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Dinesh D’Souza Challenges Bill Barr To Debate On Merits Of His Movie

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Filmmaker and conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza laid a challenge to former Attorney General Bill Barr and he has yet to answer.

Barr’s testimony was played on video during the January 6 Committee’s hearings on Monday when he referenced his movie “2000 Mules,” and Dinesh did not take it kindly.

“The election was not stolen by fraud, and I haven’t seen anything since the election that changes my mind on that, including the ‘2000 Mules’ movie,” Barr said as he laughed.

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“The [Georgia Bureau of Investigation] was unimpressed with it. I was similarly unimpressed with it,” the former Attorney General said.

“The cellphone data is singularly unimpressive,” Barr continued. “Basically, if you take 2 million cellphones and figure out where they are physically in a big city like Atlanta or wherever, by definition, you’re going to find many hundreds of them that have passed by and spent time in the vicinity these boxes. And the premise that if you go by five boxes or whatever it was, that that’s a mule, is indefensible.”

D’Souza immediately hit back with his challenge.

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No matter what anyone thinks about the hearings, if the idea is to get former President Donald Trump’s supporters to abandon him, it is not likely to be successful as he could be announcing his campaign for president in 2024 within a month.

The former president has teased the idea of making a 2024 presidential campaign, with many assuming he will be in the race, but now sources are saying that his announcement could come as soon as the Fourth of July, NBC News reported.

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Some believe he should wait until after the midterm elections to make his announcement, but others believe he should make an announcement before then to cut off any steam other possible contenders are getting.

“I’ve laid out my case on why I think he should do it,” his longtime adviser Jason Miller, said as he accompanied the former president to a rally in Wyoming over Memorial Day weekend. “I think that there being clarity about what his intentions are [is important] so he can start building that operation while it’s still fresh in people’s minds and they’re still active — a lot of that can be converted into 2024 action.”

Another adviser who believes that Trump should wait until after the midterms said that he believes the announcement is going to be “sooner rather than later.”

The adviser said that one question is “whether he can sort of suppress his excitement about a 2024 rematch and not, say, go ahead and put that statement out … and waits for a big event, a big speech to do it.”

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“A betting person says he’s doing it, and he also wants to crowd out the rest of the field,” they said.

Two people in Trump’s orbit told NBC News they had been asked informally to hold July 4 as a date for a possible announcement, but Miller — noting that Trump hasn’t yet decided to run — said it is “not true” that the day has been reserved, even unofficially, for a launch.

Without specifically addressing the question of timing, Trump spokesman Taylor Budowich said in a text exchange with NBC News that he sees growing public appetite for a Trump comeback.

“America was strong, prosperous, and greatly respected under President Trump, and that’s why he continues to have unprecedented strength through his endorsement record and the demand for his leadership has never been higher,” the spokesman said.

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Another clue came last week that Trump may be gearing up to run for president in 2024.

While speaking with Fox News, Trump said the revelations out of the trial of former Hillary Clinton campaign lawyer Michael Sussmann and his acquittal make him “want to fight even harder.”

Trump said: “If we don’t win, our country is ruined.”

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