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Dinesh D'Souza, the conservative commentator and provocateur, was last in the news for receiving a pardon from President Trump, though he still says odd things on Fox News. Over the weekend, D'Souza tried to leverage his eight months in a federal correctional center to lend authority to the bizarre, evidently Trump-endorsed conspiracy theory that the Clintons might be responsible for Jeffrey Epstein's suicide.
Taking on the Obama-Clinton gang is a health hazard. When I was in federal confinement for eight months, I was more afraid of something like this—drugs “found” in my locker, an “apparent” suicide—than I was of the murderers, rapists & gang members who were my fellow inmates
— Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) August 10, 2019
Twitter wasn't having it. Some commentators said if you're going to chase conspiracy theories, the sitting president — whose Justice Department was in charge of Epstein in prison — had pretty close ties to the late alleged sex trafficker, and others said D'Souza was mostly reminding people he is a convicted felon (he pleaded guilty to campaign finance violations in 2014). Some people noted that D'Souza actually survived his incarceration unharmed, undermining his case, while others pointed out that he hardly served hard time.
Dinesh went to prison like Epstein went to prison in 2008: "D’Souza, 53, was ordered by U.S. District Judge Richard Berman in Manhattan to live in a center, which would allow him to leave during non-residential hours for employment"
— Ned Pyle (@NerdPyle) August 10, 2019
D'Souza conceded that point when someone dared him to admit he served time "in prison," and that didn't go well for his argument, either:
Well, if "Confinement centers are not prison", how come you had "murderers, rapists & gang members" as fellow inmates then?
— Jorge Teixeira (@JorgeCVTeixeira) August 10, 2019
And when one replier tweeted, "It blows my mind this guy has an audience," D'Souza chose to respond again.
my favorite thing about this guy is how he somehow thinks he's important enough to be suicided by the state, yet he still replies to people who "languish in total obscurity" on his twitter feed. delusion with a microphone.
— Harry Cherry (@yourfriendnickb) August 10, 2019
Twitter is no place for thin skin.