Is this President Obama’s first political prisoner?

Filmmaker and best-selling author Dinesh D'Souza, a vocal critic of the Obama administration, has been sentenced to eight months in a community confinement center and five years probation after pleading guilty to campaign finance violations, TheBlaze reports. In May, D'Souza pleaded guilty to funneling contributions to Wendy Long's failed campaign for the U.S. Senate by arranging donations through "straw donors". But out of all the people who could have come under scrutiny for this violation, why has D'Souza been one of the few prosecuted? Glenn talked to him on radio this morning about what happened and where he goes from here.

D'Souza was also fined $30,000 and ordered to undergo therapeutic counseling. That last piece of information raised a red flag with Glenn, who asked why counseling was part of his sentence.

"Well, you know, the judge threw out this very remarkable and very suspenseful kind of hearing yesterday. He kept scratching his head and he said, 'Well, you're such a successful guy. You've worked in the White House and you've been a scholar and written all these books and made movies. I don't understand why you would do that'. And I tried to say why I did it. I said, 'Judge, I'm an immigrant. I left all my friends behind. I came to America. When I was at Dartmouth, I had a group of people very close to me who became in a sense more than friends, they almost become became surrogate family of my. One of them is Wendy Long and 25 years later she once for the U.S. senate, and I did this carelessly, foolishly, and I was trying to help her. I had no corrupt motive. I wasn't looking for an appointment. She didn't even know that I was putting in this extra money into her campaign. She was not even aware of it,'" D'Souza said.

"At the end of day I think he thought counseling could help me and I suppose I can't be harmed by it, and I'm happy to do it," he explained.

Why did the government aggressively come after D'Souza when cases like this don't usually end up with such a harsh sentence?

"The Obama Administration is insisting they aren't targeting me. They say they were not selectively prosecuting this guy. Some guy was saying this is a "routine audit:. But interesting, it's a routine audit that produced a single offender: me. And yesterday my attorney said there is not one man in the United States, who has not done what Dinesh D'Souza did who is sitting in prison. And yet this government has been watching this guy over the year, 10 to 16 months, somewhere in that range, in order for doing something with no corrupt intent whatsoever," D'Souza said.

"And what the government did, which I think was sleazy, was they picked the theories of cases, about eight of them I guess, in which people who had exceeded the campaign finance limit did get prison time. But in every single one of those cases there was corruption. In one case someone had done it before. In another case they were trying to buy certain types of appointments or get certain kinds of kickbacks. So what the government did was carefully omit the evidence of corruption from the description of the legal cases to fool the judge into thinking that this was normal to send people like me to prison, but the scheme didn't work. The judge saw through it. So the government tried to send me to prison and a federal judge, a Democratic appointee, looked him in the eye and basically said no," he added.

Overall, D'Souza was optimistic about the outcome of the sentencing. He will be able to continue his work in films and books, which he believes will be critical in the buildup to the 2016 Presidential election.

"I feel right now that the U.S. government made an attempt to really knock me down for the count. And they would have," D'Souza said. "I was worried that this would actually immobilize me from my work. But happily, with what I have now, a fair penalty for what I did, I'll be able to pay my debt to society."

After the interview, Glenn warned the audience that what happened to D'Souza could happen to any political opponent of those in power.

"He was targeted. But this is something we talked about. If you're doing something wrong, they will find out. And it doesn't have to be -- it doesn't have to be intentional. It doesn't have to be anything that big. They will take the smallest thing and they will twist it and make it look horrible," Glenn said.

"[D'Souza's] paying the price. And he's doing it with a glad heart and I think that's great," Glenn said. "And you know what I'm thinking, this is the first real political prisoner that I have seen this president - or this country - do this time around besides those who are journalists."

"Now, this is a little dicey because, you know -- it's not like he's Martin Luther King who is just speaking out. He did something wrong. But this is a political prisoner, make no mistake. He he was only prosecuted, they only found this stuff, because they were going through everything to stop him," Glenn said.

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Shortly after appearing on "The Glenn Beck Radio Program" last Thursday, Los Angeles-based emergency medicine specialist Dr. Simone Gold got a call saying she was fired for speaking out about the efficacy of hydroxychloroquine in a now-banned viral video.

Dr. Gold returned to the radio program Monday to detail exactly what happened, the reason the hospitals gave for her firing, and how they threatened to fire her colleagues as well if she "didn't go quietly."

"Most emergency physicians work at more than one [hospital], as I do, and I've actually been fired from both," she told Glenn. "They told me that I appeared in an embarrassing video, and therefore, I would no longer be welcome to work there ... then they said, if I didn't go quietly and I made a fuss, they would have all the doctors in the group, you know, they'd have to go and they'll get a whole new doctor group."

Dr. Gold said she does not regret speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during the controversial "White Coat Summit" news conference held in Washington, D.C., last week. A video of the news conference quickly went viral on social media before being removed by Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and others for allegedly making false claims related to COVID-19.

