Right-Wing Pundit Gets Big Backlash for Shooting Comments
The Fulshear Area Chamber of Commerce in Texas has canceled its event with conservative author and pundit Dinesh D’Souza after he mocked the student survivors of the Parkland, FL school shooting.
An organizer for the event confirmed to Media Matters in an email today that the event has been canceled.
The event, titled “Dinesh D'Souza, The Case for Capitalism," was scheduled for February 23 and was sponsored by local groups and financial institutions like NewFirst National Bank and First Financial Bank (a cache of the event page, which has been taken down, is available here).
Student survivors of the February 14 shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School have been speaking out against gun violence, calling for new gun laws and organizing rallies. Many right-wing media personalities, however, have smeared the students with attacks and conspiracy theories.
D’Souza has recently mocked the student survivors and said their grief “strikes me as phony & inauthentic”:
Adults 1, kids 0 https://t.co/24iqKtnTxy— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1519163668.0
Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs https://t.co/Vg3mXYvb4c— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1519166055.0
Genuine grief I can empathize with. But grief organized for the cameras—politically orchestrated grief—strikes me as phony & inauthentic— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1519185922.0