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Steve Bannon uses White House office to promote new book linking Democrats with Nazis

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Twitter/@DineshDSouza
Twitter/@DineshDSouza

On Friday, right-wing commentator Dinesh D’Souza deleted tweets he posted about a visit he made to the White House to promote his new book — with some help from White House staffers Steve Bannon and Sebastian Gorka.

D’Souza, who was convicted of a felony in 2014 for making illegal contributions to a Republican U.S. Senate candidate, tweeted that he “stopped by the White House to brief Steve Bannon and [Sebastian Gorka] on how Trump can flip the accusation of fascism on the Democratic left.”

A photo accompanying the tweet shows Bannon posing with one arm around D’Souza, while the other holds a copy of D’Souza’s new book, Big Lie.

D’Souza also deleted another tweet showing him posing with Gorka, with a caption announcing he signed a copy of his book for President Trump.

Gorka’s role is particularly interesting since his tenure at the White House has been mired in controversy due to his own alleged association with a Nazi-linked group.

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The subtitle of D’Souza’s new book is, “Exposing the Nazi roots of the American left.” A summary of the book posted on Amazon claims that the “Democratic left has an ideology virtually identical with fascism and routinely borrows tactics of intimidation and political terror from the Nazi Brownshirts.”

“To cover up their insidious fascist agenda, Democrats loudly accuse President Trump and other Republicans of being Nazis—an obvious lie, considering the GOP has been fighting the Democrats over slavery, genocide, racism and fascism from the beginning,” it continues. “Now, finally, Dinesh D’Souza explodes the Left’s big lie. He expertly exonerates President Trump and his supporters, then uncovers the Democratic Left’s long, cozy relationship with Nazism: how the racist and genocidal acts of early Democrats inspired Adolf Hitler’s campaign of death; how fascist philosophers influenced the great 20th century lions of the American Left; and how today’s anti-free speech, anti-capitalist, anti-religious liberty, pro-violence Democratic Party is a frightening simulacrum of the Nazi Party.”

The merits of D’Souza’s book aside, federal officials aren’t supposed to use their jobs to endorse any “product, service, or enterprise.”

The Trump White House has shown little concern for this prohibition. In June, Trump used his personal account to promote a book written by Fox News personality Eric Bolling. The month before, taxpayer-funded Voice of America promoted White House adviser Ivanka Trump’s new book on its website and Twitter account. In April, a number of State Department social media accounts promoted Trump’s private club in Florida. And in February, White House counselor Kellyanne Conway gave a “free commercial” for Ivanka Trump’s business during a Fox News interview from the White House.

D’Souza’s meeting with Bannon and Gorka fits into a pattern of extreme figures visiting the White House. In April, rock star Ted Nugent visited the White House for dinner, and posed for pictures with the president. Nugent, who visited along with Kid Rock and Sarah Palin, was invited to the White house despite repeatedly calling for the deaths of then-President Obama and Hillary Clinton — calls that Trump defended him for making.