Internet Rips Trump for Pardoning 'Vile, AntiSemitic' Political Ally One Day After Meeting on Prison Reform
One day after meeting with Kim Kardashian West to discuss prison reform, Donald Trump on Thursday used his presidential pardon powers to right a perceived wrong in the U.S. criminal justice system.
Unfortunately, that “perceived wrong” did not pertain to Alice Marie Johnson, a 63-year-old great-grandmother currently serving a life sentence for a nonviolent drug crime and the reported subject of West’s meeting with the president. Instead, it related to Dinesh D’Souza, a conservative political ally of Trump, who was convicted of a campaign finance violation in 2014.
Trump’s decision to pardon D’Souza was viewed largely as a signal to longtime personal attorney Michael Cohen, who currently faces an investigation into possible campaign finance violations, among other crimes.
Former Justice Department Spokesperson Matt Miller called the move a “naked abuse of the pardon power.”
It is hard to overstate what a naked abuse of the pardon power it is for the president to use it almost exclusively… https://t.co/dzABvyeHku— Matthew Miller (@Matthew Miller)1527773778.0
And MSNBC host Chris Hayes pointed out D’Souza parrots the same “vile, antisemitic” rhetoric as former ABC star Roseanne Barr.
Oh look: the man the president pardoned and who Ted Cruz just praised, fomenting the same vile anti-semitic lie tha… https://t.co/Iq7TBuAWTU— Chris Hayes (@Chris Hayes)1527774534.0
Others on Twitter were equally as unforgiving. Read some of the responses below:
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
How many unrepentant liars has trump pardoned now?— Emily C. Singer (@Emily C. Singer)1527773735.0
Among other things, D'Souza did a film on President Obama...where he describes what he calls Obama's "anti-colonial… https://t.co/vF11SM1Iuj— John Berman (@John Berman)1527773429.0
Also, does it seem like whenever there is fresh news about Mueller having some evidence in his possession, Trump pardons somebody?— S.V. Dáte (@S.V. Dáte)1527774068.0
.@PreetBharara in 2014 said D’Souza’s illegal campaign contributions was “wilfully undermining the integrity of the… https://t.co/qnPSacEU0k— Jake Tapper (@Jake Tapper)1527774095.0
Anyway, 4,600 people apparently died, at least in part, because of our government’s inept response to a hurricane.— Matt Fuller (@Matt Fuller)1527774251.0