Pueblo County Republicans will feature political pundit, best-selling author, filmmaker and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza as its headline speaker at its annual Lincoln Dinner next month.
D’Souza, no stranger to raising eyebrows, most recently caught criticism from across the web and the political spectrum for a tweet following the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting.
“Worst news since their parents told them to get summer jobs,” he said referencing the reaction of several students after the Florida legislature voted down a measure to ban so-called assault weapons.
The Conservative Political Action Conference called the tweet “indefensible.” They have hosted D’Souza as a speaker in the past. Meghan McCain also slammed the tweet.
“Is the fact that you’re a felon voluntary or involuntary? Just want to alas, double check,” she wrote.
Later, D’Souza tweeted that he was “truly sorry” for the tweet and that it was aimed at “media manipulation.”
D’Souza was slapped with a felony conviction in 2014 for using straw donors to make $20,000 in campaign contributions to Senate candidate Wendy Long in 2012. He was sentenced to eight months in a California halfway house and five years of probation.
Daily Beast writer Andrew Kirell wrote in February that D’Souza has become “more and more unhinged” over the past year:
“Over the past year, D’Souza has: suggested the Charlottesville white-supremacist rally (which led to the murder of an anti-racism protester) was a “staged event” designed to make the right look bad; shared a meme calling former President Barack Obama a “gay Muslim” and suggesting Michelle Obama is a man; started a conspiracy theory that the media covered up Las Vegas gunman Stephen Paddock’s background as an anti-Trump activist (he wasn’t); used a photo of a grieving military widow—despite her protests—to attack football players kneeling during the national anthem; and defended Adolf Hitler, who sent thousands of gay people to death camps, as being ‘NOT anti-gay.’”
D’Souza has appeared at Republican events in Colorado before, including an address he gave to a state GOP fund-rasier in 2011.
“This is an incredible opportunity to talk with one of this country’s great truth-tellers,” Pueblo County Republicans wrote of its upcoming event, which is running attendees between $75 and $100.
Sponsoring a table costs $1,250.
Last year’s speakers at the dinner were Americhicks Kim Monson and Molly Vogt, of KDMT 1690 AM radio.