By JOSE DELREAL | 11/26/13 4:12 PM EST
Conservative commentator and writer Dinesh D’Souza ignited a social media backlash Tuesday, when he referred to President Barack Obama as “Grown-Up Trayvon” on Twitter.
“I am thankful this week when I remember that America is big enough and great enough to survive Grown-Up Trayvon in the White House!” D’Souza tweeted.
D’Souza followed up 45 minutes later, writing, “Feigned outrage on the left over me calling Obama ‘grown up Trayvon’ except that Obama likened himself to Trayvon!”
D’Souza is no stranger to controversy. In 2010, New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd took him to task for “playing into the bigotry of birthers and haters who paint Obama as ‘the other,’” and cited a problematic statement published in Forbes about Obama’s heritage.
A former King’s College president and longtime Obama critic, D’Souza spearheaded the 2012 documentary, “2016: Obama’s America,” which was highly critical of the president’s policies. Although the political documentary was a commercial success, critics called into question D’Souza’s motives, with some calling it an attempt at character assassination.