Earlier this week, President Trump announced that he would be pardoning conservative pundit, author, and filmmaker, Dinesh D’Souza for his crime of campaign finance fraud.
Essentially, D’Souza knowingly donated too much money (using various names) to a Republican candidate for office. D’Souza eventually admitted his guilt and went to prison for his crime. Here’s the thing, this kind of crime happens dozens (perhaps even hundreds) of times every election cycle. Not only is the crime hardly ever prosecuted, it’s almost never prosecuted as a felony (which D’Souza’s was). There is clear evidence that the Obama administration willfully chose to come down as harshly as possible on D’Souza, and the likeliest explanation for that seems to be that it was politically motivated.
None of that is to say that D’Souza didn’t deserve to be punished, nor that he was right to do what he did. He should have been punished and he was wrong to break the law.
However, President Trump is also right to pardon him because the Obama administration was not out for justice… they were out for revenge. Our justice system cannot work like this, it cannot allow a person’s political beliefs to color how they are treated by the justice system. It makes a mocker of our system when this happens.
On Friday, D’Souza made an appearance on Fox & Friends to discuss his pardon and to explain why the President was intervening.
Brian Kilmeade: All right. Dinesh D’Souza joins us right now for his first TV interview since his official pardon.
Dinesh, what was it like to get the call from the president? Did you know it was coming?
Dinesh D’Souza: I did not know. I was in my office just working away and the operator came on the line and said, is this Dinesh D’Souza? Yes. Hold the line for the president of the United States. And there was Trump.
And the president said, Dinesh, you have been a great voice for freedom. And he said that I got to tell you man-to-man, you’ve been screwed. He goes, I have been looking at the case. I knew from the beginning that it was fishy.
But he said, upon reviewing it, he felt a great injustice had been done and that using his power, he was going to rectify it, sort of clear the slate and he said he just wanted me to be out there, to be a bigger voice than ever, defending the principles that I believe in.
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