A conservative Trump ally, recently pardoned by President Donald Trump, has been slammed for retweeting Twitter posts with the hashtags #burntheJews and #bringbackslavery.
Right-wing commentator Dinesh D’Souza, who has mocked the survivors of the Parkland, Florida, school shooting and suggested Rosie O’Donnell should be prosecuted for her campaign donations, was pardoned by Trump in May.
D’Souza had been given five years of probation with eight months to be served in a community confinement center—or halfway house—after pleading guilty to a federal charge of making illegal campaign contributions in 2014. D’Souza stated that the charge was politically motivated.
Over the weekend, D’Souza has found himself at the center of a Twitter controversy after tweeting messages that promoted his film Death of a Nation—whose trailer compares Trump to Abraham Lincoln and asks “Which is the party of racism today?”—which contained highly offensive hashtags.
The first tweet shared by D’Souza, which featured the hashtag #burntheJews, was spotted by Twitter users and widely shared.
His claim that he had simply failed to spot the hashtag was not well-received by Twitter, with many users expressing disbelief that the filmmaker could have missed the offensive wording when he shared the message.
D’Souza retweeted another message —this time with the hashtag #bringbackslavery, which was also quickly spotted by social media users who slammed him again for sharing the racist tweet.
Despite the furor, D’Souza took time to hit back at the media, refusing to accept responsibility for the retweets, writing: “Watch these sleazy, unscrupulous leftists try to make a story out of an accidental retweet.”