‘Trump’s Big Lie’ hits cinemas: Film claims voter fraud investigation | Donald Trump

Tis atrium Fairfax Corner Cinema It cannot be described as special. Yellow walls, arcade games, and rows of snacks and popcorn could make any multi-story cinema anywhere. But the digital dashboard for the movies currently being shown is worth a second look.

Along with the villains, Doctor Strange in the multiverse of madness and everything everywhere at once, there is the title of 2000 Mules. Anyone hoping for a superhero movie that tells the story of an army of horse and donkey hybrids will be disappointed.

Instead, Donald Trump’s Big Lie has arrived at a cinema near you.

2000 mules Claims to be an investigation into voter fraud in the 2020 presidential election. It claims it shows Democratic-aligned “mules” paid to illegally collect and drop ballots in Arizona, Georgia, Michigan, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, tipping the swing states in favor of Joe Biden against Trump .

The “documentary” was resounding Fact-checkers exposed it who point out that its supposed weapon — $2 million worth of anonymous mobile phone geolocation data that allegedly tracks “mules” visiting chests — is based on false assumptions about the technology’s accuracy.

But that didn’t stop 2,000 mules from winning praise from Trump and other Republicans, getting a limited cinema release and turning it into a sacred text in the narrative of the ill-fated “Stop the Robbery” conspiracy theory.

So, on a quiet Wednesday afternoon, dozens of people — mostly white, middle-aged or elderly people — took their seats at the Cinemark Fairfax Corner for a show. Unusually and perhaps conspicuously with the lights out, there were no trailers for other films.

The main feature turned out to be more conservative than critics of The Big Lie might expect. Far-right filmmaker and agitator Dinesh D’Souza He seeks to present himself as curious, innocent and logical – only asking questions – as he interviews commentators and “experts” about the conduct of the 2020 elections.

In fact, D’Souza is so intent on avoiding the raucous tone of Trump rallies or opinion hosts Fox News that the 88-minute movie is sometimes, surprisingly, downright boring. But in the end, he definitively concluded that the election had been rigged and stolen by Democrats as an ominous and sad version of The Star-Spangled Banner.

Among this group of moviegoers, at least, D’Souza was preaching to the Converts. Everyone is convinced that Biden is not a legitimately elected president. The film, like the social media echo chamber, provided a satisfying dose of confirmation bias.

Dinesh D'Souza in 2014.
Dinesh D’Souza in 2014. Photo: Imeh Akpanudosen / Getty Images

“I thought it was amazing,” said Joe Hughes, 67, who is self-employed. Trump didn’t stand a chance in that election.

Joyce Gold, 69, an accounting manager, agreed: “When Trump talked about things that were going to happen, I had no reason to doubt it. I thought there was a lot of cheating going on. But when you actually see the details in the movie regarding geo-tech and all those kinds of Things?Sure.

“I am just amazed at the evil that exists in the world. You always know that it exists, but when you actually hear its details, it is so amazing to me.

A man named only as “Bill”, age 50, described the film as “disgusting and nauseating if you have an open mind”. He insisted, “I am a very objective person. If my children are accused of a crime, I will be a member of the jury. That is the extent of my objectivity.”

But he added, “I’m frustrated with Trump. He knew it was going to happen. He did nothing to stop it. It’s also very disgusting to me.”

Will this movie really change opinions? Bell’s wife, Anna, 63, who works for an airline commented: “It might wake some people who haven’t been woken up but I don’t know who’s coming to watch it. I suspect some with a certain political affiliation would like it because they don’t want to see or hear it.” .

2,000 mules were produced by D’Souza and use research from a Texas-based nonprofit Vote rightwhich has spent months lobbying states to use its findings to change voting laws.

a special examination At Trump’s luxury Mar-a-Lago home in Palm Beach, Florida, prominent supporters of his assault on democracy attended: Congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Green of Georgia, Trump attorney Rudy Giuliani and MyPillow entrepreneur Mike Lindell.

Clips from the film appeared regularly at Trump rallies and were shown in full before he took to the stage in Greensburg, Pennsylvania. The former president praised 2000 Mule for exposing “massive electoral fraud”.

There are indications that it could become a cultural touchstone for Republicans, giving them a semblance of charisma and respect for the big lie that doesn’t come from rumors, speeches, or Internet chat rooms.

Ronnie JacksonThe former White House chief medical officer who is now a congressman tweeted: “If you don’t think there was massive voter fraud in the 2020 election after seeing 2,000 mules, nothing can convince you. The amount of criminal fraud caught on camera will shock you! 2020 wasn’t” Free and fair “absolutely. Go see 2000 Miles!!”

Candice Taylor, who ran for governor of Georgia in this week’s Republican primary, lamented the lack of investigations into voter fraud: “There was nothing in Georgia outside of the 2,000 mules that just came out, outside of data teams across the state that are considered Especially citizens.

However, fact-checkers have plagiarized the film, citing its faulty analysis of mobile phone location data, which is not accurate enough to confirm that someone deposited a ballot in a drop box rather than just walking or driving nearby.

Aaron StrijlA professor of computer science and engineering at the University of Notre Dame told The Associated Press, “You can use cellular evidence to say this person was in that area, but to say he was in the ballot box, you’re stretching it a lot. There’s always a very, very high amount of uncertainty that comes with this.”

2000 Mules also contains drop box surveillance footage that showed voters depositing multiple ballot papers into the boxes. But it is impossible to know if these voters are the same people whose mobile phones have been traced anonymously.

Critics also point out that D’Souza has a shape. He’s spent years promoting misinformation. in 2007 Wrote That “the cultural left is responsible for the events of September 11.” In 2014 he was convicted of a crime Violation of federal election law By making illegal donations to the US Senate campaign only to be pardoned by Trump in 2018.

However, 2,000 Mules shoes have been released in more than 270 movie theaters across the United States with most distribution provided by Cinemark, the third largest chain in the country. Popular Information The site indicated that Cinemark’s founder and chairman, Lee Roy Mitchell, “is a major financial supporter of Trump and right-wing disinformation platforms.”

Given Trump’s obsession with ratings, it wouldn’t be much of a surprise if he now claims to have saved the US box office. But the 2000 mule release is pretty modest compared to the usual Hollywood movie release.

Dan Cassino“It’s not a widespread release,” said a professor of government and politics at Fairleigh Dickinson University in Madison, New Jersey. “This is not Dr. Weird. This is there because there is a market for it.”

It’s hard to believe that the kind of blatant propaganda that doesn’t supposedly address the question would convince anyone who didn’t actually believe this was real. This is a way to give additional talking points to people who already believe the election was stolen.”

The presenters of Trump’s false election claims have come under fire in this week’s Republican primary in Georgia. But some observers warn that, 18 months into the presidential election, the mere presence of 2,000 mules could breathe new life into the big lie.

Gunner Ramer, Political Director of Republican Accountability Projecthe said, “We get angry emails in our inbox all the time – we’re stupid, horrible RINOs. [Republicans In Name Only] Or whatever – and the only thing I’ve noticed is that people mention 2,000 mules.

“Among the crowd that still can’t get over the loss of the 2020 election, they are watching this. I influenced them and reinforced the big lie.. “