Donald Trump has proven on multiple occasions that he doesn’t give nearly anyone the benefit of the doubt. His tweets have attacked politicians, journalists, celebrities, and pretty much any other group we can think of. There is one group, however, that he gives all the benefit of the doubt to, white men who work within his administration.
After Trump’s golden boys, Rob Porter, and David Sorensen were accused of beating their ex-wives in bouts of brutal violence, Trump decided to speak out in favor of the abusers.
On Saturday, Trump sent a tweet calling for justice in favor of Porter and Sorensen.
“Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new,” the president tweeted. “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
Trump is no stranger to adamantly defending accused abusers and pedophiles, including former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore, who was accused of molesting a 14-year-old girl and sexually assaulting another teenager. After the Moore accusations came to light, Trump was quick to run to his defense, stating that Porter “totally denies it.”
After Trump’s own campaign manager Corey Lewandowski, was caught on tape assaulting a reporter, Trump responded, “How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?”
Following the Porter accusations, Trump continued to defend the man who was accused of abuse by not one but two of his ex-wives. “[Porter] also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent. I think you have to remember that,” Trump said.
Trump, of course, faces dozens of accusations of sexual assault, which in many ways has forced him to lower the bar on sexual assault in an attempt to explain away his own actions.
Less we forget, Trump demanded that Hillary Clinton be “locked up” during the 2016 election. Not once did Trump call for due process while throwing numerous unfounded accusations at Clinton.
Trump is now facing a very different atmosphere than in the past when he could mock his opponents and put others down. Porter is accused of punching, choking, and threatening his ex-wives, with one of his former wives released a photo in which he allegedly gave her a black eye, an incident that was reported to police. Porter’s other ex-wife had a restraining order issued.
Speechwriter David Sorensen was forced to quit his job as Elise Vibeck of the Washington Post prepared to publish his ex-wife’s account of their marriage. Sorensen was said to have initiated several violent episodes — including a burn she claims she received when he extinguished a lit cigarette in her hand.
The men didn’t even attempt to argue their case, signaling at least some admission of guilt.
Instead of speaking about the serious allegations, Trump thanked Porter for his service and offered little in support of women who are being abused all over the United States by powerful men.
The #MeToo Movement and general discussions about gender and race equality are heating up, a bad sign for a Republican party that will need to battle more than ever to maintain their control of the House and Senate during the 2018 election cycle.
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James Kosur is the former Editor-In-Chief and co-founder of Hill Reporter. He recently served as an editor for Business Insider and various other publications. James and his partners sold Hill Reporter to a new owner in July 2019.