With President Donald Trump in the mood after pardoning former George W. Bush administration official Lewis “Scooter” Libby on Friday, a petition has surfaced on social media requesting a pardon of conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza.
…if for no other reason than the certainty that granting the absolution will drive the left insane.
And the campaign has a likely support: Dinesh D’Souza!
Hey, someone here is standing up for me. To try to undo the selective prosecution of petty vindictive Obama. How cool! https://t.co/9G2vVryTNn
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) April 14, 2018
D’Souza, a fierce critic of former President Barack Obama, pleaded guilty to using straw donors to make illegal contributions to a Senate candidate and was sentenced to five years of probation, to include serving 8 months in a community confinement center.
He served the eight months and was released in 2015.
A Twitter account under the name Saltwater Patricia tweeted a link to a petition calling on the White House to pardon D’Souza.
“We have an official petition to White House requesting that President Trump pardon Dinesh D’ Souza,” the tweet reads. “It’s time! Please sign, RT and make it go viral. We need 100K signatures in 30 days. #PardonDinesh”
We have an official petition to @WhiteHouse requesting that @POTUS @realDonaldTrump pardon @DineshDSouza. It's time! Please sign, RT & make it go viral. We need 100K signatures in 30 days. #PardonDinesh
Pardon Dinesh D'Souzahttps://t.co/H7LIRi7udY
— Saltwater❤️🅿️atricia 🧜🏽♀️ 🇺🇸🇮🇹 (@TrumpGirlStrong) April 14, 2018
“No American has ever been prosecuted, let alone sentenced, for a crime of this nature involving no quid pro quo,” the petition states. “Without a pardon, Dinesh is unable to exercise his right to vote or to legally purchase a firearm.”
More than 3,500 people have signed the petition as of this writing.
For what it’s worth, attorney Pierce O’Donnell was offered and accepted a plea deal for contributing $26,000 in illegal contributions to 2004 Democratic presidential candidate John Edwards, according to Reuters. He faced a misdemeanor charge, as opposed to D’Souza being hit with a felony.
Helping his case, famed Harvard law professor Alan Dershowitz sided with D’Souza, saying the case tried during the Obama administration was an example of “selective prosecution.”
“The idea of charging him with a felony for this doesn’t sound like a proper exercise of prosecutorial discretion,” Dershowitz told the Wall Street Journal in 2014.
“I can’t help but think that [D’Souza’s] politics have something to do with it,” added the law professor. “It smacks of selective prosecution.”
As for a pardon driving the left insane… Exhibit A:
This is scary. Look at the RTs, likes and responses in support of this racist, adulterous, convicted criminal. These "people" R walking around in USA. This is scary. https://t.co/oYRv8nhoG9
— Horcruxus (@drhudsonjvernon) April 15, 2018
But a scan of social media shows there’s plenty in agreement that D’Souza is a worthy recipient of President Trump’s mercy.
— Deplorable Dixie Dreg (@AlTrumpTrain) April 15, 2018
— Deplorable KGB Brad (@davisindy) April 15, 2018
As long as the DOJ doesn't investigate the Clinton crime family and foundation, it's a no-brainer to pardon Dinesh… https://t.co/UcHwajTniF
— Spinfree (@spinfreehistory) April 15, 2018
— Jane Scharringhausen WWG1WGA (@Jane85413347) April 15, 2018
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