Daily Commercial: Democrat Asks Villages To Stop Playing Hillary Movie
Originally posted at Daily Commercial by Millard K. Ives.
A top Democratic official in Sumter County has asked The Villages to stop playing a movie that he says portrays his party’s presidential nominee in a negative light and will incite violence against party members.
Joseph Flynn, a Democratic state committeeman and a Sumter County resident of the retirement community, said three residents in The Villages have been threatened with harm within the last week because of their expressed Democratic beliefs.
He said he feels the retirement community showing “Hillary’s America” will spark more threats. He said he met with a lieutenant from the Sumter County Sheriff’s Office and The Villages management team early last week to convince them to stop the movie, to no avail.
“Hillary’s America” debuted at the Old Mill Playhouse in Lake-Sumter Landing in The Villages on Friday with dozens of patrons packing the theater during its first showing at 10 a.m., according to a theater manager.
“I have received a significant number of calls from people in Sumter County who viewed the trailer of this movie and voiced concern the movie will incite additional threats of violence against them and their property for being Democrats,” Flynn said. “Democrat lives matters”
Flynn said Friday he still was trying to set up a meeting with senior managers of The Villages to stop them from playing the movie.
According to an online article in Variety, “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” tries to tarnish the left’s legacy as a supporter of civil rights while taking down the party’s standard bearer. The film doesn’t just play like a greatest hits of Hillary Clinton’s scandals — from emailgate to Benghazi — it makes the argument that the Democratic Party has a history of supporting slavery and racism, the article adds.
“This movie has little to do with Hillary Clinton and is a hateful attack upon anyone who calls themselves a Democrat,” Flynn said.
Several people were lined up at the movie theater early Friday evening to watch the film, including Republicans or those who said they were Democrats thinking about switching to the Republican Party.
“It’s a big election year, so I thought seeing the movie was important,” said Rebecca Hutchinson while waiting in line at the Old Mill Playhouse on Friday evening.
Hutchinson said she was leaning toward voting for Republican Donald Trump. “I don’t see how it (the movie) would lead to violence,” she said.
A manager for Old Mill Playhouse, who would only identify himself as Jeff, said there was a recent protest of the movie at the Rialto Theatre in Spanish Springs of The Villages. But the first showing of the movie at his theater Friday at 10 a.m. attracted about 70 patrons, which he said was about the same number of people who usually fill the entire eight-movie theater that early in the morning.
“I don’t see why it would incite violence,” Jeff said.
The online article also refers to the filmmaker of the movie, Dinesh D’Souza, as the Michael Moore of the right. Moore is a liberal filmmaker of such movies as “Bowling for Columbine” and “Fahrenheit 9/11,” which takes a critical look at the presidency of George W. Bush.
Carol Carlyon, a Republican, was in line at the Old Mill Playhouse on Friday to see Ghostbusters, but said she plans to see “Hillary’s America.”
She said she didn’t have any problem with such a movie.
“There hasn’t been any violence as a result of the Michael Moore movies, so I don’t see why there is problem with this,” Carlyon said.
Flynn said that a Democratic sticker on a golf cart in The Villages elicited an “If I had my gun with me I would shoot you” response. He said another Democrat in The Villages who expressed her beliefs was threatened by someone who said they would shoot her with an AR-15.
Flynn said none of the incidents were reported to the sheriff’s office, which the sheriff’s lieutenant advised any victim to do in the future.
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