President Jerry Falwell, Jr., and producer Gerald R. Molen.

“Death of a Nation” opens in theaters on Friday.

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