It’s good to see that Donald Trump’s meeting with prison-reform activist Kim Kardashian had a positive effect on the president’s feelings about unjust incarceration. Less than 24 hours after that meeting with the Calabasas, Calif., civil rights leader, Trump has decided to pardon Dinesh D’Souza, the unjustly accused and convicted author of leanings so far right, his books have trouble resting on the coffee table.
Who is Dinesh D’Souza? Just a shit heel whose conspiracy theories include claims that former Barack Obama is a “gay Muslim” and suggestions that former first lady Michelle Obama is a man. Oh, and he sent out this lovely tweet:
So yeah, D’Souza has been trash, but he’s Trump’s special blend of KFC trash, so that means he will be getting a full pardon, according to an early-morning tweet from the president.
What the president failed to mention is that the pardon he’s giving D’Souza wasn’t because the government treated him unfairly—it’s because D’Souza pleaded guilty to making an illegal campaign contribution.
According to CNBC, D’Souza pleaded guilty in 2014 to directing two of his associates to contribute $10,000 each to Wendy Long’s Senate campaign. Once the donations were made, D’Souza reimbursed both associates and admitted that he knew he was violating the law.
At the time, the Federal Election Campaign Act prohibited individual citizens from donating more than $5,000 to a single candidate, and D’Souza knew that.
“Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, willfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process,” then-U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara said at the time of D’Souza’s conviction. “Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime—here with a felony conviction.”
D’Souza was sentenced to five years of probation, including eight months of living under supervision in a halfway house, and a $30,000 fine, CNN reports.
The 57-year-old boil on the backside of American politics will never have to worry about going to jail because the president has used his executive privilege to free him from those restraints.
Good job, Coretta Scott Kim Kardashian.