Student: My question is concerning
that work, and I know you use different medias a lot. So you use
documentaries and speeches like this and more in-depth books, but then
you have Twitter and quick little things. It’s been really interesting for me as
I’m studying government and English together to look at how the Left uses
rhetoric. They’re very good at it. They’re good at making signs and
good mottos and quick little things. And often times, I find myself using
paragraphs to explain one thing. I feel that conservatives tend to think
a lot more through things, and that it takes more words for us to do so.
How aligned, do you think, our rhetoric needs to be with the market of Twitter
and of Facebook? How many 30-second clips should we be… How
do we balance that as conservatives? D’Souza: The truth of it is we live in
a culture that is somewhat ADD, impatient, and so we need to
put out our message that way. When I make movies, people say to me
things like, “Conservatives value reason and the other side values emotion.”
I’m like, “No, I value both.” I put both into my movies. The key to
a good movie is an emotional narrative. I want people in my movies to be inwardly
transformed, and that’s a function of the head and the heart. Sometimes when
people read my Twitter, they think I’m a total slash-and-burn guy. I’m not.
That’s my Twitter persona. But if I’m having an apologetics debate,
I’m a completely different person. If this seems chameleonic, it’s
really not. I’m adapting my message to the medium. It’s not a different
message, but it is a little different tone. And I would say the same with Trump
and Reagan. Reagan lived in a different time, and a different tone
was appropriate. If Trump appears to be a mudwrestler, it’s not because
he created all this chaos and division. It created him. Republicans nominated
one Boy Scout after another, like Romney, and saw them beaten to
a pulp. And finally, they realize the other side has gone gangster on us.
Let’s have a gangster on our side, if you will, or at least let’s have a boss.
And so, I explain Trumpism as a response to the peculiarities of our time.
So that’s the short answer for you. Try to adapt a message to
different mediums so you actually do find the audience. Words, in that sense,
are a product like anything else. Student: Right. Thank you very much. [Audience applause] D’Souza: Lincoln was elected to
unite a country and stop slavery. Democrats smeared him, went to war
against him, assassinated him. Now, their target is Trump.
[Protestors chanting] D’Souza: They say he’s a racist, a fascist.
But who are the real racists and fascists? A nation dies when its
people are not free. It’s now up to use to save
America a second time.