Trump has apparently been looking for people to pardon recently. Last week, in a move that would have garnered much more praise had the President been a Democrat, Trump gave a posthumous pardon to Jack Johnson, the African-American boxing champion who was arrested in 1913 for transporting his wife, a white woman, across state lines.
The mainstream media complained that the pardon was “105 years too late” stunningly suggesting that Trump could have done more to combat racism 100 years ago.
Anyway, regardless of a petty media narrative that can’t stop for one moment to even provide Trump with neutral coverage, POTUS has been on a roll with his pardons, apparently, announcing this morning that he will be pardoning conservative author and convicted campaign finance law violator Dinesh D’Souza.
D’Souza pled guilty in 2014 to making straw donations to the campaign of his Dartmouth friend, Wendy Long. As he details in his book, Stealing America, he explains how he reimbursed friends for donations to Long’s campaign, unaware this was illegal.
While it was indeed illegal, the eight-month sentence of supervised living in California, a $30,000 fine, and mandated psychological counseling, D’Souza explains, were the first time anyone received such a sentence for campaign finance violation. He has always maintained that the move was political retribution for his vocal critique of Obama.
In Stealing America, D’Souza recounts the many bemused reactions from his fellow inmates when he told them why he was locked up with them.
In a tweet on Thursday morning, Trump announced his plans to pardon the author and filmmaker:
D’Souza retweeted the announcement on his own page.