On Wednesday, February 3, Dinesh D’Souza went head-to-head with the radical Bill Ayers on the University of Michigan campus on the topic “What’s so exceptional about America?”
The event, sponsored by the Young America’s Foundation, drew over 500 people on campus and over 15,000 viewers live online.
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Ayers is a retired liberal professor with a storied past. Jerome Corsi at WND explains:
“Ayers’s Weather Underground, which he co-founded with his wife, Bernardine Dohrn, was blamed for dozens of bombings aimed at destroying the defense and security infrastructure of the U.S.
Ayers previously called the Weather Underground ‘an American Red Army’ and said the objective was to: ‘Kill all the rich people. Break up their cars and apartments. Bring the revolution home. Kill your parents.’
In his memoir, he wrote: ‘Everything was absolutely ideal on the day I bombed the Pentagon. The sky was blue. The birds were singing. And the bastards were finally going to get what was coming to them.’
During one of the most engaging segments of the debate, Ayers challenged D’Souza on the American criminal justice system:
“Our political justice system is a catastrophe. It’s a catastrophe. And what was exposed in Ferguson, that the criminal just system is kind of powered…by the kind of targeting of poor people. That’s true in Ferguson, that’s true in Chicago.”
D’Souza immediately fired back:
“The inequity of our criminal justice system is on full display right on this podium right here. I gave $20,000 of my own money over the campaign finance limit. I got 8 months in overnight confinement. You bombed the Pentagon and tried to bomb all kinds of other things—how much time did you do in the slammer?”
This and many other exchanges prompted the crowd to erupt in applause. Watch for yourself:
During the audience question and answer time, a student who was appreciative of his parents’ decision to come to America and make a better life for their children asked Dinesh how conservatives can appear more pro-immigration and not allow themselves to be painted as xenophobic.
Dinesh’s response drew cheers from the crowd and scorn from his debate opponent:
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