Trump Pardons Anti-Obama Conservative Filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza


Thursday turned out to be a better than average day for conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza. And it’s all thanks to President Trump who, as usual, corrected a mistake made by the Obama administration. 

Trump pardons Dinesh D'Souza
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Back in 2014, D’Souza pled guilty to making an illegal campaign donation. He gave $20,000 to New York politician Wendy Long, which is over the allowed amount, and directed others to make contributions to her campaign.

For that crime, a felony, the court sentenced him to five-years probation, eight months in a halfway house, and a $30,000 fine. However, while he did technically violate campaign finance laws, many thought D’Souza’s punishment was unnecessarily punitive.

In fact, conservatives saw it more as political retribution. For instance, in 2012 he made the hit documentary called 2016: Obama’s America. The film examined the early life and beliefs of Barack Obama and how they shaped his political career.

Two years later, Obama-appointed U.S. attorney Preet Bharara announced the indictment against D’Souza. And lending more credibility to the claims this was about payback rather than punishment, consider what happened to Senator Bernie Sanders.

Or better yet, what didn’t happen.

During 2016, the Sanders campaign accepted what’s known as “illegal foreign contributions.” His campaign employed students backed by the Australian Labor Party. The Federal Election Commission fined Sanders and the ALP $14,500.

Now we know it’s not the same as what D’Souza did but you see our point. Thankfully it’s all water under the bridge now. President Trump has righted another Obama wrong. 

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