GOP pundit Dinesh D’Souza, who gained prominence for constantly smearing former President Obama with “works” such as his book The Roots of Obama’s Rage, will be receiving a full pardon today for campaign crimes he committed during the Obama administration, all thanks to Donald Trump.
Trump said he will pardon D’Souza this Thursday morning, claiming that D’Souza “was treated very unfairly by our government!”
Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today. He was treated very unfairly by our government!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 31, 2018
On May 20th of 2014, this D’Souza character plead guilty in federal court to one charge of using a “straw donor” to make an illegal campaign contribution to a 2012 United States Senate campaign, which is a felony. Worded differently but accurately, D’Souza broke the law to give a candidate an unfair advantage by donating much more than the legal limit.
Obama’s former U.S. attorney Preet Bharara announced D’Souza’s conviction at the time, “Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process. Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime – here with a felony conviction.”
This is dangerous and concerning, plain and simple. By pardoning people like D’Souza and Joe Arpaio, Trump is sending the message that loyalty to his administration will receive legal immunity. This is a message to Manafort and others that if they remain loyal, they too can get a pardon.
Even worse about this, is that D’Souza is a verified racist. Just look at two of his prior social media posts about President Obama;