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Right-wing expert’s attempt to whitewash the Capitol insurgency backfires

Conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza made critics shake their heads Monday after he tried to whitewash the Jan.6 insurgency on the U.S. Capitol using an image.

D’Souza, a convicted felon who was pardoned by former President Donald Trump in 2018, tweeted a widely shared image of the riot showing a man carrying the Speaker’s lectern.

“Does this sound like an insurgency? Riot? An attempted coup? He asked. “If he doesn’t walk like a duck or talk like a duck, he’s probably not a duck.”

The man, Adam Christian Johnson, was arrested in January and charged with entering a building or restricted land without legal authorization, theft of government property, violent entry and disorderly conduct on Capitol grounds. He was one of hundreds to be indicted for the violent assault on Capitol Hill, led by a pro-Trump mob, which left five people dead.

D’Souza made no mention of the massive stockpile of footage showing these rioters storming the building, destroying property, assaulting police and threatening to harm elected officials.

D’Souza pleaded guilty to campaign finance fraud in 2012 for making an illegal donation to a Republican candidate for the Senate. He is known for making offensive, shocking and racist comments, including mocking survivors of the school shooting and defending Adolf Hitler.

He was criticized Monday by Twitter users for suggesting that insurgents aren’t insurgents just because they smile and wave their hands while doing so.


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