Conservative author and filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza took what many are calling a racist jab at President Barack Obama on Wednesday via the social medium Twitter.
D'Souza wrote Wednesday morning:
YOU CAN TAKE THE BOY OUT OF THE GHETTO...Watch this vulgar man show his stuff, while America cowers in embarrassment http://t.co/C9yLG4QoOK— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1424274521.0
The former Reagan administration wunderkind -- who was fired from his position as president of a Christian college in 2012 over an extramarital affair with a much-younger woman -- was chiming in on the current storm of outrage emanating from the right regarding the president's lighthearted "selfie stick" video for BuzzFeed.
When he began to receive angry tweets and messages that calling the president a "boy" from the "ghetto" might easily be construed as racist, D'Souza replied that he was speaking "metaphorically."
I know Obama wasn't actually raised in a ghetto--I'm using the term metaphorically, to suggest his unpresidential conduct— Dinesh D'Souza (@Dinesh D'Souza)1424276396.0
Twitter users responded skeptically.
@DineshDSouza Ah, yes. A metaphor for “I’m a racist.”— Ari Kohen (@Ari Kohen)1424276857.0
Felons say the darndest things ... D'Souza On Obama: 'You Can Take The Boy Out Of The Ghetto...' @TPM http://t.co/YtaMJjWt6k— Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷) (@Joy WE VOTED!! WEAR A MASK!! Reid 😷))1424278707.0
@DineshDSouza the fact that you called him a "boy" is far more offensive— A (@A)1424276899.0