TheBlaze: D’Souza Faces Off With Bill Ayers In Debate—And Stings Him With One Devastating Response

Originally posted at TheBlaze by Oliver Darcy.

Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza faced off with retired liberal professor Bill Ayers Wednesday evening at the University of Michigan — and appeared to briefly get the better of him during a back-and-forth on the criminal justice system.

The two political commentators were asked if they felt the criminal justice system “has become too political.” Ayers responded first.

“Our political justice system is a catastrophe. It’s a catastrophe,” he said. “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.”

“One of the things that I think is catastrophic in it, is that our political system is now for sale — it’s on the auction block,” Ayers added, referring to a campaign finance violation committed by D’Souza. “I think the criminal justice system is deeply corrupt and it’s corrupted by politics.”

D’Souza fired back with a response that prompted the crowd to erupt in applause.

“The inequity of our criminal justice system is on full display right on this podium right here,” he said. “So 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?”

Ayers served no time in prison as charges were dropped because the government failed to obtain the proper warrants for some surveillance against the Weather Underground. The liberal academic, nonetheless, pressed D’Souza.

“The fact is that you admitted to committing a felony, which you did. And it’s a felony pretty serious in a democracy,” Ayers said. “It was an attempt to buy an election.”

D’Souza noted that Democratic fundraiser Sant Singh Chatwal, who committed similar campaign finance violations, received no prison time for his crime.

“Here’s my point. Yes, justice is a matter of, ‘Did you break the law?’ But it’s also a matter of, ‘Does the penalty fit the crime? Do other guys who do the same thing get roughly the same offense?’ Under the Obama administration I will say that progressive justice is a complete sham,” D’Souza argued.

The debate between the two was sponsored by the Young Americans Foundation, an organization that supports young conservatives.

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  • Greg Wigal says:

    February 6, 2016 at 1:24 PM

    Great statement Dinesh!
    Power on, Jan. 21st 2017 will arrive eventually.

  • Steve Adams says:

    February 6, 2016 at 2:44 PM

    I love ya man. I only wish there were more like you in this country. Problem is, there isn’t. I’m afraid this country is absolutely doomed. This movie is almost over….

    • jerry says:

      February 6, 2016 at 10:31 PM

      I agree (sadly) 100%!

  • Kim says:

    February 6, 2016 at 2:48 PM

    Look at the constant hypocrisy from the left. Martha and Hillary did the same thing. Martha went to jail. Oregon ranchers went to jail, Occupy Wall Street were given food, drugs, tents, money and allowed to pillage and rape. Same for Black Lives Matter. No prosecution for robbery and arson. No surprises here from the progressive communist party.

  • David Odden says:

    February 7, 2016 at 9:11 AM

    Mr. D’Sousa, I get a huge charge out of you, and I want you to know, you are welcome at my table anytime!

  • EpicMale says:

    February 7, 2016 at 9:23 AM

    Ayer’s lawlessness was violent, and resulted in the death of a young woman that was trying to put together one of his bombs for him. He is a coward that strikes from afar, with indiscriminate bombs located in areas where innocent civilians could be killed. The only reason he isn’t still in prison is that his father bought off the right people. Because that young woman’s death was murder, there is still a chance he can be prosecuted!

  • Sandra Decker says:

    February 7, 2016 at 2:23 PM

    The debate was very enjoyable, especially since, you won it!

  • Connie says:

    February 7, 2016 at 7:05 PM

    You are a wonderful American. Keep up your good work – you are an inspiration.

  • Danny O'Donnell says:

    February 11, 2016 at 1:37 AM

    Way to go Dinesh!

  • Martha Sparkman says:

    March 4, 2016 at 6:46 PM

    Notice that Ayers said that Dsouza had admitted what he’d done, and that’s why he was convicted. Ayres refused to admit his crime, evidence notwithstanding, and served not a day. He’s shown no remorse. He still thinks he did good things by bombing those places, and would do it again if he had the chance. I hope someone in the next Justice Department decides his public bragging constitutes admission of guilt, and slaps him in irons.