The Inevitable Defense of Dinesh D’Souza

As anyone could have predicted, Dinesh D’Souza’s right wing pals are rushing to his defense, accusing the Obama administration of launching a “purge” of those who have criticized him. Alex Jones, naturally, threw in a gratuitous and ridiculous Nazi comparison.

Matt Drudge tweeted that the indictments against D’Souza and former Republican Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell are evidence that Attorney General Eric Holder is “unleashing the dogs” on “Obama critics.”

In a panicked video headlined “Emergency: Obama Launches Purge” posted on his YouTube channel last night, conspiracy theorist Alex Jones told viewers that “America is going over the edge,” adding, “I actually am scared.” According to Jones, the charges against former Gov. McDonnell are “trumped up garbage” (for what it’s worth, conservatives like Byron York disagree, labeling the details “ugly, sordid, damning”).

Pointing to the supposed persecution of D’Souza, Jones claimed that the administration is engaged in much worse behavior and warned, “The issue is here, they can find a mistake in your checking account and claim that it was fraud or wire fraud. They can do it to anybody.” According to Jones, “this is like Nazi Germany” and “once they’re done with these guys, they’re coming after you and I.”

The description posted on Jones’ YouTube channel explains that this is an “Emergency Alert!!!,” adding “This is it, we are in deep shit! If they get away with this they will come for all of us, that’s how it works!!!” D’Souza has appeared on Jones’ program to promote his movie.

That is a repeat from every day of Alex Jones’ entire adult life.

On her radio show this morning, Fox contributor Laura Ingraham claimed that “we are criminalizing political dissent in the United States of America. Welcome to the Brave New World of retribution justice.” Ingraham argued that D’Souza is one of the “most effective critics” of the Obama administration, and that the charges are “so transparent.” The indictment “is more about stifling political dissent and intimidating other people from speaking out than it is about any real serious allegation of wrongdoing,” per Ingraham. Ingraham is close friends with Wendy Long, and hosted a fundraiser for Long with D’Souza.

D’Souza and Ingraham were college sweethearts and, along with Long, worked on the conservative student newspaper the Dartmouth Review. But D’Souza’s attorney has all but admitted that the allegations are true, but that he didn’t have any bad intent:

“Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,” his lawyer, Benjamin Brafman, said in a statement. “He and the candidate have been friends since their college days, and at most, this was an act of misguided friendship by D’Souza.”

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  • raven

    Oh gee, I almost forgot.

    For any xians who lost (again) their laminated excuses card handed out in church, here they are:

    It’s a false flag operation

    Atheists do it too

    You can’t prove he was a xian

    He wasn’t a True xian

    Don’t bother trying to pick one. Use them all.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    “Mr. D’Souza did not act with any corrupt or criminal intent whatsoever,”

    Reminds me of the great line from Ray Wylie Hubbard’s “conversation with the devil”

    He asked me, “what about all the whiskey and cocaine?”

    And I said, “Yeah, but that’s no reason to throw me in hell. I didn’t use the cocaine to get high, I just liked the way it smells.”

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    …D’Souza is one of the “most effective critics” of the Obama administration…

    Ahh. That explains so much.

  • keithb

    Ken at popehat kind of implies that this is a politically based prosecution, but concludes that it would be hard to prove:

    http://www.popehat.com/2014/01/24/what-dinesh-dsouza-would-have-to-prove-to-establish-unconstitutional-selective-prosecution/

    And given what his attorney’s say here, it looks like this might be his defense.

  • colnago80

    One thing is clear. If this case goes to trial, given what Brafman charges, D’Souza will be a lot poorer then he is now.

  • sh3baproject

    logic: because when there is legit proof that a republican is corrupt as shit,right wingers will cry wolf.

    wonder if they would think the same way if a republican president hired a gunman to kill a democrat. i know the answer though.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sh3baproject,

    1. Defend D’souza.

    2. Defend Christie.

    Discuss.

  • Alverant

    “this was an act of misguided friendship”

    How well would this fly if someone was holding what turned out to be a bag of weed “for a friend”?

  • Michael Heath

    Matt Drudge has repeatedly used the indictment to promote Dinesh D’Souza’s movie defaming President Obama.

    Mr. Drudge doesn’t have the movie poster up right now. I wished I’d clicked on it when it was up to see if Drudge was collecting ad revenue from his featuring it.

  • http://timgueguen.blogspot.com timgueguen

    And of course if it was a Democrat of Indian descent who was in trouble we’d see a bunch of veiled racism from the very same loudmouths.

  • pocketnerd

    Admit it, you wicked liberal homofascists! Obama is persecuting D’Souza and McDonnell just because they’re Republicans who merely happen to have broken the law deliberately and repeatedly!

  • LightningRose

    “Welcome to the Brave New World of retribution justice.”

    Well, it might just be Obama’s lack of experience, but if I were him I’d pick a target who hadn’t wasted $20K on a loser.

  • machintelligence

    Given all of the totally legal ways there are to dump unlimited amounts of money into political campaigns, you have to be monumentally stupid or ignorant to manage to find one that is still illegal.

  • http://www.themindisaterriblething.com shripathikamath

    Wait, didn’t Ted Nugent say that were Obama to be re-elected he’d either be in jail or dead?

