Dinesh D’Souza IS Martin Luther King, Jr.

We need a new word, one that can adequately represent the act of saying something so gobsmackingly stupid that all you can do when you read or hear it is stare in disbelief. Ladies and gentlemen, I present you with the dumbest thin you will read all day, maybe all year. Hell, maybe in your lifetime. Compliments of Dinesh D’Souza:

Hey, you know who else spent time in jail? Charles Manson. Sirhan Sirhan. Jeffrey Dahmer. #interestingparallel, amirite? And like those men, and unlike Martin Luther King, you actually committed a crime that sent you to jail. That crime you adamantly denied, then “sincerely” admitted to and declared your undying shame at what you’d done and then went right back to claiming was trumped up and unfair. Twitter responded with the kind of humor you would expect:

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

    Is a world where people are judged on the content of their character really what Dinesh D’souza wants?

  • Stevarious, Public Health Problem

    My personal favorite:

    #MLK died supporting striking sanitation workers in Memphis. I used hand sanitizer in Memphis. #aninterestingparallel— Carli Stevenson (@gardengn0me) January 20, 2015

  • Mr Ed

    MLK went to jail therefore everyone in jail is MLK. In the same way that, Carmen Miranda is dead therefore all dead people are Carmen Miranda. Ain’t logic grand

  • Pierce R. Butler

    … unlike Martin Luther King, you actually committed a crime that sent you to jail.

    Didn’t King trespass into legally-designated “whites-only” areas, willfully disobey lawful police orders, and otherwise commit actual crimes as defined by applicable statutes?

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Modus, I love you, and I laughed hard, but I gotta give the nod to Terrible Man on this one.

    Wow, that’s truth in advertising on that twitter handle, and yet, and yet, I guess I’m terrible too, b/c I just could not stop laughing…


    As for Mr Ed, we already have that one:

    Dr King went to jail, therefore everyone in jail is Dr King. A mormon is dead, therefore all dead people are mormons, right Romney?

  • fmitchell

    Technically MLK did commit the heinous crime of disobeying police. Now who else in recent memory was punished for disobeying police? (Hint: not Dinesh D’Souza.)

  • http://www.pandasthumb.org Area Man

    I look forward to the Dinesh D’souza holiday we eventually get, where we remember the horrors of what it used to be like when people got caught violating campaign finance laws to which they plead guilty. Three day weekend!

  • http://artk.typepad.com ArtK

    Good grief, that man is stupid. What’s sad are all fools that agree with him.

    Lots of people have been investigated by the FBI and lots of people have been prosecuted by the current DoJ. While some few are likely innocent, I somehow don’t think that D’Souza really wants to draw parallels with some of the others. Like this guy, for instance, or them. #aninterestingparallel

    Godwin’s Law aside, I do like the Hitler analogy in one of the Twitter responses.

  • http://www.ranum.com Marcus Ranum

    (waves a gangsta sign at Dinesh) Yo! Homeboy!

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    @Pierce R Butler:

    Didn’t King trespass into legally-designated “whites-only” areas, willfully disobey lawful police orders, and otherwise commit actual crimes as defined by applicable statutes?

    Yes to the first, I’m not so sure about the 2nd. Were the orders lawful? There’s quite a good argument to be made that, with the exception of removing King from private businesses, they were not.

    But when did King go to jail? The Birmingham Jail letter was written after an arrest for a march that was prohibited by a judge’s order, but that order was clearly unconstitutional. King committed no crime that sent him to that jail.

    Do you have an example of a specific time he was in jail for something that was an actual crime? I certainly believe it’s possible. I’m not denying it happened. I just don’t remember him being arrested for being on private property. The incidents I can bring to mind (availability heuristic, I know, which is why I’m asking for help here) are all incidents of public walking and public expression that was illegally forbidden by local authorities.

    While I’m not asserting that Dr King didn’t spend time in prison/jail for an actual crime he actually committed, I’m not assuming that because he was in jail it was because of the violation of a legit statute like trespass (which could legally be invoked, even under the US Constitution as presently interpreted, absent legislation like the Civil Rights Act 1964, because it was a private property owner/renter that was denying access based on race, and that is not prohibited by the constitution itself…while enforcing the private property owner’s/renter’s exclusion of anyone for whatever legally permissible reason is also not prohibited).

