President Trump on Thursday granted a full pardon to conservative filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, who pleaded guilty to making illegal contributions to a US Senate race in New York.

​Speaking aboard Air Force One during a flight to Texas, Trump explained his reasoning.

“I’ve always felt he was very unfairly treated. And a lot of people did, a lot of people did. What should have been a quick minor fine, like everybody else with the election stuff​,” Trump said. “What they did to him was horrible.”

​In a statement, the White House said D’Souza was the victim of “selective prosecution” in the president’s eyes.​

“Mr. D’Souza accepted responsibility for his actions, and also completed community service by teaching English to citizens and immigrants seeking citizenship​,​​”​ ​the statement continued.​

​D’Souza said he was thankful for Trump’s pardon.​

​”​Obama and his stooges tried to destroy my American dream and faith in America. Trump has fully restored both. I’m very grateful,” he​ ​told Yahoo News.

​D’Souza was convicted in 2014 for using “straw donors” to donate $20,000 to Wendy Long’s 2012 campaign.

​Long, who was running against Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, ​attended Dartmouth University with D’Souza.

He was indicted by then US Attorney Preet Bharara, who was appointed by former President Obama and fired by Trump in 2017.

Bharara posted his reaction to the pardon on Twitter.

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