WASHINGTON: Thursday, Trump announced a presidential pardon for conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. D’Souza had been convicted in 2012 of commiting campaign finance crimes. However, many conservatives long regarded that conviction and jail sentence as politically motivated revenge for D’Souza’s anti-Clinton, anti-Obama documentary films.
Consequently, Trump’s latest presidential pardon seems part of his ongoing attempt to level the left-wing tilted political playing field advanced by the Clinton and Obama regimes. In a tweet announcing the pardon, President Trump said:
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!”
Dinesh D’Souza: Crimes against the state?
Back in 2012, the Obama presidency was proving too much for Dinesh D’Souza. As a result, he took the extraordinary step of having straw donors make political contributions on his behalf and beyond what Federal law allowed. He did so to benefit Wendy Long, a college friend running for the New York State Senate. But unfortunately, this proved a futile attempt by D’Souza to place a Republican in the U.S. Senate that would oppose President Obama.
After all, GOP senators were, and continue to be, a pathetically enfeebled bunch. Two words: John McCain. As you may recall, McCain was the more famous face of the McCain-Feingold campaign finance law. A law the U.S. Supreme Court ruled an unconstitutional attack on free speech in 2010.
Ultimately, Long lost by a whopping 43 percentage points in this most hopelessly blue of all blue states.
In any event, D’Souza was found guilty, convicted and sentenced to eight months in prison, five years’ probation and an equal period for community service. In addition, U.S. District Judge Richard M. Berman (appointed by President Bill Clinton) added an unusual component to D’Souza’s sentence – one that would warm the heart of every Soviet-era judge living and dead. He ordered D’Souza to undergo psychological evaluation for his political crime.
Clearly, the intended implication was that political opposition to President Obama in particular and the left in general, was, well, insane.
As some may recall, Soviet Premier Nikita Khrushchev said in 1959, “Of those who might start calling for opposition to Communism… we can say that clearly their mental state is not normal.” Apparently, Khruschchev’s comment has been elevated to dogma in today’s Washington Swamp.
The Hillary factor
There’s a scene in D’Souza’s 2016 film “Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party” in which he reenacts those precious moments in prison when armed robbers, murderers and other criminal miscreants asked him,
“What are you in here for?”
A matter-of-fact D’Souza answers,
“A friend of mine was running for office and I gave her more than I was allowed to give.”
His fellow prisoners double-over with uncontrollable laughter.
Speaking of hilarity, D’Souza’s “Hillary’s America” was considered laughable as well by Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, the organized left, and, of course, the media.
In his documentary, D’Souza said:
“Once again, the party of Lincoln and Reagan must come to America’s rescue… They can’t take America from us without our consent. Because of my conviction, I can’t vote. But you can.”
A presidential pardon and the Trump factor
With surprising honesty, the Washington Post’s media columnist, Margaret Sullivan, noted on November 9, 2016:
“Journalists – college-educated, urban and, for the most part, liberal – are more likely than ever before to live and work in New York City and Washington, D.C., or on the West Coast. And although we touched down in the big red states for a few days or interviewed some coal miners or unemployed autoworkers in the Rust Belt, we didn’t take them seriously. Or not seriously enough.”
Dinesh D’Souza’s presidential pardon will likely engender howls among the left and the “college-educated, urban and, for the most part, liberal” media, as did the election of Donald J. Trump as President of the United States.
But best of all, D’Souza’s pardon allows him to “come to America’s rescue” by refusing to allow the left to “take America from us.”
That’s because the presidential pardon also restores Dinesh D’Souza’s right to vote.
Top Image: Dinesh D’Souza poses for his prison photo. “Hillary’s America:
The Secret History of the Democratic Party,” screen grab.