  • Wylann

    machineintelligence: There’s no rule that says he can’t be both…..

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    And while I’m here:

    Welcome to the Brave New World of retribution justice.

    …says someone who never read it.

  • sh3baproject

    modusoperandi

    there is legit evidence that he came up with a straw donor scheme which caused the campaign comittee to falsily report to the FEC. now i really dont care for this,as i am working on a story(dont worry,nothing pertaining to politics). i am not fond of taking things at face value,but i would rather trust someone with some knowledge then a wacko who thinks a dead enlightnent era society somehow controls the world.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sh3baproject “modusoperandi there is legit evidence that he came up with a straw donor scheme which caused the campaign comittee to falsily report to the FEC.”

    Balderpucky! Money is speech. He simply got others to speak for him, with their money, promising to pay them back with more speech. Speech made of money. It’s all legit (if not, it soon will be).

  • sh3baproject

    modusoperansi so by your logic,he spoke with them through puppets?

    in any case it was a very interesring puppet show.

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Jones is right. This IS just like the Nazis.

    Remember the famous “Night of the Long Forms” when Hitler checked everyone’s bank statements and threw anyone who donated to the Communists into concentration camps?

  • M can help you with that.

    sh3baproject —

    I can’t tell if you’ve noticed or not, but you’re talking (arguing? disagreeing?) with a FtB commenter best known for his thread-winning one-liners. It sounds like you might be responding a bit too literally.

  • sh3baproject

    i had a feeling it was something like that. kinda didnt think about though. hes got talent. great talent.

  • http://mostlyrational.net tacitus

    @4:keithb:Ken at popehat kind of implies that this is a politically based prosecution, but concludes that it would be hard to prove. And given what his attorney’s say here, it looks like this might be his defense

    That, and the “go easy on me, it was a simple mistake” defense, no doubt angling for a plea of some kind. I suspect D’Souza will go for a non-custodial plea rather than take the risk of fighting it out in court, given the risk to his liberty. His PR and the right-wing noise machines will ensure that he will sustain very little damage to his reputation in right-wing circles even if he has to plead guilty.

    More generally, if this is a politically based prosecution, then clearly that’s bad, but D’Souza only has people like himself to blame, given the conservative-driven push toward authoritarian law and order solutions over the last quarter-century. He’s now getting a taste of the same medicine that’s been routinely dished out to millions of Americans. One would how he would see the light after all this, but somehow I doubt it.

  • http://www.themindisaterriblething.com shripathikamath

    D’inesh and Coultergeist were post college sweethearts. For a couple of dates.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    sh3baproject “i had a feeling it was something like that. kinda didnt think about though. hes got talent. great talent.”

    Whatever you read in to it, I think my initial post was encouraging a comparison to their reaction to one of their own “being bullied” and one of their own being a bully; the only commonality being a defense of their own Tribe, no matter what happens.

  • ehmm

    To suggest this is politically based persecution is to give D’Souza way more credibility and influence than he has ever had. He’s good at the “red meat for the base” stuff but he’s not exactly the person who will really sway anyone who isn’t already well to the right of center.

    Also, election fraud is pretty weak as far a frame up goes. When I’m Dictator some day, anyone who even looks at me sideways will have the cops land on their doorstep with a warrant. In the basement or the trunk of the car they’ll find, I dunno, 10 kilos of heroin, a dismembered body, illegal pornography maybe. It all depends what mood I’m in.

  • had3

    He “did not act with corrupt nor criminal intent.” Wtf? He accidentally had others launder money to a candidate because he thought that would be legitimate? When one hides actions that are illegal, it’s a bit disingenuous to say those actions were without criminal intent. I do love the irony of his being held out as one of the smart ones and then relying on the defense that he’s not smart after all.

  • Dave Maier

    24: “Coultergeist”

    Ha, that’s a good one — I’m stealing it. Thanks shripathikamath!

  • dingojack

    “But D’Souza’s attorney has all but admitted that the allegations are true, but that he didn’t have any bad intent:”

    ‘He accidentally fell on the knife – twenty-seven times

    @@

    Dingo

  • eric

    ehmmm:

    To suggest this is politically based persecution is to give D’Souza way more credibility and influence than he has ever had.

    I totally agree. Pretty much every governor or former governor gets investigated at some point, and this investigation found evidence on D’Souza while they were doing it. I’m sure he wasn’t even on the prosecution’s radar.

    had3:

    He “did not act with corrupt nor criminal intent.” Wtf?

    I agree here too. It is hard to imagine any scenario where a person goes to an employee and says “here is $500. Donate it to Governor McDonnell under your name for me, please” without criminal intent. A person who has no criminal intent would never even think to do that.

  • http://polrant@blogspot.com democommie

    “i had a feeling it was something like that. kinda didnt think about though. hes got talent. great talent.”

    No, a lot of us have, to varying amounts, “talent”.

    Modusoperandi IS talent.

    After an appropriate period of mourning, the late Modusoperandi (May Allah bless his name and keep him alive and kickin’ for a long, long time) will be canonized as, St. Modus, the Patron Saint of Snarkliciousness.