In a speech on August 6, Donald Trump mispronounced the name in a speech delivered at Whirlpool. Trump pronounced the name wrong, saying “Thigh Land.” It was the latest in a series of verbal gaffes that have been a hallmark of his presence in the public eye.
But instead of simply admitting that Trump made a mistake, conservative pundit and convicted felon Dinesh D’Souza denied reality.
“I’m highly amused to see supposedly sophisticated media types snickering at @realdonaldtrump for saying ‘Thighland,’ he tweeted. “These faux-sophisticates don’t realize Trump’s way of saying it is right. ‘Tai-land’ is the crude lingo of people who have never been to ‘Thighland.”
As Merriam-Webster notes, this is wrong. Many pointed this out to the frequently incorrect conservative pundit, who once sold Christmas trees online.
“‘Thighland,’ not ‘Tai-land,’ is how English speakers around the world say it,” D’Souza incorrectly stated in a follow-up tweet.
Thousands again pointed out that D’Souza was wrong. Instead of admitting defeat and accepting reality, D’Souza continued to push the lie.
“Every English speaking country, starting with the one that invented the language, pronounces it the way Trump did. ‘Tai-land’ is for frontier people who like to simplify pronunciations,” he wrote.
This is wrong. No matter how many tweets D’Souza writes defending Trump’s slip-up, it will not stop being wrong.
In 2018, Trump gave D’Souza a pardon for the conviction he received for breaking federal election law. Perhaps his bewildering and inaccurate defense of Trump’s “Thigh” gaffe is repayment.
In 2014, D’Souza, pleaded guilty to making an illegal campaign donation to Senate campaign. D’Souza was part of a scheme where he paid back $20,000 to several people who contributed to the campaign of Republican candidate Wendy Long. D’Souza had to serve a sentence at a halfway house for his crime.
The conviction was the low point of a career filled with race baiting and conspiracy theorizing.
Since then D’Souza has gone on to pump out anti-Democrat books and movies and been a regular on Fox News to share his (error-riddled) attacks.
The right-wing pundit has often had his attempts to mangle history fact checked by historian Kevin M. Kruse, who has written dozens of tweets correcting D’Souza’s misreadings of basic American history.
The “Thighland” episode appears to be his first venture into linguistic criminality.