The following is a commentary by Mark Fitzgibbons, President of Corporate Affairs, American Target Advertising, a fundraising law and policy expert, and a commentator. He argues that a widespread interpretation of a Donald Trump social media post is on the wrong track. He says that Trump wasn't advocating for terminating the Constitution (as so many claimed) when Trump said massive fraud "allows for the termination" of articles found in the Constitution. Instead, Fitzgibbons argues, Trump was stating that the alleged fraud "allows for," or permits the fraudsters to do the unthinkable: even terminate the articles found in the Constitution.
The way Fitzgibbons sees it, it's another case of the media misquoting or misinterpreting Trump as was so often done when he was president.
One of the most egregious cases was when many in the media falsely claimed that Trump had called "violent people marching with tiki torches in Charlottesville," Virginia "very fine people."
In fact, the president had specifically excluded violent people from his remarks. Trump had actually said that there were "fine people on both sides" of the Confederate monument debate.
Here is what Trump said at the time, speaking of people debating whether a Confederate statue should be removed and a park renamed:
“Excuse me, they didn’t put themselves down as neo-Nazis, and you had some very bad people in that group. But you also had people that were very fine people on both sides. You had people in that group – excuse me, excuse me, I saw the same pictures you did. You had people in that group that were there to protest the taking down of, to them, a very, very important statue and the renaming of a park from Robert E. Lee to another name.”
“I’m not talking about the neo-Nazis and white nationalists because they should be condemned totally.”
Read the Fitzgibbons commentary below.
‘Terminate the Constitution’ another Charlottesville hoax?
By Mark Fitzgibbons
Donald Trump has come under harsh criticism for his post on Truth Social following the release by Elon Musk, and Matt Taibbi’s accounts, of Twitter documents about the Hunter Biden laptop. That news reports collusion at high levels of government and Twitter to suppress news that many claim could have swayed the 2020 presidential election.
Trump’s social media post included the sentence, “A Massive Fraud of this type and magnitude allows for the termination of all rules, regulations, and articles, even those found in the Constitution.” That sentence resulted in claims that Trump advocated for terminating the Constitution to overturn or redo the 2020 election.
Trump’s post also included, “Our great ‘Founders’ did not want, and would not condone, False and Fraudulent Elections!”
Trump has since denied that he advocated for terminating the Constitution.
Monday journalist, @ByronYork, tweeted, “Question: What do you think is the most accurate way to describe what Trump called for in the Truth Social post below?”
Tuesday American Thinker ran my reply. I am familiar with pre-January 6, 2021 legal and constitutional arguments that did not get media coverage because various cases were dismissed before hearings were ever allowed. I have a much different take on Trump’s statement at this piece, “Did Trump really call to terminate the Constitution?”
Reading Trump’s comment in the context of my American Thinker piece brings a much different meaning to his Truth Social post than a call by him to terminate the Constitution.
In fact, it seems to suggest the opposite of Trump’s advocating to terminate the Constitution. I claim Trump meant that it was the “acts of others that ‘terminated’ the laws governing the 2020 elections,” and “collusion with Big Tech . . . enabled (allowed for) a false and fraudulent election in 2020. The lies skewed votes, polls reveal.”
Claims that Trump called to terminate the Constitution would seem to take away some of the focus on Friday’s release of the Twitter censorship files.
Read more from Fitzgibbons here in American Thinker.
Elmo MacSchwartzenheimer says
..once AGAIN, The Liberal Commie Left makes ANOTHER Attempt to SMEAR a Political Opponent...
I can’t see how there is even an argument. Trump said massive election fraud threatens to terminate even articles in the Constitution (my paraphrase, but completely accurate). Twisting that to say he advocates for terminating the Constitution makes as much sense as saying he is advocating for massive election fraud. Both statements are clearly and unmistakably untrue.
Are people losing the ability to understand the English language?
Gary Austin says
When Trump speaks they have selective hearing
Very well said Kay !
Glenn Shaw says
Right on and my assessment exactly and anyone that thinks Trump wants to suspend the Constitution shouldn't give advice about anything as their perception is askew.
Well, Biden hired David Brock (Media Matters) to help "SMEAR" conservatives who dare to run for office in 2024. The crap never stops emanating from the Swamp.
Than you for clearing that up. It appears most of the media has trouble understanding English. If they were educated it may help, but I doubt it!