Conservative author D’Souza speaks in Bigfork

Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza came to Bigfork Saturday night.

His talk, organized by the Last Chance Patriots and the Flathead County Republican Central Committee, nearly filled the 435-seat Bigfork Center for the Performing Arts.

Audience members paid $100 per ticket to hear D’Souza’s take on politics, a topic he’s explored in 17 books and three films. Many guests picked up a signed copy of his latest volume, “The Big Lie,” which claims that the “Democratic left has an ideology virtually identical with fascism and routinely borrows tactics of intimidation and political terror from the Nazi Brownshirts.”

Stances like these have drawn criticism throughout D’Souza’s career and in the weeks leading up to his visit. But no protesters came to Bigfork on Saturday, and the event’s organizer, retired filmmaker Jerry Molen, kicked things off with a trenchant defense of D’Souza’s talk.