Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D'Souza tweeted out a fake picture of a young Hillary Clinton posing in front of a Confederate Flag, today. The right-wing star instructed his nearly 200,000 Twitter followers to "Look closely at this Hillary photo; isn't that a Confederate flag behind her on the bookshelf?"
D'Souza also posted the same image to his Facebook page.
But as Dan McLoughlin pointed out, the original photo makes clear that the Confederate flag was photoshopped into the 1960s image of the future first lady, senator, and secretary of state:
In 2014, D'Souza was sentenced to eight months in a community confinement center as part of five years of probation for violating federal campaign finance laws. In an interview in the latest issue of the New York Times Magazine, D'Souza said "If you put my rap sheet alongside the Clinton rap sheet, I think that would be almost a prima facie case that they have gotten away with far more than I have."
UPDATE: D'Souza issued a "correction" on Facebook, leaving the photoshopped image of the Confederate flag up but writing, "even if the #ConfederateFlag was edited into this Hillary photo, WHAT is going on with those glasses and that hairdo?":
The conservative's "correction" merely swapped his casual racist joke for a pithy sexist jab. D'Souza made no apology for publishing the doctored photo although he did cough up a meager "whoops" in an email to the Daily Beast's Olivia Nuzzi:
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