President Trump unexpectedly announced he will be offering a full pardon to conservative author Dinesh D’Souza.
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh Trump’s tweet came as he left Joint Base Andrews en route to events in Texas. today,” Trump said on Twitter on Thursday. “He 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
The author, speaker, and filmmaker pleaded guilty to making an illegal campaign contribution to New York Republican Senate candidate Wendy Long in 2012. D’Souza was convicted in 2014 and sentenced to five years of probation.
The 57-year-old’s sentence included eight months living under supervision in a “community confinement center” and a $30,000 fine, according to The Washington Post.
D’Souza claimed last year that he was targeted for “political” reasons by the administration of former President Obama after the release of his film “2016: Obama’s America.”
Trump tweeted his remarks as he left Joint Base Andrews on his way to Texas where he is set to meet with families of the victims of the Sante Fe high school shooting earlier this month.
Texas Sen. Ted Cruz applauded the decision by Trump to pardon D’Souza.
Bravo! @realDonaldTrump Dinesh was the subject of a political prosecution, brazenly targeted by the Obama administration bc of his political views. And he’s a powerful voice for freedom, systematically dismantling the lies of the Left—which is why they hate him. This is Justice. https://t.co/cGHzcgwSnK
— Ted Cruz (@tedcruz) May 31, 2018
“This is Justice” the Texas Republican said.
As to be expected, liberals and media elites are having a collective tantrum:
Dinesh D'Souza is a racist piece of shit, and it's worth keeping in mind that he was pardoned because of that, not in spite of it
— Tim Murphy (@timothypmurphy) May 31, 2018
Dinesh D'Souza proves what dad always taught us – "Don't grow up to be a lying, bigoted, crypto-fascist criminal because if you do a lying, bigoted, crypto-fascist criminal might pardon you as a signal to his already indicted henchmen."
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) May 31, 2018
He couldn't send a clearer signal to everyone of his associates that he will use the pardon power to reward loyalty to him. https://t.co/YIA683fzKi
— Matthew Miller (@matthewamiller) May 31, 2018
In pardoning the well-documented criminality of folks like Dinesh D'Souza and Joe Arpaio, President Trump is sending a clear message: Personal loyalty to his administration will secure legal immunity.
It can't be overstated how subversive this is to a functioning democracy. https://t.co/oqxuei9pIa
— Serene Jones (@SereneJones) May 31, 2018
Of course, there’s two sides to this argument, and Ted Cruz wasn’t the only one applauding Trump’s move:
.@realDonaldTrump's pardon of @DineshDSouza corrects another abuse of power by the Obama gang. https://t.co/BWLoQH75GR
— Tom Fitton (@TomFitton) May 31, 2018
It’s going to be a long day for libs.
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