  • caseloweraz

    Ah — Dinesh D’Souza, twittering again.

  • gshelley

    He seems remarkably unhesisitant for someone who is hesitant

    I just noticed that MLK seems to be joining the ranks of Barack Obama and Ronald Reagan in the category of “people who bare little resemblance to the right wing version of themselves”

  • eric

    MLK contributed to political campaigns. DD contributed to political campaigns…twice! Under two different names! Therefore he is twice the man MLK was.

  • lofgren

    Once again I feel left out. I have been telling people that I am really Martin Luther King Jr. for years, and Ed has not once mentioned it.

  • Sastra

    I hesitate to point this out, but Martin Luther King and I were both born on January 15th. We have the same birthday. The SAME ONE. I find that an interesting parallel. I’m excited to CELEBRATE the holiday of our shared beginnings. We 01/15s GOTTA STICK TOGETHER.

    Just saying. YA KNOW?

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    Hey, you know who else spent time in jail?



    Happy belated birthday, Sastra!

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Crip Dyke… @ # 9: Do you have an example of a specific time he was in jail for something that was an actual crime?

    First, a wiggle: I don’t know if entering an area from which you are excluded by reason of any categorization counts, legally, as “trespassing”, now or 50 years ago.

    Second, an excuse: I don’t know that much about King’s life story; I have Taylor Branch’s Parting the Waters and Pillar of Fire on my shelf, but have yet to read either.

    The Wikicheatsheet sayeth:

    … he was swept up in a mass arrest of peaceful demonstrators… King was arrested and jailed early in the [Birmingham bus boycott] campaign—his 13th arrest[100] out of 29.[101]

    Pursuing that footnote #101, I find a mention by Coretta Scott King that

    We commemorate the man who went to jail 29 times to achieve freedom for others…

    with no details provided, and the word “arrest” not used once. Nor do I find that word in the index of Pillar of Fire – but I do see it in Parting the Waters, 18 times (often spanning multiple pages). Not having time to read all of those, here are a few quickly-skimmed excerpts:

    “… You’re under arrest for speeding thirty miles an hour in a twenty-five-mile zone.” (p 160) … charged with loitering (p 240) … Alabama perjury charges (p 276) … income tax charges (p 282) … arrested [in a shopping-center restaurant] under a state anti-trespass law. (p 351) … King became one of some 750 demonstrators arrested there in the past week… … a minor misdemeanor (p 600) … unlawful-parade convictions (p 784)

    Yep, a desperate character, no doubt about it.

  • Crip Dyke, Right Reverend Feminist FuckToy of Death & Her Handmaiden

    Thanks Pierce R Butler.

    I was more curious than anything else. It would be interesting to see the substance of the perjury and income tax charges. If the state anti-trespass law arrest was pre-1964, that was likely a legal arrest for an actual crime. Arrest for a moving violation? Hmmm, I don’t know. I’d have to look at state laws, but normally part of the distinction between a violation and a misdemeanor is that the former does not justify arrest, merely citation.

    As we all figgered, whether he was ever, in fact, arrested for an actual crime of which he was actually guilty, his actual arrest record doesn’t inspire confidence that he engaged in the kind of willful, mendacious, criminal activity of a Dinesh D’Souza.

    Even worse for DD? Dr King set out to do his activities publicly all the while openly protesting unjust law (and unjust misuse of just law). He believed his open defiance would set an example that would bring increased justice. If Dinesh D’Souza had 1/50th the character of a Dr King he would have publicly announced he intended to give money to anyone who gave money to candidate X because he believed campaign limits are unjust and/or illegal.

    Yeah, that bears a passing resemblance to no reality, present or alternate, in which I can believe.

  • hoku

    Maybe you should honor him in the tradition of Bryan FIscher, by giving out a Dinesh D’Souza award for excellence in the field of self glorifying comparisons.

  • dugglebogey

    Seriously, that was the dumbest thing I heard anyone say all day, and I heard a guy ask why we don’t just fly airplanes to Mars since they can already fly….

  • erichoug

    We need a new word, one that can adequately represent the act of saying something so gobsmackingly stupid that all you can do when you read or hear it is stare in disbelief

    Seriously? the answer is staring you in the face. It’s D’Souza.

