Conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who was pardoned final yr by President Donald Trump, labeled 2020 candidate Beto O’Rourke a “sicko” Monday following the revelation that he wrote “homicide fiction” as an adolescent. D’Souza shared a narrative written by O’Rourke, which was revealed in a report by Reuters Friday, by which the Democratic candidate describes murdering two kids.

“This man looks as if a sicko, even by Democratic requirements! Is that this why he’s the left’s present favourite for the nomination?” D’Souza wrote.

Chatting with reporters after launching his marketing campaign, O Rourke mentioned he regretted his previous writing.

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“Stuff I used to be a part of as an adolescent… not something that I’m happy with at present,” he mentioned. “And I imply, that’s the lengthy and in need of it.”

As an grownup, D’Souza has made a variety of controversial feedback, which weren’t designed as fiction. Final yr, he mocked pupil survivors of a faculty taking pictures in Parkland, Florida, that left 17 folks lifeless and has additionally attacked former President Barack Obama as a “boy” from the “ghetto” and as a “grown up Trayvon,” in reference to a black teenager who was shot and killed by neighborhood watch volunteer George Zimmerman in 2012. His newest movie, launched final yr in contrast the Democratic Get together to Nazis.

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In 2014, D’Souza pleaded responsible to marketing campaign finance violations earlier than being pardoned by Trump in a transfer that was broadly seen as extremely political.

“He was handled very unfairly by our authorities!” Trump tweeted on the time.

O’Rourke is seen as one of many main Democratic contenders to problem Trump within the 2020 election. His marketing campaign introduced Monday that within the first 24 hours after declaring his candidacy final week he raised $6.1 million {dollars}, topping all different Democrats to have entered the race, together with Senator Bernie Sanders.

beto o'rourke, dinesh d'souza, 2020 Democratic presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke addresses a canvassing kickoff occasion for Iowa state senate candidate Eric Giddens March 16, 2019, in Waterloo, Iowa. Chip Somodevilla/Getty Pictures

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Nonetheless, the opening days of O’Rourke’s marketing campaign, spent within the early caucus state of Iowa, weren’t with out hiccups. In addition to the resurfaced homicide fiction, the failed Texas Senate candidate additionally apologized for jokingly referring to his spouse elevating their three kids “typically with my assist.”

“Not solely will I not say that once more, however I will be extra considerate going ahead in the best way that I discuss our marriage, and in addition the best way by which I acknowledge the reality of the criticism that I’ve loved white privilege,” he mentioned.

O’Rourke was twice arrested in his youthful years, as soon as for driving whereas intoxicated and as soon as for housebreaking after leaping a fence.

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