"Bring it on," she said. "I want to continue to live in America. I want my children to continue to live in America. I don't want them to grow up in a place like China. When you get to a point where, not only can I not speak as a scientist, as a doctor, for what I know to be absolutely true, but you then want to cancel me and my colleagues, this is not okay. I would much rather fight than not fight ... and I want everybody to know that there are literally millions and millions of Americans who are on our side. Millions. I believe it's the majority."

Glenn then asked Dr. Gold to weigh in on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's new guidelines encouraging schools to reopen in the fall and the left's relentless drive to keep them closed.

"There's no actual scientific debate whatsoever if schools should open. None. There's no scientific debate. There's no serious person who thinks schools shouldn't open. Now, [through] some governors and policy makers, there's pressure being brought to bear on school districts, but there's no actual scientific debate. So it's going to come down to parents pressuring their local school districts to act in a responsible fashion."

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Fox News host Greg Gutfeld joined Glenn on "The Glenn Beck Podcast" this week to talk about his new book, "The Plus: Self-Help for People Who Hate Self-Help."

Greg admits he is probably the last person who should write a self-help book. Nevertheless, he offers his offbeat advice on how to save America during what has become one of the most tumultuous times in history, as well as drinking while tweeting (spoiler: don't do it).

He also shares his "evolution" on President Donald Trump, his prediction for the election, and what it means to be an agnostic-atheist.

In this clip, Greg shares what he calls his "first great epiphany" on how dangerous cancel culture has become.

"I believe that cancel culture is the first successful work-around of the First Amendment," he said. "Because freedom of speech doesn't protect me from my career being ruined, my livelihood being destroyed, or me getting so depressed I commit suicide. Cancel culture is the first successful work-around of freedom of speech. It can oppress your speech with the scepter of destruction. We don't have freedom of speech anymore."

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Dr. Simone Gold joined Glenn Beck on the radio program Thursday to set the record straight about hydroxychloroquine -- what it is, how it works, and the real reason for all the current controversy surrounding a centuries-old medication.

Dr. Gold is a board certified emergency physician. She graduated from Chicago Medical School before attending Stanford University Law School. She completed her residency in emergency medicine at Stony Brook University Hospital in New York, and worked in Washington D.C. for the Surgeon General, as well for the chairman of the Committee on Labor and Human Resources. She works as an emergency physician on the front lines, whether or not there is a pandemic, and her clinical work serves all Americans from urban inner city to suburban and the Native American population. Her legal practice focuses on policy issues relating to law and medicine.

She is also the founder of America's frontline doctors, a group of doctors who have been under attack this week for speaking out about hydroxychloroquine during a news conference held outside the U.S. Supreme Court in Washington D.C.

On the program, Dr. Gold emphasized that the controversy over hydroxychloroquine is a "complete myth."

"Hydroxychloroquine is an analogue or a derivative of quinine, which is found in tree bark. It's the most noncontroversial of medications that there is," she explained.

"It's been around for centuries and it's been FDA-approved in the modern version, called hydroxychloroquine, for 65 years. In all of that time, [doctors] used it for breast-feeding women, pregnant women, elderly, children, and immune compromised. The typical use is for years or even decades because we give it mostly to RA, rheumatoid arthritis patients and lupus patients who need to be on it, essentially, all of their life. So, we have extensive experience with it ... it's one of the most commonly used medications throughout the world."

Dr. Gold told Glenn she was surprised when the media suddenly "vomited all over hydroxychloroquine", but initially chalked it up to the left's predictable hatred for anything President Donald Trump endorses. However, when the media gave the drug Remdesivir glowing reviews, despite disappointing clinical trial results, she decided to do some research.

"[Remdesivir] certainly wasn't a fabulous drug, but the media coverage was all about how fabulous it was. At that moment, I thought that was really weird. Because it's one thing to hate hydroxychloroquine because the president [endorsed] it. But it's another thing to give a free pass to another medicine that doesn't seem that great. I thought that was really weird, so I started looking into it. And let me tell you, what I discovered was absolutely shocking," she said.

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According to the mainstream media's COVID-19 narrative, the president is "ignoring" the crisis.

On tonight's "Glenn TV" special, Glenn Beck exposes the media's last four months of political theater that has helped shape America's confusion and fear over coronavirus. And now, with a new school year looming on the horizon, the ongoing hysteria has enormous ramifications for our children, but the media is working overtime to paint the Trump administration as anti-science Neanderthals who want to send children and teachers off to die by reopening schools.

Glenn fights back with the facts and interviews the medical doctor Big Tech fears the most. Dr. Simone Gold, founder of America's Frontline Doctors, stands up to the media's smear campaign and explains why she could no longer stay silent in her fight against coronavirus fear.

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