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Trump to Pardon Dinesh D’Souza ‘83

The NYT reports:

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Politico is asserting that D’Souza’s pardon is a signal to members of the Trump campaign staff and administration that Trump will have their back in the event that Robert Mueller’s investigation leads to convictions and jail time.

Addendum: A senior faculty member comments:

We should be concerned that Dartmouth is frequently mentioned in connection with the likes of Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham. This reinforces many people’s conviction that Dartmouth is an incubator of right-wingers.

Addendum: A longtime reader comments:

Dartmouth should be proud to claim the likes of Dinesh D’Souza and Laura Ingraham as alumni, unless, of course, the College is not interested in viewpoint inclusiveness and diversity.

Addendum: The senior faculty member responds:

During the height of controversy over the Vietnam War, the College was known as having the most conservative student body of the Ivy League (despite the Parkhurst events). Dartmouth students used to vote largely Republican. That has changed, and our undergraduate political complexion now more closely matches our peer schools. But the many transitions of the 70s and 80s spawned the Review and the likes of D’Souza and Ingraham. Call it political diversity, but the lingering reputation doesn’t help us with many prospective progressive students and their parents. Is this one reason why, as you have so well and frequently pointed out, Admissions since Kim has had to game the system?

Actually, all schools game the admissions process now.

Addendum: The reader replies:

I see the “senior faculty member” has replied, arguing that the College won’t get its fair share of bright, “progressive” applicants if it continues to be identified with antediluvian conservatives like D’Souza and Ingraham. If any applicant cares enough to Duckduckgo events of the past few years at the College, e.g., the BLM library caper, etc., and the administration’s response to same, there should be no confusion about the College’s dominant ethos.

Addendum: A young alumnus writes in (thoughtfully):

In response to the “senior faculty member” and the “longtime reader,” there is nothing wrong with viewpoint inclusiveness and diversity. I imagine there are some extremists who would argue that Dartmouth should be embarrassed by Paul Gigot, but I have yet to meet one. D’Souza, however, is in a different class: he has trafficked in racist memes about former President Obama, advanced the debunked rumor that George Soros was a Nazi collaborator, and promoted wild, unsubstantiated conspiracy theories about both the Neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville and the mass shooting in Las Vegas. I would argue that such activities are as embarrassing to the College as anything that was said to Rick Perry during his infamous visit to campus…more so, in fact, since D’Souza doesn’t have youthful indiscretion to use as an explanation.

By the same token, Ingraham has embarrassed herself in her interactions with David Hogg and her dismissive “shut up and dribble” comments.

There’s nothing for the College to be embarrassed about in having graduated prominent conservative thinkers. Prominent conservatives who don’t appear to think, however, are a different story.


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