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CNN's Alisyn Camerota battles with Dinesh D'Souza over his 'hypocritical' views on presidential principles

Conservative provocateur Dinesh D'Souza, whom President Trump pardoned last week, is leaving his campaign finance conviction in the past, ready to freely espouse his conservative principles.

Which principles, exactly? CNN's Alisyn Camerota, who interviewed D'Souza on New Day on Tuesday, couldn't quite discern. Trump told D'Souza that he wanted the conservative commentator to go forth and "be a bigger voice than ever," reports The Washington Post, agreeing with D'Souza's characterization of "selective prosecution" by former President Barack Obama's administration.

D'Souza's particularly nasty comments about Obama were up for debate on New Day, as Camerota grilled the newly-pardoned filmmaker on which values he wants to spread. D'Souza once called Obama's father "a philandering, inebriated African socialist," so Camerota wanted to know if one of D'Souza's esteemed principles entailed being against philandering. The commentator flubbed, refusing to talk about it, though he stood by his comments.

Camerota then demanded to know why D'Souza would support Trump while attacking Obama's family for being vulgar. "That strikes some as hypocritical," said Camerota. "Why aren't you speaking out about [Trump's] vulgarity?" D'Souza didn't ever get around to explaining which of his principles Trump had endorsed, but he did squeeze in a few comments about Obama "degrading" the Oval Office by using a selfie stick. Watch the full segment below, via CNN. Summer Meza