A new documentary claiming to have irrevocable proof of fraud in the 2020 presidential election, called 2000 Mules, was released in cinemas late last month. Despite a limited release and competing for viewership alongside heavy hitters such as Dr. Strange in The Multiverse of Madness, the film has enjoyed a significant return on its modest budget.
In its first 10 days in theaters, 2000 Mules grossed an impressive $1.2 million, proving a sizable section of Americans still has an appetite for the conspiracy theory. It’s fair to say that the limited release will have targeted Donald Trump loyalist areas creating a greater illusion of demand but still hundreds of thousands of Americans were willing to pay to see the feature.
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Potential viewers were even actively warned not to encourage the project by industry experts. Critics might say that outspoken views like that feed into the conspiracy and are in fact, more likely to galvanize support than quell that. In any case, two years on, people are still discussing the claims and many believe them while others say they’re baseless, and that may be a testament to the state of polarizing politics common in western democracies these days. So to give 2000 Mules its fair due, some viewers may feel that it’s worth exploring the claims it makes and whether or not this is irrevocable proof.
What is 2000 Mules About?
The first thing to note before diving into claims is that the film is the latest from right-wing commentator turned filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, author of such works as The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left. D’Souza is staunchly pro-Trump, so it’s an exposé that’s coming in pretty loaded.
D’Souza’s last film, Death of a Nation: Can We Save America a Second Time? was also criticized for historical inaccuracies, mainly relating to Adolf Hitler and his Nazi party. It’s worth taking everything with a pinch of salt then but the main claim the film makes is about the titular ‘mules.’
‘Mules’ are defined as people who ferried Democratic votes into key constituencies to influence the outcome of the election. Essentially the accusation is that votes were moved from safe ‘blue states’ so that they could be counted in swing states like Pennsylvania which both parties coveted and which proved a close and contentious state.
D’Souza teams up with Texas-based organization True the Vote who reveals the evidence they’ve accumulated from cell phone tracking and CCTV footage from the night of the election. The tracking data supposedly shows at least 2000 individuals who traveled through the night to spread Democratic Party votes.
Not everyone will be willing to entertain 2000 Mules, as the main theory laid out in the film and others it touches on have all been dismissed, at least officially, by the relevant US authorities. 2000 Mules essentially echoes a conversation that has already been held ad nauseam throughout 2021.
2000 Mules is still screening in select cinemas and is available to stream on D’Souza’s website for an annual subscription fee of $19.99.