The first tweet shared by D’Souza, which featured the hashtag #burntheJews, was spotted by Twitter users and widely shared, prompting the pundit to respond: “I did not see the hashtag. Just trying to share the trailer on social media.”
“Don’t worry, Dinesh,” one wrote. “Everyone accidentally tweets #burnthejews from their abhorrently racist fans. Could happen to anyone. I’m sure it says nothing about who you attract with your messaging.”
D’Souza, 53, admitted in May 2014 that he illegally reimbursed two “straw donors” who donated $10,000 each to the unsuccessful 2012 U.S. Senate campaign in New York of Wendy Long, a Republican he had known since attending Dartmouth College in the early 1980s.
D'Souza is a conservative author and filmaker who recently sparked controversy suggesting student victims of the Parkland, Florida shooting showed grief that was "politically orchestrated" and "phony & inauthentic."
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Two of his other tweets also led to intense backlash, which he ultimately apologized for.