Conservative filmmaker and convicted felon Dinesh D’ Souza used today’s Martin Luther King Jr. remembrance to note what he called an “interesting parallel” between his life and that of the late civil rights leader.
Writing on Twitter, D’Souza declared, “AN INTERESTING PARALLEL: MLK was targeted by J. Edgar Hoover, an unsavory character; I was targeted by the equally unsavory B. Hussein Obama.”
D’Souza’s mention of the president ‘targeting’ him is in reference to his recent trial and sentencing after pleading guilty to making illegal campaign contributions to New York Republican Wendy Long in her quest to unseat incumbent Senator Kirsten Gillibrand in 2012.
The conservative D’Souza admitted to using “straw donors” to funnel $20,000 to Long’s unsuccessful campaign, resulting in a judge ordering him to pay a $30,000 fine, giving him five years probation, and sentencing him to serve eight months in a community confinement center in addition to attending weekly therapy sessions.
D’Souza initially claimed he was innocent — calling his indictment part of a conspiracy to harass him because of his criticism of the president — but eventually admitted his guilt after negotiating a plea bargain to lesser charges.
Quick to note that, unlike D’Souza, King was arrested and spent time incarcerated where he wrote his famous “Letter from a Birmingham Jail,” people on Twitter immediately began mocking D’Souza on Twitter, creating the hashtag #aninterestingparallel.
While some sarcastic tweets were directed back to D’Souza, others noted ‘interesting parallels’ with the Rev. King in their own lives.
A sampling below:
@DineshDSouza You really are today’s Martin Luther King. Perfect analogy.
— Michael Ian Black (@michaelianblack) January 19, 2015
.@DineshDSouza 1. You’re a convicted, admitted felon. 2. MLK improved the lives of millions. 3. Obama doesn’t even think about you.
— Ted Gideonse (@gideunz) January 19, 2015
@DineshDSouza in this paranoid, narcissistic fantasy of yours, when do you get shot?
— terrible man (@gloryhole_abyss) January 19, 2015
You really are a stupid man. @DineshDSouza
— Gus (@Gus_802) January 19, 2015
— Jesse Berney (@jesseberney) January 19, 2015
.@DineshDSouza This is literally the dumbest thing I will read on Twitter this week.
— Je Suis FreedomFries (@Unwan7ed) January 19, 2015
MLK marched to Montgomery. I was in Montgomery Wards once in March. #aninterestingparallel
— Tina Dupuy (@TinaDupuy) January 19, 2015
— Rick Strandlof (@RickStrandlof) January 19, 2015
Or: MLK wrote a letter from Birmingham jail. I wrote a letter on Birmingham Hilton stationery. #aninterestingparallel
— The Rude Pundit (@rudepundit) January 19, 2015
— Marina Stern (@doughtywench) January 19, 2015