After Charlottesville, Fox guest Dinesh D'Souza claims “ethnic nationalism is a left-wing idea”

After Charlottesville, Fox guest Dinesh D'Souza claims “ethnic nationalism is a left-wing idea”

D'Souza: Democrats “encourage black nationalism and Hispanic nationalism, Asian nationalism. But somehow the white guy is not welcome at the multicultural picnic.” If white nationalists “show up at the multicultural picnic, they're Satan."

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From the August 14 edition of Fox News' Fox & Friends:

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STEVE DOOCY (CO-HOST): Mainstream media quick to blame right-wing rhetoric for Saturday's hate-filled attacks in the state of Virginia. 

ABBY HUNTSMAN (CO-HOST): But our next guest claims it's the racial politics on the left actually fueling this divide. 

[...]

So you say there's something else going on here. Walk us through this. 

DINESH D'SOUZA: Well, the media is drawing the lesson from Charlottesville that Trump's hateful rhetoric, his racist rhetoric, is partly responsible for this. And Trump is accused of being like Hitler, making kind of a racist attack on immigrants. Now, the key point is that for Trump, the distinction is between legal immigrants and illegals, and this is not a racial distinction at all. Remember, the vast majority of legal immigrants to America today are nonwhite. They come from Asia, they come from Africa, from South America. Trump has never said, not even implied, that he wants to see legal immigration be more white. He wants to see more people, for example, come from England and Australia and fewer come, let's say for example, from India. Trump has never said that. On the other side of the aisle, if you think of Hitler, Hitler wasn't even talking about immigrants. The Jews in Germany were German citizens. And so for Hitler, the distinction was inside of Germany between what he considered to be the superior Nordics and the sort of inferior Jews. And so there's simply no valid analogy here between Trump and Hitler on this racial point at all. 

PETE HEGSETH (CO-HOST): Dinesh, a lot of his critics will also say that when he talks about America first or Americanism, that's a dogwhistle for white nationalism, what he really means is white people. What's your take on that? 

D'SOUZA: Well, Trump is arguing for an American nationalism and not a white nationalism. Let's remember that this whole concept of ethnic nationalism is a left-wing idea. The Democratic Party invented white nationalism and the Democratic Party invented black nationalism. Now interestingly today, the way that the progressive Democrats have constructed their sort of multicultural totem pole, they encourage every form of ethnic nationalism except white nationalism. And so they encourage black nationalism and Hispanic nationalism, Asian nationalism. But somehow the white guy is not welcome at the multicultural picnic. This I think actually explains why these white nationalists, who really belong in the Democratic Party, are in a sense politically homeless because if they show up at the multicultural picnic, they're Satan.

Related:

Talking Points Memo: WH Staffers Pose With Dinesh D’Souza And His New Book On The ‘Fascist’ Left

Previously:

Fox guest Dinesh D’Souza: Hitler took three "very destructive, genocidal ideas from the Democratic Party"

Fox & Friends Sunday defends white supremacist Charlottesville protesters: “There’s a reason those people were out there”

After praising Trump's statement on Charlottesville, a neo-Nazi website celebrates murder of counterprotester Heather Heyer

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