The Conservative Political Ally Donald Trump Chose to Pardon Has a Wickedly Racist History - And We Have the Receipts
Dinesh D’Souza is a controversial right-wing figure who is a darling of the darkest parts of conservative circles, beloved for his books and films, which he claims expose the “true history” of Barack Obama, Hillary Clinton and the Democratic party itself. Outside of conservative bubbles, his books and films are seen for what they are—cheap, dishonest propaganda.
In 2014, Dinesh D’Souza pled guilty to campaign finance fraud. He illegally created straw donors to contribute to Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long. D’Souza admitted in court that he knew it was illegal as he entered his guilty plea and asked the judge for a light sentence. From Politico:
“I knew that causing a campaign contribution to be made in the name of another was wrong and something the law forbids,” D’Souza said, according to Newsday. “I deeply regret my conduct.”
As former U.S. Attorney, Joyce Alene notes this is a blatant signal to Michael Cohen and other Trump allies to “stay strong.”
Dinesh D’Souza was convicted of one of the crimes Michael Cohen is under investigation for, campaign finance fraud.… https://t.co/vAlzCWg8M8— Joyce Alene (@Joyce Alene)1527773785.0
So, aside from knowingly committing campaign finance fraud and churning out right-wing propaganda, what else is D’Souza known for? For many of the same racist themes and conspiracies that just got Roseanne Barr canceled from television. He has routinely used Twitter to lob racist and homophobic insults at President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama, among others. Here is a sampling of some of his lowest moments.
YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO...Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment http://t.co/C9yLG4QoOK— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1424274521.0
And he spread the racist birther business, while claiming not to be a birther.
I was never a birther but what's racist about asking where the son of a Kenyan foreign student visitor to America w… https://t.co/s65kcfejti— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1474988501.0
After Florida teen Trayvon Martin was murdered, Dinesh D’Souza sent this message to the world on Twitter, comparing Trayvon Martin to Obama.
Never forget that Dinesh D’Souza unapologetically tweeted this right after the murder of Trayvon Martin. https://t.co/Df1cB55aFH— Shannon Watts (@Shannon Watts)1527774035.0
And then there is this despicable tweet targeting Barack and Michelle Obama.
I deplore this. Who is putting out these vile messages on social media? https://t.co/HE09gYu2ar— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1518550185.0
D’Souza spread the dumb conspiracy that the Charlottesville white supremacists rally was staged.
Can a genuine white supremacist be an Obama guy? No. I wonder if whole #Charlottesville rally was a staged event https://t.co/9Y3JQOIeRa— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1503060763.0
When the teenage survivors of the Stoneman-Douglas High School mass shooting visited the Florida capitol only days after seeing their peers murdered, D’Souza mocked them for crying and expressing disbelief as they watched their state representatives vote down a bill to ban assault weapons.
D’Souza mocked Beverly Johnson, one of the women who accused Alabama’s Roy Moore of sexually assaulting her as a teen.
When someone fights back tears over an alleged incident like this 40 years ago you know you are watching a PERFORMA… https://t.co/qunZKeO5do— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1510693031.0
He called Rosa Parks “overrated.”
OVERRATED DEMOCRATS DEPT: So Rosa Parks wouldn't sit in the back of the bus--that's all she did, so what's the big fuss?— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1484429080.0
D’Souza has spread some of the most vulgar lies about George Soros, including the very same ones recently promoted by Roseanne Barr. From Media Matters:
Author Dinesh D’Souza, speaking with C-SPAN at a FreedomFest event in July, claimed that his new book The Big Lie shows that billionaire philanthropist George Soros “was a kind of collection boy for Hitler” and that Soros admitted as much during an old interview with CBS’ 60 Minutes. D’Souza also claimed there was an “eerie parallel” between Soros and Josef Mengele, a physician at Auschwitz who selected victims for the gas chambers and performed deadly experiments on prisoners, because, D’Souza said, both defended their crimes by saying that if they hadn’t done them, someone else would have. Since the C-SPAN interview (and besides in his book), D’Souza has pushed the claim on Twitter, in The Daily Caller, and in an interview with far-right troll Stefan Molyneux.
It is absolutely unbelievable with that deplorable body of evidence that anyone would pardon this vile, hateful excuse for a human. And yet, here we are. None of this will stop until Congress acts like the check they were intended to be. The unraveling of our republic is happening before our very eyes and Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are sitting on their hands.
Find a candidate and work your ass off. It’s time to wind down this dark chapter of American history and begin again.