Dinesh D'Souza, Sentenced to Eight Months in Confinement, Says He'll Turn His Fellow Inmates Into Republicans

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The 'America' filmmaker, convicted of violating election laws, promises another movie before the next presidential election

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza, sentenced on Tuesday to eight months in a confinement center, told Megyn Kelly on the Fox News Channel that by the time he's through serving his time all of his fellow inmates will be Republicans.

D'Souza, whose 2016: Obama's America, a critical look at the president, has become the second-most-popular political documentary in history, also vowed to make another movie before the next presidential election in 2016. It will be his third film, his second being America, which was released in July, and he has two more in the works after that, though he hasn't revealed details on any of them.

Besides eight months in confinement, D'Souza was also ordered to pay a $30,000 fine, sentenced to five years' probation and to a day of community service for each week during his probation. His crime was telling a couple of friends that if they were to donate $10,000 apiece to a friend's senatorial campaign, he'd reimburse them.

"This was really an effort to put me out of business. The government was trying to lock me up for between 10 and 16 months and a federal judge said 'no,' " D'Souza told Kelly Tuesday night in his first televised interview since his sentencing. "Today my faith in an independent judiciary is affirmed."

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From the moment D'Souza was arrested in January he and others have claimed that he was being singled out because of his criticism of President Barack Obama and other government officials.

"They likened you to corrupt people who tried to curry favor with the politicians by making these donations as opposed to trying to help a friend," Kelly said on Tuesday.

"There was just an all-out attempt to put me away," D'Souza said.

"Meeting the burden of proving a selective prosecution is very high," he continued. "When you look around the country at other situations there seems to be a pattern of this administration using the instruments of the law, the IRS and so on, to go after its critics ... if I was locked up I would not have been able to make a film in the election year, in 2016."

D'Souza also told Kelly's audience what type of community service he'd be doing. "A good part of the sentence, and I actually thank the judge for it, is I'm going to be teaching English to new immigrants," he said.

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"What are you going to do in a community confinement center?" Kelly asked D'Souza. "Can you imagine the other people who are in there? They'll be like, 'Isn't that the guy who made the movies?' "

D'Souza answered: "Believe me, they're all going to be Republicans by the end of it."

Here's the video. 


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