The Virginia father who was arrested at a school board meeting while discussing his teenage daughter being sexually abused by a transgender student criticized the Justice Department on Monday as “politicized and weaponized to the max” in its handling of his case have treated.
Scott Smith, who was recently pardoned by Republican Gov. Glenn Youngkin, said in a new interview that he doesn’t believe his case will be treated fairly by federal prosecutors.
“I really wanted to win this in court on my own merits, but unfortunately, as you know, our justice system in this country is politicized and weaponized to the extreme, and that should scare every American,” Smith told FOX News on Monday night.
Smith also addressed a current topic Wall Street Journal editorial claimed that the press had used his altercation as evidence of some kind of larger right-wing campaign or “an attempt to fit Mr. Smith into the Democratic Party’s portrayal of conservative government critics as motivated by hate.”
“It’s all true,” Smith said when presented with the article. “That’s what they did.
“They used me to silence mothers and fathers, grandmothers and grandfathers and everyone else that we are starting this movement to protect our children, to stand up for our rights, to protect our children and to say what we think is right for you.
“And there is clear evidence that it worked to some extent,” he said, calling the Justice Department’s memo to school boards “startling.”
Smith was arrested at a Loudoun County School Board meeting on June 22, 2021, while discussing his teenage daughter being sexually assaulted by a transgender student in a school bathroom. He reportedly unleashed a storm of expletives and was convicted of disorderly conduct.
But he told America Reports that he was not verbally arguing with the unsupportive school board members, as originally thought, but rather with a “radical parent” who called him a liar and threatened to kill him on social media “ruin”.
“I never spoke to the school authorities. “The whole story is really kind of lopsided,” Smith said.
“I was sitting in my little area and a radical protester came and I heard this screaming behind me and I turned around and it was my wife and her – I didn’t even know my wife was there. She came in behind me,” he said.
“So I stepped in and tried to explain to this lady what was going on,” he said, explaining that he told the woman about the assault on his daughter by a transgender student.
“She looked me straight in the face and said, ‘That’s not true, that didn’t happen.’ You lie.'”
Police tried to de-escalate the situation, Smith said, but as they walked away, he turned again to verbally accost the woman.
At the time, he said, she threatened to “ruin” him on social media.
“I called them a slur and the next thing I know there are hands everywhere grabbing me from behind,” Smith said.
He said he never “really fought to clear my name of a disorderly conduct charge, I mean, I’m a country boy, I’m just disorderly sometimes.”
“You know, what this was about was my freedom of expression, you know, that shouldn’t have happened that day,” he told host John Roberts.
Smith was pardoned by Governor Youngkin on Sunday, with the Republican governor telling “FOX News Sunday”: “I spoke to Mr. Smith on Friday and I had the privilege of telling Mr. Smith that I was going to pardon him, and we did done.” that on Friday.
“We have righted a wrong. He should never have been prosecuted here. This was a father standing up for his daughter.”
But Buta Biberaj, the Democratic commonwealth’s attorney in Loudon County, who was ultimately removed from the case, called the pardon a “political ploy” and an “unprecedented, inappropriate intrusion into an ongoing legal case.”
She accused Youngkin of making himself “judge and jury” over himself and politically oppositional county officials who were involved in the case.
When asked about the comments on Monday, Smith said Biberaj was “one of the nastiest people I’ve ever met.”
“Unfortunately, I had to deal with her personally in order to prosecute my daughter’s sex offender,” he said. “We have to vote them out.”
The teenage suspect who sexually abused Smith’s daughter was found guilty in two cases of forcible sodomy.
The suspect was sentenced to an inpatient treatment facility and placed on the sex offender registry.