WASHINGTON, D.C. – Conservative Hollywood filmmaker Joel Gilbert is releasing his latest political documentary feature film, Trump: The Art of the Insult on Tuesday, Jan. 23. The film will be available nationwide and is being sold in the Infowars.com Store.
The film synopsis states, “Donald Trump dominated the 2016 Presidential race with a master plan of political incorrectness, using The Art of the Insult to brand political opponents and bash the media all the way to the White House. In this film, Trump emerges as a marketing genius and performance artist who, despite being a Manhattan billionaire, captured the hearts of middle America.”
Roger Stone of Infowars.com has said of this film, “Literally, you can’t stop laughing! I recommend The Art of the Insult, an incredible film by an extraordinary documentarian.”
He became a media advisor to Ted Cruz’s 2016 presidential campaign, and produced the 2016 sensational short film Banished: The Untold Story of Danney Williams.
Infowars.com caught up with Gilbert to ask about his new film, Trump: The Art of the Insult, presented here in the following question-answer format.
What is ‘The Art of the Insult?
Gilbert: The Art of the Insult is the skill of branding political opponents, executed by performance art. People forget that Donald Trump was in the entertainment business for over 30 years, starting with the Miss Universe, then boxing, wrestling, pro football, and of course his hit TV show, The Apprentice. Trump had seen and done it all when it came to marketing and hype, and he understood how to manipulate and control the media with relatively simple concepts that were edgy and brash.
Trump had a talent not only to successfully brand opponents as “stiffs”, to give just one example, but also to counterpunch brilliantly, usually with a mix of truth and humor. An early seminal moment was at the first Republican debate in Cleveland. Fox News moderator Megyn Kelly accused Trump of calling women “fat pigs, dogs, slobs, and disgusting animals”. Trump stole the moment, if not the election, by responding “only Rosie O’Donnell” and the audience roared their approval.
Another early major moment was when Trump told reporter Jorge Ramos to “go back to Univision,” one could argue that the election was over right there, because he was willing to say what most people were thinking and feeling! When he went after his Republican opponents, Trump’s retorts where often sophomoric, and sometimes brutal, but no one knew how to respond other than complain that Trump was not nice enough to beat Hillary Clinton in the general election.
Why do you believe Trump won?
Gilbert: Trump won because he spoke from the heart and was deeply authentic, even though he was sometimes rough and inarticulate, no one cared, the average normal person identified with him. To Hillary and the New York media elite this was horrifying, deplorable if you will, but Trump said what he said, and he meant was he said. With Hillary Clinton, if you could figure out what she was saying, you didn’t believe her.
How could the pundits and pollsters have gotten the 2016 election so wrong?
Gilbert: I had spent a lot of time with the Republican base voters around the country screening my recent films, Dreams from my Real Father and There’s No Place Like Utopia. Over a few years, it became clear that a monumental shift had taken place, the conservative grass roots had moved far to the right of the Republican establishment. In fact, Texas senator Ted Cruz had played a huge role in conditioning the electorate to desire an “outsider” candidate.
He was widely admired for standing up to Obama, his Obamacare filibuster, reading Green Eggs and Ham on the senate floor – Cruz was THE anti-establishment hero, and the election was his to lose. I told Cruz this personally, he just needed to be Ted Cruz, the outsider, the rebel, “Mr. Cruz goes to Washington”!
But Cruz chose an old school establishment campaign strategy and ran as a mainstream candidate, he wanted to be Jeb Bush, not himself. So, Donald Trump came along and said, “Okay if you don’t want to be Ted Cruz, I’ll be Ted Cruz”. So, Ted Cruz in fact won the election, it was just in the person of Donald Trump, the outsider, the “Drain the Swamp” candidate that Cruz wanted no part of.
What do you think audiences will learn from The Art of the Insult?
Gilbert: I think audiences will gain tremendous insight into Donald Trump. When you watch The Art of the Insult, Trump emerges as a warm and funny man who cares deeply about the country and deeply about people.
One will also marvel at Trump’s successful campaign strategy, it was all about performance art to deliver strong populist messages. Trump spoke in front of crowds of up to 20,000 people, three and four times a day for months, a “Trumpapalooza” tour, you’ll see how he tricked the media into providing him with about $2 billion worth of free earned media coverage.
Is Art of the Insult only for Trump supporters?
Gilbert: Absolutely not. I have privately screened the film for general audiences and Democrats love it just as much as Republicans, they can’t stop laughing, though for different reasons of course.
It’s 95 minutes of political incorrectness, once you start watching, you just can’t stop, unlike my film Dreams for My Real Father where leftists would run out of the room screaming after about three minutes. Even communist Bernie Sanders’ loving aunt from San Francisco loved it, and she thinks Trump is “deplorable.”