I don't want to turn this into a lengthy screed about what an unpleasant, racist Dinesh D'Souza is. Given he has consigned himself to a life of trolling people on Twitter and directing hateful propaganda films, D'Souza lives in a hell of his own making, and I'm quite happy to leave him there.
D'Souza's tweets however, do provide interesting insight into the thinking of the most ardent Trump sycophant, and for that reason he is worth keeping a tab on. Take for example, his tweet yesterday urging the president to fire Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein, the man who appointed Robert Mueller to lead the Russia investigation:
D'Souza's tweet seems to be partially in response to a picture retweeted by Trump early yesterday morning depicting Rosenstein, amongst other Trump enemies, in jail:
[Note: Trump doubled down on this today arguing Rosenstein should be in jail because "he never should have picked a special counsel"]
In conservative cuckoo land, The Mueller probe is a total hoax, so it stands to reason that Trump should fire Rosenstein. Dinesh D'Souza spends several hours a day tweeting about this, fueling the Red Hats who are demanding blood. Here's the thing: D'Souza isn't a stupid man, and he knows exactly why Trump isn't firing Rosenstein.
For all his bluster and bravado, Trump is a weak man who hasn't got the courage of his convictions. He refuses to fire his staff face to face, slobbered all over Vladimir Putin after US intelligence agencies told him Russia hacked the US election in 2016, and believes bravery consists of giving tax cuts to billionaires and tear gassing the most vulnerable people on earth.
While Trump has the authority to fire Rosenstein, he understands the political consequences of doing so. It is a line in the sand he shown no real inclination to cross, and for good reason.
Trump refused to do it before the midterms, knowing full well it could have made the blowout even worse than it turned out to be, and he is content to tweet idiotic memes rather than take action now the Democrats control the House. The majority of Americans do not believe Trump should fire Rosenstein, and his own party has warned him on many occasions that doing so would be political suicide.
One of the crimes Trump has almost certainly committed and could be held accountable for is obstruction of justice. He quite literally confessed to firing FBI director James Comey because of the Russia probe, and should he fire Rosenstein, the man responsible for overseeing Mueller's investigation, it would, as incoming chairman of the House Intelligence Committee,Adam Schiff stated, constitute "exhibit B in the obstruction of justice case against him". Now that the Democrats have the power of subpoena and can launch almost limitless investigations into Trump's potential criminal activity, firing Rosenstein would open the floodgates for the mother of all legal battles.
D'Souza and other vaguely sentient Trump conservatives know this full well, but are simply performing their roles as sycophantic loyalists. By continually smearing Rosenstein and calling for the president to fire him, they aim to delegitimize him the Mueller probe -- the only real strategy they have left.
As Bob Cesca points out in his excellent Members Only piece this week, it appears Mueller really could be about to check mate Trump on perjury charges. D'Souza clearly understands this and is beginning to lose his cool. His twitter feed reflects the desperation many Trump conservatives now feel as the walls around the president continue to close.
In his tweet, D'Souza asked the president, "what do you know that we don't?"
The answer, of course, is obvious.