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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Texas Democratic gubernatorial nominee Robert Francis "Beto" O’Rourke's disgusting and obviously-staged political stunt during a press conference about the Robb Elementary School massacre is just another of the many ways the man is "human trash," Glenn Beck and Stu Burguiere agreed on the radio program Thursday.

"Beto is human trash. He is scum. He is the scum of the earth, the lowest form of humanity our society can produce," Stu said in response to a video clip of O'Rourke heckling Gov. Greg Abbott in the middle of an update on the tragic mass killing in Uvalde. "This was obviously staged from the beginning ... clearly planned. Even CBS News pointed it out it was blatantly a staged event. And this guy [O'Rourke], because he wants more power and more money, decided that this event was about him. He wanted to make the [deaths] of 19 children and teachers all about Beto O'Rourke because he is human scum. He is the worst form of life imaginable on this Earth."

Democrats like O'Rourke have been quick to use the tragic deaths of 19 children to advance their own pro-gun law political agendas, particularly "red flag" laws that would empower courts to take guns away from "potentially dangerous" people

"You want a solution? Stop selling AR-15s in the state of Texas. You want a solution? Have universal background checks. We don't have them. You want a solution? Red flag laws or extreme risk protection orders, which stop a shooting before it happens," O'Rourke shouted after being escorted out of the press conference.

Glenn wasn't buying O'Rourke's "righteous indignation," especially as his own resurfaced writings qualify as the "ultimate red flag for any red flag law." As a teen, O'Rourke wrote about hacking, overthrowing the government, and, most disturbingly, murdering children by running over them with his car.

Glenn read an excerpt from a fiction O'Rourke wrote when he was 15 years old:

[O]ne day, as I was driving home from work, I noticed two children crossing the street. They were happy, happy to be free from their troubles. I knew, however, that this happiness and sense of freedom were much too overwhelming for them. This happiness was mine by right. I had earned it in my dreams.

As I neared the young ones, I put all my weight on my right foot, keeping the accelerator pedal on the floor until I heard the crashing of the two children on the hood, and then the sharp cry of pain from one of the two. I was so fascinated for a moment, that when after I had stopped my vehicle, I just sat in a daze, sweet visions filling my head.

"Dangerous, right? Nothing good's going to come of this. According to Reuters, those are the teenage writings of Beto O'Rourke," Glenn said. "The state of Texas should be very aware and not allow [O'Rourke] to buy a gun because of this. This guy, this guy, and his righteous indignation — give it a rest, bud. Give it a rest."

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Texas AG Ken Paxton says gun laws are NOT the answer, urges schools to arm teachers

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In the wake of the unspeakably grievous mass murder at an elementary school in Uvalde, Texas, many on the left are calling for increased gun control measures, but without specifying exactly what legislation could have prevented the horrifying event. Attorney General Ken Paxton says gun laws are not the answer. He joined Glenn Beck on the radio program to detail specific measures he believes could stop similar school atrocities in the future: arming teachers.

Paxton told Glenn that Texas has already put laws in place that allow schools to opt in to training and arming teachers as either a marshal or under the guardian program.

"We passed laws when I was in the Texas Senate, I think it was 2013, that would have helped greatly. There's no way that law enforcement can get to every location as fast as they would need to," Paxton said.

Glenn interjected, "I'll tell you, I went to a school where my son was playing football ... and there were signs all over. 'Beware. Teachers are armed. We take the Second Amendment and the protection of our students seriously.' It was so clear — not doing anything here. That's the way to do it."

"Yes," Paxton agreed. "I think that's the way it should be. I mean, these people [shooters], they know they're safe, at least until law enforcement gets there, to accomplish their goals. And we're going to keep seeing this happen until we decide as a state ... to protect these kids," he added.

"It's ridiculous for the Biden administration to suggest that this kid who decided to violate the murder laws would [think], 'Oh. Wait a minute, there's a gun law. I can't do this. I wouldn't violate gun laws.' It's law-abiding citizens that follow the law," Paxton continued. "Second, we have a fentanyl crisis that the Biden administration has presumably invited and we've had over 100, 000 people that overdosed and died from fentanyl. [...] Why isn't the Biden administration so concerned about the hundred and something thousand people that died from overdoses because they opened up the border and allowed fentanyl to come across?"

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In the wake of the horrific Buffalo shooting, the left-wing media tried to paint all conservatives as subscribers to “replacement theory” — the idea that immigrants are taking over to such an extent that they will destroy white Western civilization. Of course, no serious conservative believes in this ugly, racist, dangerous ideology, but there is a ton of ACTUAL replacement going on, and it has nothing to do with immigration or racism.

What we saw yesterday in Uvalde, Texas, is more dark horrific evidence of the only replacement theory that ultimately matters because it affects everything. We’ve replaced God in society. Glenn argues it’s why gun control is ultimately useless — even though he completely understands our human impulse to DO something. While our culture has replaced God for rot, the Biden White House and Democrats are also working overtime to replace key elements of American political, legal, economic, and cultural life.

BlazeTV host Mark Levin of “LevinTV” tells Glenn why Media Matters' latest hit job on him over his Uvalde coverage is pathetic. “Stop pushing God out of the public square” is not a radical concept to help prevent evil from taking hold in our schools. He also takes on the Democrats’ attempts to destroy the Supreme Court, voting rights, and the separation of powers.

BlazeTV host Allie Beth Stuckey of “Relatable” tells Glenn why she believes the Uvalde shooting reveals how we are failing young men in this country and what we must do to stop the replacement theory that threatens to keep an entire generation from becoming a benefit to society.

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Glenn Beck addressed the incomprehensibly tragic mass shooting in Uvalde, Texas, on the radio program Wednesday, saying it's time to stop with the politics, from both sides, and focus on healing a nation that is tearing itself apart.

"It pains me to think about the political garbage that has happened in the last 12 hours," Glenn began. "I believe that we are on the verge of losing our nation, and the reason why we're about to lose our nation is the same reason some kid walked into an elementary school and shot and killed people. It's not the guns ... it's our society."

Glenn called the tragedies plaguing our nation' —kids shooting kids, committing suicide, dying from fentanyl, joining gangs, and suffering from depression and loneliness — are symptoms of a greater sickness.

"Where's the value of human life? The hatred that is being poured down our throats, the class division, the racism — make no mistake, it is intentional," he stated. "The best way to destroy a nation is to cut it apart. ... In our society, where are the ethics? What are ethics? It's your truth versus my truth. There is no absolute truth. And in a world where there is no truth, who gets to be God? Well, it depends on which group you're in I guess."

Glenn said America’s underlying problem is "a rotting in our soul" and until we "live in a nation that is willing to even recognize that there is something bigger than the self, and it has nothing to do with government, we'll never fix this problem."

"Let's not make this about Democrats and Republicans. Let's just make this about what the hell is going on because everything in our society is falling apart," he said. "And until you're willing to have that conversation, the rest of it is bullcrap."

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