Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative author, political commentator and filmmaker, got personal and slammed the education of a columnist who wrote a negative review of his latest film, 2000 Mules, which was released earlier this month.
On Tuesday morning, D’Souza responded to an article from Bulwark writer Amanda Carpenter, who called his film a “hilarious mockumentary.”
Ball State grad @amandacarpenter offers a good lesson in the limitations of studying film criticism at a third-rate university— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) May 17, 2022
Dinesh D’Souza’s ‘2000 Mules’ Is a Hilarious Mockumentary – The Bulwark https://t.co/DREgaqhax0
The film alleges that widespread voter fraud took place during the 2020 presidential election. Earlier this month, D’Souza, an ardent supporter of former President Donald Trump, also voiced frustration with conservative commentator Tucker Carlson and his team at Fox News over their coverage of the new film.
D’Souza claimed on social media that Carlson and his team were keeping True the Vote founder Catherine Engelbrecht from mentioning the film on air. D’Souza also stated that Newsmax canceled an upcoming appearance of his and that Fox News had banned mentions of his film.Despite the Department of Homeland Security referring to the last presidential election as “the most secure in American history,” D’Souza’s latest work claimed that political operatives, which the film refers to as “mules,” were deployed by Democrats in key states to rig the vote.In response to D’Souza bashing her education, Carpenter, a Ball State alum and former communications adviser to Senator Ted Cruz wrote on Twitter, “I’m a proud public school kid from a rural town who worked her way thru college on her own. I worked a bazillion jobs and spent every extra second I had on debate team. I’ll never not be grateful and happy for that.”
I’m a proud public school kid from a rural town who worked her way thru college on her own. I worked a bazillion jobs and spent every extra second I had on debate team. I’ll never not be grateful and happy for that. pic.twitter.com/WjBy4savtr— Amanda Carpenter (@amandacarpenter) May 17, 2022
In her review, Carpenter takes down 2000 Mules. She says the film fails to stand up against the most basic of fact checks, is a “performance piece” and that “2000 Mules is an investigative documentary in roughly the same way Reno 911 was a hard-hitting look at real-life police work.”
In a follow-up tweet, Carpenter went on “to bet” that her comment likening D’Souza’s work to the long-running comedic television series following the antics of a fictionalized version of the Reno Sheriff’s Department “made him mad.”