Disgraced GOP’er Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to violating campaign finance law earlier this year, is having some trouble promoting his new movie, America: Imagine the World Without Her, In fact, things are so difficult for the halfway house-bound embodiment of Republican glory that he finds it necessary to blatantly lie about who is helping him with promotions. In this case, two NBA teams have been victimized by an unwanted false association with D’Souza.
Deadspin reported that D’Souza announced something exciting: That his movie would be featured on the Jumbotron at a Sacramento Kings game.
Deadspin questioned the legitimacy of D’Souza’s claim. As Salon points out, the movie attempts to dispel numerous “lies” most sane people would not want to be involved with challenging: ” First, that the genocide of Native Americans happened in relation to the conquest of their land; second, that African slave labor was exploited to build the American economy; third, that Mexican territories were conquered to form the U.S. Southwest; fourth, that U.S. wars abroad have involved imperial motives; fifth, that capitalism is bad. He goes to the trouble of listing these myths in text on what appears to be a massive parchment-esqe Powerpoint slide, and the structure of the film is a methodical treatment of each in turn.”
The publication asked for verification, and received a response indicating that D’Souza was blatantly lying: “The Kings have absolutely no affiliation with this promotion. Anyone claiming to have our support is fabricating our involvement for their own benefit.”
The organization was unaware of this promotion until we viewed the erroneous tweets including an unauthorized use of our logo. We did not authorize utilization of the Kings brand in any way and the team is not associated with the promotion.
Mr. D’Souza did not purchase time on the Sleep Train Arena jumbotron. If he claims otherwise, it’s a false representation.
Mr. D’Souza is in the process of removing the fraudulent tweets, if he hasn’t already.
After being caught in his blatant fabrication, D’Souza did what anyone would in his situation: he tried again, replacing one team name with another.
D’Souza later sent out a new tweet, claiming that his film would be featured on the Jumbotron at a Philadelphia 76ers game.
Deadspin again reached out to the team D’Souza was victimizing. The 76ers replied:
Thank you for reaching out and bringing to my attention.
We have zero affiliation and no plans related to this in any way, shape or form at our home opener tomorrow night. Any claim to that indicates otherwise is false.
We will notify the NBA immediately to make sure they are aware that the Sixers are the second team to be used in such a manner.
This is an example of the legal system failing us. Since getting off light for his crimes, D’Souza has decided to simply continue acting in a manner that all but the most conservative of conservatives would consider unethical.