Glenn Beck: Unimprisoned Dinesh D’Souza Is A Political Prisoner

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After conservative author Dinesh D’Souza received five years of probation for violating campaign finance laws and avoided prison time, Glenn Beck deemed him a “political prisoner” of the Obama administration.

Over a 10-minute interview, Beck glossed over the story of D’Souza’s crime itself and attempted to detect the hand of Obama in the prosecution.

“It’s been a traumatic event, I won’t deny it,” D’Souza said. “I think a lot of it goes back to my understanding of the character of Obama,” he added, before going on to talk about Kenya.

After D’Souza jumped off the line, Beck offered his take.

“Now, this is a little dicey because, it’s not like he’s Martin Luther King who was just speaking out—he did something wrong—but this a political prisoner, make no mistake,” he said.

“And it’s sick. It’s really sick,” Beck said.

Though D’Souza avoided actual jail time, part of his sentencing includes serving eight months at a community confinement center, where D’Souza acknowledged he is “free to come and go.”

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  1. OK, the guy is not in the hoosgow, Right? Soooo, he’s not prisoner (looks over his glasses at Glenn Beck), is he Mr Beck?

  2. Avatar for theod theod says:

    The Prosecution Complex runs deep in the right-wing psyche. In other words, they are nuts.

  3. One, Mr. Beck clearly needs a dictionary. Two, No Mr. D’Souza you being accused of, put on trial, found guilty of a crime, and sentenced has nothing to do with President Obama’s character. It’s how the legal system should work.

  4. Do you know how hard it is to run afoul of campaign finance laws now? There are sooooo few left and most are easily circumvented.

    D’Souza is an idiot.

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