Presidential historian Constantinos Scaros argues the Democrats’ position that former President Donald Trump incited a riot at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, is faulty.
Scaros, a history and political science professor at Grand Canyon and Colorado Technical Universities, shared his analysis while profiling his new book, “Trumped-Up Charges.”
In the book, Scaros attacks 10 false narratives about Trump often advanced by mainstream media.
In an interview with the Western Journal, Scaros said: “I wanted to show people and set the record straight that 100 years from now, history will assess Donald Trump fairly as to what he really did and what he really didn’t. And that’s why I wrote the book.”
The book addresses the false claims that Trump is a “racist” and that Trump referred to white supremacists as “very fine people” — an accusation first heralded by candidate Joe Biden in the aftermath of a riot in Charlottesville in August 2017.
Scaros notes that context is key when considering someone’s statement to assess their character. Trump did say there were “very fine people” on both sides, but added, “I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
“And if you do look at the context, [racism is] definitely not the case [here]. He was talking about very fine people who abhor racism and white supremacism just as much as anyone else, but they believe in the historical significance and the legacy of Confederate statues and so forth.”
“So he was talking about very fine people who want to preserve the history of the soldiers who fought in their state in those parts where those statues are up,” Scaros concluded.
The author contends that Biden knew the truth but propagated the lie anyway.
“He counted on the American people being bamboozled by media malpractitioners who just put up clickbait headlines hoping the audiences are too lazy to really click and read the full story,” Scaros said.
The book also addresses the so-called “Muslim Ban,” the claim that Trump called Mexicans rapists and criminals, and the claim that Trump suggested members of “the squad” should go back to their own countries.
Scaros admitted it is not possible to know Trump’s heart but asserts one can look at his record and what he said in proper context and disprove what many media outlets have reported.
Regarding charges that Trump is a racist, Scaros said:
“I worked in that same Manhattan he did,” Scaros said. “And the way I look at it is if I hated the sun, and I hated the sand, and I hated the water and I had millions and millions of dollars to do whatever I wanted to, I wouldn’t go to the beach.”
“So if this guy is a billionaire and he hates persons of color, etc., etc., he wouldn’t be in New York because he’s surrounded by people different from himself. That’s just my speculation about whether he’s a racist or not.”
And regarding the claim that Trump incited a riot or insurrection on Jan. 6, 2021 — Scaros states that the claim can not stand up to scrutiny. Sacaros offered several reasons why:
At the January 6 Save America Rally, Trump said, “I know that everyone here will soon be marching over to the Capitol building to peacefully and patriotically make your voices heard.”
Scaros notes that while Democrats focus on the words “fight like hell,” which Trump did use in that speech, the proper context of those words proves that Trump did not want violence. Scaros explained:
“When he said ‘fight like hell,’ never mind that just about every football coach in the world uses that term in the locker room. He immediately then said, and not many people talk about this, he said, ‘And you know who fights like hell? Rudy Giuliani.'”
“Now, did he really mean that this frail guy who was pushing 80 is going to scale walls and break through windows? Of course not. He was talking about Giuliani’s tenacity to achieve a goal. He was certainly not talking about physical violence and criminal trespass.”
During his remarks, Trump said Giuliani’s “got guts. You know what? He’s got guts, unlike a lot of people in the Republican Party. He’s got guts. He fights, he fights.”
Scaros also notes that Trump has too much political acumen to have wanted violence, saying, “Certainly he knows that’s going to hurt him. Trump did not want to commit treason or have any reason to believe a violent ‘insurrection’ would have ever succeeded.”
“I think it’s important for Trump supporters to tell their friends and relatives, ‘Look, if you want to hate Donald Trump, hate him for things he actually did… Just don’t hate him for the things he really didn’t do.'”
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