Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza says the entrance of President Barack Obama, Attorney General Eric Holder, and the Rev. Al Sharpton into case of the fatal shooting of a black teen by a white cop in Missouri is whipping up unrest and may keep justice from being done.
"This is a serious issue because here you have Obama, you have Holder, and you have Al Sharpton. Now, can a cop acting under the exigencies of his job expect justice if those three guys were deciding the outcome?" D'Souza asked Thursday on "The Steve Malzberg Show" on Newsmax TV.
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"It seems really clear that they are fostering an atmosphere in Ferguson that basically goes, 'let's declare that this guy is probably guilty, and let's see what we can do to put him up against the wall.'
"The idea that he would get impartial justice is becoming highly questionable ... I'm saying it's kind of a scary triangle because all those three guys have different jobs, but they're working in a certain kind of a concert, and what all three of them are doing is working up the mob."
D'Souza fears that Obama, Holder, and Sharpton are "responding in a way not to the objective demands of justice, but to the fever pitch of agitators who are out there.
"There's a kind of a triangular alliance between the activists on the street, the Justice Department, and the guy in the White House."
This week, Holder flew to Ferguson for a firsthand look at the investigation into the fatal shooting of African-American teenager Michael Brown by a white police officer named Darren Wilson.
The tragedy sparked 10 days of rioting and looting in the predominantly black St. Louis suburb of 21,000. Sharpton has also traveled to Ferguson to meet with the community, and Obama has commented on the incident.
D'Souza — writer and director of "2016: Obama's America," the second-highest grossing political documentary on record — is a former policy analyst in the Reagan White House.
A vocal Obama critic, he pleaded guilty
in May to campaign finance fraud for exceeding donor limits in 2012. He was involved in a plan to get others to contribute under their own names, with him reimbursing them, to the New York state Senate campaign of Wendy Long after his own contributions exceeded the limits.
D'Souza said he was struck by Holder's comment that he understood why many black Americans distrust the police and that he was taking the case in Ferguson personally.
"I understand that mistrust. I am the attorney general of the United States. But I am also a black man,'' Holder said.
D'Souza said, "He's the attorney general, but he's also a black man. Now, on the face of it the statement is unobjectionable; he clearly is both.''
"But these statements have a larger meaning. To say that is kind of a way of saying, 'listen I want you to know that not only am I the attorney general, but I'm going to be playing on the black team.'
"In other words, what he seems to be saying is that there's a racial dimension to what's going on here, and we should all be really clear whose side he's on."
He said the comments were made at a time when all the facts of the shooting are still not known.
D'Souza said he believes the comments fit into a larger narrative being pushed by liberals that "America is a racist society, white cops are racist, [and] a black man can't get a fair shake in America."
"Overall that big story is not true, but if they can find an example that seems to illustrate or dramatize it, that sustains the narrative that's otherwise more difficult to sustain," he said.
"That's why they seize upon these kinds of episodes and go crazy over them because they're trying to vindicate this larger story of American evil and American shame.
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