Hillary's America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party is a 2016 American political propaganda documentary film about presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and an examination of the history of the Democratic Party, written and directed by Dinesh D'Souza and Bruce Schooley The film had a limited release on July 15, 2016, before a wide release on July 22, 2016, and accompanies a book by D'Souza by the same name. The film was somehow the most successful political documentary of 2016 and is as of March 2017 the 8th highest grossing political documentary ever.
Although the film was a box office success, critics panned the film. It has a score of 4% of Rotten Tomatoes and a 2 out of 100 on Metacritic, making it one of the worst documentaries of all time.
It was nominated for five Golden Raspberry Awards, and won four including Worst Picture (a first for a documentary film), and Worst Director and Worst Actor for D'Souza himself. D'Souza reacted to the nominations by calling them "petty revenge" for Donald Trump's election.
The film begins with scenes of D'Souza at the halfway house where he spent time due to a conviction for making an illegal political contribution. (D'Souza and some of his defenders believe that his prosecution was too harsh and his sentence was excessive.) The film then switches to examining and criticizing the history of the Democratic Party, from Andrew Jackson to the present day. D'Souza is portrayed going into a basement archive of the Democratic National Committee Headquarters where he reveals secrets of the party's history.
The film briefly outlines the origins of the Democratic Party, then examines the blatant racism of one of its founders, President Andrew Jackson. It goes on to describe how Jackson and the Democratic Party passed and signed into law legislation that brutally expelled Native Americans from their land and created the reservation system. This is followed by an examination of the historical record of the Democratic Party in the North and South in supporting and defending the institution of slavery, and ensuring the spread of slavery into the western territories. It examines the founding of the Republican Party as a reaction to the support of slavery by the Democratic Party and their endorsement and defence of fugitive slave laws. The film then examines the historical record of the Democratic Party, including their objection to the 13th, 14th, and 15th Amendments to the United States Constitution, their close ties to the Ku Klux Klan in both the 19th and 20th century, including the support of Democratic President Woodrow Wilson for the KKK and segregation, their opposition to anti-lynching legislation, their manipulation of New Deal legislation in the 1930s to ensure African Americans would not benefit, and their opposition to the civil rights legislation of the 1960s which was passed with significantly greater support from the Republican Party than from the Democratic Party.
The film also examines the validity of the common argument made by leaders of the Democratic Party that the parties "switched" positions, with the Democratic Party becoming progressive and Southern racists becoming Republicans, which it rebuts by demonstrating that fewer than 1 percent of Southern Democrats who opposed civil rights legislation changed parties.
The film examines the record of the Democratic Party in its use of social welfare programs and machine politics, particularly in urban areas, to create what has been described as a new plantation system, enabling the Democratic Party to exploit and coerce residents. The film then describes the rise and activities of radicals such as Saul Alinsky, who was ultimately a huge influence on both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. The film proceeds to examine and criticize the actions of Clinton, questioning her ideals, honesty and motivations. The film ends after playing patriotic music.
Why It Sucks
- Hillary Clinton is barely featured in the film, only being in the title.
- Supposed to be a documentary, but it's mostly a propaganda piece that doesn't care to show actual history.
- For an attack piece against Democrats, it doesn't exactly flatter the Republicans.
- Awful acting (in a documentary).
- Multiple inaccuracies (again, in a documentary).
- Nonsensical re-enactments (KKK knight jumping off a movie screen!)
- Regardless of Dinesh’s viewpoints or facts, it was a poor idea to release it during an election year.
- The film can't decide whether it wants to attack Clinton specifically or the Democratic Party in general, resulting in a completely muddled message.