A right-wing conservative pundit found himself at the center of criticism and controversy when he attempted to whitewash the deadly series of events that unfolded at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6.
According to The HuffPost, political commentator and Trump enabler Dinesh D'Souza took to Twitter on Monday, May 3, posted the infamous photo of the man carrying House Speaker Nancy Pelosi's (D-Calif) lectern as he attempted to downplay what transpired that day.
"Does this LOOK like an insurrection? A riot? A coup attempt?" D'Souza tweeted. "If it doesn't walk like a duck or talk like a duck then it probably isn't a duck."
D'Souza, a convicted felon who managed to receive a pardon from former President Donald Trump back in 2017, received swift backlash as they refused to allow him to diminish the severity of the deadly incident.As the photo began circulating on social media, the man was identified as Adam Christian Johnson. Like many other members of the pro-Trump mob that stormed the U.S. Capitol, Johnson was hit with a number of charges including "entering a restricted building or grounds without lawful authority, theft of government property, and violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds."
D'Souza did not mention any of the other disturbing photos that offered a look at a different side of the Capitol riots. Those photos included images of the pro-Trump mob "storming the building, smashing property, assaulting police and threatening to harm elected officials."
Twitter users did not let him forget that.
@TheRealHoarse @DineshDSouza Here's John Wayne Gacy on his way to entertain some kids. https://t.co/Njp1HM5f18— Artificial Yacht Club🦩⛵ (@Artificial Yacht Club🦩⛵)1620079218.0
Crimes no longer count if you smile while committing them, checkmate libs. https://t.co/B62qCZGEwH— nikki mccann ramírez (@nikki mccann ramírez)1620072202.0
Looks like Dinesh D'Souza is busy defending January 6th insurrectionists, which is just another reminder that today… https://t.co/NdEB39DoPm— Jake Lobin (@Jake Lobin)1620072538.0
Yes Dinesh, this does look like a riot. https://t.co/tYZHI6TtYX https://t.co/cFuk8uWjnG— Right Wing Cope (@Right Wing Cope)1620069260.0
The guy is literally looting the US Capitol during an illegal breach meant to overturn an election. If he were Blac… https://t.co/7AkAPbfUGj— Mike Rothschild (@Mike Rothschild)1620070332.0
Yes it does. That is a smiling looter I watched them threaten the VP, storm the capitol, beat out windows and door… https://t.co/yV4roaM0WI— Brian J. Karem (@Brian J. Karem)1620081623.0
@DineshDSouza I see a man looting a Capitol breached by a violent mob. That’s... an insurrection, duckboy.— The Hoarse Whisperer (@The Hoarse Whisperer)1620078010.0
D'Souza has not yet responded to the backlash he is facing on Twitter but the responses are continuing to flood his timeline.