Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza’s movie alleging voter fraud in the 2020 election, “2000 Mules,” has made more than $1 million on streaming sites Rumble and its subscription-based platform, Locals in the first weekend out.
The conservative political commentator’s latest film hit the streaming site at noon on Saturday, and after 12 hours it had grossed “more than one million dollars” on Rumble and Locals, making the sales “good enough” to put the film in the “estimated box office top ten for the weekend of May 6th to May 8th,” according to PRNewswire.com. The movie also played on a limited basis in selected theaters on May 2 and May 4, reported Newsweek.
“The success of ‘2000 Mules’ on Rumble is a great sign for creators who do not want to be silenced or censored for their speech,” D’Souza told the outlet.
“Supporting creative independence is core to our values, and we are thrilled to offer creators a new way to distribute and sell movies independently,” Locals President Assaf Lev told the outlet.
D’Souza said the idea for the film came from True the Vote’s Catherine Engelbrecht and Gregg Phillips, who he said got a hold of a “treasure trove of cellphone data, this is called cellphone “geotracking,” which they believed proved “election fraud.” The two purport to show 2,000 people who allegedly made dozens of trips each to multiple drop boxes where they deposited mail-in ballots in key swing states such as Pennsylvania, Arizona, Georgia, Wisconsin and Michigan.
The Associated Press said the film used “flawed analysis of cellphone location data and ballot drop box surveillance footage” to cast doubt on the 2020 election. It explained why it came to this conclusion:
CLAIM: At least 2,000 “mules” were paid to illegally collect ballots and deliver them to drop boxes in key swing states ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
THE FACTS: True the Vote didn’t prove this. The finding is based on false assumptions about the precision of cellphone tracking data and the reasons that someone might drop off multiple ballots, according to experts.
The film focuses on “ballot harvesting,” which is a term for “dropping off completed ballots for people besides yourself.” The AP noted that the practice is “legal in several states but largely illegal in the states True the Vote focused on.”
Derek Muller, a law professor at the University of Iowa, said a “massive ballot harvesting” dumping scheme for one candidate into drop boxes would likely be caught “quickly.”
“Once you get just a few people involved, people start to reveal the scheme because it unravels pretty quickly,” Muller told the outlet.
Politifact said the movie used “faulty premises” to argue election fraud and found that D’Souza’s claims that mules “delivered 400,000 illegal votes” is “inherently flawed.” It also found that, “while authorities identified isolated cases of voter fraud” in the 2020 election, “these instances were in such small numbers it would not have changed the election’s outcome.”