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Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Welcome to “This Week In Crazy,” The National Memo’s weekly update on the wildest attacks, conspiracy theories, and other loony behavior from the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five

5. Glenn Beck

Right-wing author and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza dodged prison time this week, when a federal judge sentenced him to five years of probation and a $30,000 fine for illegally using straw donors to violate campaign finance law in 2012.

By most accounts, D’Souza got off easy (he faced up to two years in jail). But as you may not be shocked to learn, Glenn Beck disagrees.

During a Tuesday interview with Beck, D’Souza revived his conspiracy theory that the White House unfairly targeted him (even though he’s admitted his guilt).

“I think a lot of it goes back to my understanding of the character of Obama,” D’Souza said.

“I don’t have to speculate that he doesn’t like me, I know that,” D’Souza continued, “and it’s hard for me to believe that [the government was] treating me normally, like any other guy who did this.”

Beck couldn’t agree more. According to him, D’Souza is a “political prisoner” — even though he completely dodged prison time.

“This is a political prisoner, make no mistake,” Beck lamented. “He was only prosecuted, they only found this stuff because they were going through everything to stop him. And it’s sick. It’s really sick”