BAILEY T. STEEN | WEDNESDAY, JUNE 6, 2018
“LAW AND ORDER” was the mantra of President Donald Trump, the Republican Party’s so-called anti-establishment champion who swore to “drain the swamp” responsible for Washington’s corruption.
Conservatives’ White House hero recently met with fellow reality TV star Kim Kardashian West, an advocate for criminal justice reform, who pleaded for the clemency of Alice Marie Johnson, currently serving a life sentence despite the charge being a non-violent drug offence and having no prior convictions.
Alternatively, President Trump, ever the courageous social justice warrior (SJW), decided presidential pardons should go to loyal heroes with such tremendous importance — such as Dinesh D’Souza. Yes, that same right-wing TV pundit who pleaded guilty to violating America’s own campaign finance laws, who just so happens to play rabid lapdog for the philandering president.
“Will be giving a Full Pardon to Dinesh D’Souza today,” the president so boldly tweeted. “He was treated very unfairly by our government!”
The newly pardoned Indian-American political commentator soon criticised prosecutor Preet Bharara of not having racial solidarity in his following of the law. This is incredibly rich since the right-wing is right to criticise forcing unjust identity politics into criminal justice procedures. Why the sudden change for personal benefits, Mr. D’Souza?
Nevertheless, the hypocritical commentator was mocked by New York Magazine as being a political insider of deep “characteristic eloquence and grace”, now using right-wing SJW attacks against his political enemies:
“KARMA IS A BITCH DEPT: @PreetBharara wanted to destroy a fellow Indian American to advance his career. Then he got fired & I got pardoned.”
What D’Souza won’t tell you is why former U.S. Attorney Bharara was fired by President Trump in the first place. As reported by Vanity Fair, it was the president’s personal lawyer Marc Kasowitz who told the White House the man was “going to get” the president on corruption charges, following previous comments from the president suggesting he would allow Bharara’s investigations to continue. This, evidently, didn’t stick — soon tossed to the streets out of work once those investigations expanded to financial ties believed to lead directly to the Trump family.
At the time of D’Souza’s conviction, Bharara showcased these anti-corruption principles when he decided to release a statement back in 2014:
“Dinesh D’Souza attempted to illegally contribute over $10,000 to a Senate campaign, wilfully undermining the integrity of the campaign finance process,” Bharara wrote. “Like many others before him, of all political stripes, he has had to answer for this crime — here with a felony conviction.”
After his pardon, the convicted campaign-finance fraudster then went on the morning program Fox & Friends, recounting what happened during his conversation with the White House: “The president said, ‘Dinesh, you’ve been a great voice for freedom. I got to tell you man-to-man you’ve been screwed… I want you to be a bigger voice than ever, defending the principles that I believe in.” Admittedly, the idea of Trump holding principles does cause a laugh, but leave it to CNN host Alisyn Camerota to turn an obvious meme into a rare case of quality journalism from the network.
What exactly are those principles? Well, on her weekday show New Day, D’Souza was grilled on nasty comments directed at former President Barack Obama’s father who he labeled “a philandering, inebriated African socialist”, which is odd since his beloved pussy-grabber-in-chief was the philanderer who just recently signed his pardon. D’Souza, an avid Christian and religion apologist, flubbed the question and refused to give concrete answers.
Now D’Souza can’t even craft concrete narratives on his own victim complex. After he pleaded guilty to a felony crime, where he illegally transferred upwards of $10,000 to the campaign of Wendy Long during her 2012 race for U.S. Senate, D’Souza said he didn’t even believe he was being unfairly prosecuted by the justice system:
“I’m sorry for what I did. I have never said otherwise,” he publicly said. “I have never even said I am being selectively prosecuted. I feared that I was being.”
Why the sudden change of heart? Could be that, when the right-wing social justice warrior president tells his dog to park, he does what he’s told? Or is he exploiting the victim status the right often rightly attribute to left-wing SJW? His crime wasn’t prosecuted because he was some Indian-American conservative, nor was it because he had an agenda the Obama administration selectively wanted to squash. Straw donations, where you get cronies to donate to campaigns on your behalf, is illegal. You would expect the party of “law and order” to understand that, which D’Souza did at the time. It was only when the victimhood become profitable did they decide to cash in.
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Bailey T. Steen is a journalist, editor, artist and film critic based in Victoria, Australia, but is also Putin’s Puppet™ on occasion.
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