President Donald Trump has just announced he will bestow a “full pardon” on Dinesh D’Souza, a far right wing anti-gay extremist best known as the author of conspiracy theorist books and films that attack former President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
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
D’Souza’s film, “2016: Obama’s America,” was billed as a documentary. The New Yorker described it as “a work of propaganda that offers base innuendo in lieu of argument.” It was based on his 2010 book, “The Roots of Obama’s Rage.”
D’Souza also penned “Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party,” “Hillary’s America,” and “The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left.”
In 2014 D’Souza was convicted of making an illegal campaign contribution.
Also that year, Mother Jones’ David Corn peened an article titled, “Remember How Dinesh D’Souza Outed Gay Classmates—and Thought It Was Awesome?”
In addition to outing gay students – in 1982, when the world was far different from today (not that outing for the sake of outing is acceptable, but the consequences then were generally more severe), D’Souza engaged in disgusting racist behavior, as Corn writes:
While he helmed the [Dartmouth] Review, it published a “lighthearted interview with a former Klan leader”—accompanied by a staged photo of a black person hanging from a tree—and an assault on affirmative action titled, “Dis Sho Ain’t No Jive, Bro,” which was written in Ebonics. (“Now we be comin’ to Dartmut and be up over our ‘fros in studies, but we still be not graduatin’ Phi Beta Kappa.”)
In 2017 D’Souza tweeted that Hitler – responsible for the slaughter of millions of LGBT people – was not anti-gay:
D’Souza is so toxic the far right wing Conservative Political Action Convention (CPAC) banned him in February after he posted offensive remarks about the Parkland High School shooting student survivors.
Last August, then-Chief White House Strategist Steve Bannon and then-Deputy Assistant to President Sebastian Gorka, both of whom have since departed the Trump administration, posed with D’Souza and his new book, The Big Lie: Exposing the Nazi Roots of the American Left, in the White House.
NBC News’ Benjy Sarlin summed up Trump’s decision to pardon D’Souza:
Accusing millions of people of voting illegally with zero evidence while pardoning someone who confessed to using straw donors to make illegal contributions https://t.co/RdZcmYWlPk
— Benjy Sarlin (@BenjySarlin) May 31, 2018
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Trump Swipes at Mark Zuckerberg Asking for White House Goodies: ‘He Didn’t Do Too Well’
Former President Donald J. Trump mocked Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg and “big tech” during an interview on Tuesday when he appeared on Fox News with Sean Hannity.
Trump meandered throughout the interview and went off on a tangent claiming he did “big things” when discussing the 2020 election. Trump said Zuckerberg visited the White House “trying to get goodies,” but that “he didn’t do too well.”
Trump added, “So I thought that he was concerned we were doing things. We were doing things. Had we had a second term, we would have had that much, really, pretty much under control. We had some incredible things planned for big tech.”
Watch the video below.
Lincoln Project Trolls Trump with New TV Ad Where He’s Currently Vacationing
According to the Sun Sentinel, the group has bought air time in the West Palm Beach market from Wednesday through Jan. 5. Trump is scheduled to be in the area until Jan. 3.
“A major pillar of The Lincoln Project’s 2020 strategy was aiming to torment an audience of one — Trump — through advertising on cable shows he’s sure to watch on channels such as Fox News,” the Sentinel reports. “That’s the aim of the latest effort, which seeks to drive a wedge between Trump and Vice President Mike Pence, who will preside over the Jan. 6 joint session of Congress at which the electoral votes making Joe Biden the next president will be counted.”
The ad focuses on recent reports that say Vice President Mike Pence is “backing away” from Trumpworld’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election.
“When Mike Pence is backing away from you, you know it’s over,” the ad states.
Watch the ad below.
— The Lincoln Project (@ProjectLincoln) December 22, 2020
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On Monday, writing for The Washington Post, columnist Brian Klaas tore into outgoing President Donald Trump for a final round of foreign military sales in the Middle East that function as a “parting gift to dictators” — and suggested he could even be using them to set up a private quid pro quo down the road in his post-presidency.
“All three regimes have abysmal human rights records,” wrote Klaas. “Saudi Arabia has beheaded dissidents, subjugated women and detained female activists who have pushed for reforms, and murdered and dismembered Post contributing columnist Jamal Khashoggi. The United Arab Emirates is home to torture, arbitrary detention and forced disappearances. Egypt’s dictatorship has carried
“Given past behavior, we know how these weapons will likely be used,” warned Klaas. “Despots will use them to help facilitate war crimes in places such as Yemen and the Sinai Peninsula while maintaining an iron grip over their own populations — all aided and abetted by the U.S. government.”
And even worse, Klaas argued, Trump himself could be using these sales to call in a personal favor from these countries in his post-presidency. “Once Trump leaves the White House, odds are good that he will cash in,” he wrote. “Seen in that light, the recently approved arms sales and military technology transfers are even more worrying. Are they just the beginning of a quid pro quo?”
All of this is occurring as President-elect Joe Biden alleges the Pentagon is obstructing him from getting all of the national security information he requires for the transition — something administration officials deny.
“For the past four years, Trump has painted the image of a United States that consistently sides with tyrants,” concluded Klaas. “Biden now has an opportunity to reverse Trump’s catastrophic foreign policy. He should take it.”
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