    As in “Holy crap, that’s a real D’Souza, I don’t even know how to respond”

  • Pierce R. Butler

    Crip Dyke… @ # 17 – Alas, I don’t have time to go digging through Branch’s text for more context.

    I can tell you that, per Branch, the trespass bust was called in by the shopping center manager after King & company had entered several other restaurants in the center, without consequences, and had finally gone up to the 6th floor to the fanciest eatery in the complex.

    And the moving violation arrest occurred during the bus boycott, when King was driving a carload of boycotters and had slowed to a practical crawl after his car was surrounded by police cruisers and motorcycles.

  • http://saltycurrent.blogspot.com SC (Salty Current), OM

    By the way, years after Hitler served time for the Beer Hall Putsch, a brilliant lawyer named Hans Litten interrogated him in court. I knew nothing about Litten until I saw a documentary about him:

    …In 1931, Litten sought to have criminal charges brought against four members of the Nazi party’s Sturmabteilung (SA) paramilitary group after they attacked a dance hall frequented by communists, killing three people.

    Litten called Hitler as a witness, hoping to expose the Nazi party’s deliberate strategy of overthrowing democracy by bringing terror to the streets. Hitler had previously assured middle-class voters that the SA was an organisation dedicated to “intellectual enlightenment”.

    Over three hours in May 1931, this claim was dismantled by Litten’s precise, detailed questioning….

  • Georgia Sam

    To clear the mental palate of the disgusting aftertaste left by D’Souza’s comments, I suggest that we re-read Dr. King’s “Letter from Birmingham Jail.”

  • felidae

    D’Sousa: I’m a lawbreaker who DIDN’T spend time in JAIL

  • http://zenoferox.blogspot.com/ Zeno

    A college president with minimal education (until sacked by the board of trustees); a traditional-values exponent who takes his mistress to a family-values conference; an acclaimed intellectual of the right who cannot understand simple campaign contribution limits; a convicted felon who thinks he’s like Martin Luther King, Jr.

    Good old Dinesh is a real piece of work, isn’t he?

  • screechymonkey

    Ah, Dinesh D’Souza. Honest, forthright, and an important voice in our national conversation. According to Michael Shermer, that is.

  • zbeeblebrox

    After his time in the Big House, I now refer to him as Dinesh D’Felon.

  • grumpyoldfart

    @ SC #22

    Interesting info. Thanks. I’d never heard the name before.

    Full length movie available on You Tube

  • laurentweppe

    When you have political party which reacts to the US president saying “Let’s try to give everyone a living wage, pretty please” as furiously as if he had uttered “Let’s commit class genocide and exterminate the 1% in its entirety from its youngest newborns to its most senile elders” is it surprising to see its pundits unironically proclaiming their own martyrhood?

  • tbp1

    It’s amazing how many right wingers have delusions of grandeur and persecution.

    I can’t imagine that the President feels that D’Souza is even remotely important enough to personally “target.”

  • tvoyumat

    Dinesh G’Souza *is* Martin Luther King in “The Story of Joan of Arc”! With: Joe Don Baker! Mike Huckabee! Megan Fox! Featuring Sarah Palin as Joan! Glenn Beck as the King of the Mountain! ”

    “Mike, kill me now please?”

    “Sorry Crow, it’ll be over, someday.”

  • laurentweppe

    It’s amazing how many right wingers have delusions of grandeur and persecution.

    On the contrary: mixing delusions of grandeur with persecution complexes is perfectly logical:

    I’m so great everyone should want Me to be in charge… But I’m not, therefore the only possible explanation is that a perfidious cabal of untermenschen is working in the shadows to undermine me from achieving the glorious position that I deserve.“: it’s not like D’Souza was difficult to read.

  • http://myeckblog.blogspot.com/ myeck waters

    Ticketed for doing 30 in a 25 zone? Here in New Jersey that will get you rear-ended.

  • Carl

    My favorite part is that, in order to fit within Twitter’s character limit, he abbreviates “Barack” so he can still get the “Hussein” in.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Dinesh D’Sozzled: putting ever more Twit in Twitter when Dawkins is busy elsewhere.

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    Carl: that’s not for brevity, it’s to emphasize his Ay-Rab furriner status. Just like all those birthers and other bigots who call him things like “bHUSSEINo”.