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Everything seemed to be calm and cool on Twitter this morning – that is until conservative troll and activist Dinesh D’Souza slammed President Barack Obama over a photo from his interview with BuzzFeed.

And yes, racism was involved.

The political pundit posted a photo of Obama with a selfie stick from the BuzzFeed shoot alongside the following tweet:

Backlash ensued, as Twitter users defended the president and called out the critic’s criminal past. In 2014, D’Souza was hit with five years probation for violating federal campaign finance laws when he used straw donors during the 2012 election. He also spent eight months in a confinement center and was therefore labeled a convicted felon.

D’Souza quickly took back his statements, all while calling Obama supporters “groupies.” While he claimed he knows the president wasn’t raised in the ghetto, he says the statement was meant as a metaphor.

D’Souza’s actions don’t come as a surprise. He’s attacked the president several times in books and film. His 2012 documentary, 2016: Obama’s America was based on his 2010 book releaseThe Roots of Obama’s Rage. The film managed to be the fourth highest grossing documentary since the ’80s and a favorite in conservative circles. His other books include Obama’s America: Unmaking the American Dream, and America: Imagine a World Without Her. 

Out of the 16 books the commentator has published, his book on slavery titled The End of Racism showed his support of…yep, you guessed it–slavery.

Here are some tidbits from the text, courtesy of Vox:

He’s also been shunned by the Republican party due to his thoughts on terrorism in the 2007 release, The Enemy at Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11. D’Souza shocked conservatives when he claimed he agreed with the Islamic views of the U.S. and western culture.

“Yes I would rather go to a baseball game or have a drink with Michael Moore than with the grand mufti of Egypt. But when it comes to core beliefs, I’d have to confess that I’m closer to the dignified fellow in the long robe and prayer beads than to the slovenly fellow with the baseball cap.”

And in case you missed it, D’Souza still doesn’t believe his tweets were racist.

We’ll just leave you with that.


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