Right-wing author Dinesh D'Souza, whose new book The Big Lie purports to expose "the Nazi roots of the American left," was officially invited to the White House this week to talk with top Trump political strategist Steve Bannon.
In a hastily deleted Twitter posted on Friday, D'Souza boasted that he "stopped by the White House to brief Steve Bannon and [Trump aide Sebastian Gorka] on how Trump can flip the accusation of fascism on the Democratic left."
He then posted a photo of himself and Bannon standing together, with Bannon holding a copy of the book.
D'Souza, a convicted felon who pleaded guilty in 2014 to making illegal contributions to a 2012 Republican Senate campaign, is the author of several polemical books attacking Democrats and the American left.
In a 2008 book called The Enemy Within, D'Souza claimed that the "cultural left and its allies in Congress, the media, Hollywood, the nonprofit sector, and the universities" were to blame for "the volcano of anger toward America that is erupting from the Islamic world" that led to the September 11 terrorist attacks.