Right-wing conservative Dinesh D’Souza is no stranger to controversy but his retweet on June 30 went far beyond his normal rhetoric.
D’Souza, busily promoting his new movie which claims Donald Trump is the new Abraham Lincoln, shared a tweet that used the hashtag #BurnTheJews.
The original tweet was shared by RedManDan84, a Twitter account that has since been deleted. The hashtag offending tweet also included a trailer to D’Souza’s newest movie.
D’Souza retweeted RedManDan84’s tweet and only deleted it after being called out for the hashtag.
D’Souza later claimed he didn’t read the full tweet before sharing it.
I did not see the hashtag. Just trying to share the trailer on social media https://t.co/u1Wn2JPKLe
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) June 30, 2018
D’Souza was recently pardoned by President Trump for illegal campaign contributions he made on behalf of conservative candidates running for office.
Originally, D’Souza was given five years of probation with eight months to be served in a community confinement center, or halfway house. He openly pled guilty to his crimes.
The retweet isn’t really surprising. D’Souza has previously mocked the students who survived the Parkland shooting and has openly attacked Rosie O’Donnell for her campaign contributions.
Sadly, D’Souza’s tweet probably would have played well with his base had he not deleted it after receiving criticism.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.