Is Trump's White House endorsing domestic violence?
After two of his aides resigned from the post on accusations of domestic violence, Trump, and his administration have disqualified the victims and sided with the aggressors.
When people ask why the phenomenon of #MeToo, #TIMESUP, and the feminist revolution against harassment and abuse have arisen in the middle of this administration, some respond that there is nothing arbitrary about it.
President Trump has been a man known for his voracity and aggressiveness towards the opposite sex and for the misogyny that his character gives off, even before the famous audio with Billy Bush leaked during the 2016 campaign.
You just have to remember his famous interview with the New York Magazine in 1992 when he said: "(to women) you have to treat them like shit".
And as each administration ends up resembling its leader, it was not surprising that the wave of feminist vindication would also reach the White House.
During the past week, one of the President’s closest aides and secretary of staff, Rob Porter, delivered his letter of resignation after several accusations of conjugal violence by his former partners were made public.
According to an extensive report published by The Intercept, Porter had beaten his ex-wives, demonstrating a recurring pattern of behavior that did not prevent the FBI from granting him security clearance when he joined the White House, where he became "a powerful figure" and a wall for leaks, according to the analysis of Politico.
As expected, Porter denied the accusations calling them "slanderous and simply false" despite having given his resignation without a definitive date of abandonment of office.
But it has been the White House’s response what left many stone-cold when choosing to side with the aggressor, even when there is enough evidence that his behavior was less than appropriate.
"Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him," said Chief of Staff John Kelly. For her part, spokeswoman Sarah Huckabee Sanders said she worked directly with Porter every day for a year and called him "a person with the highest integrity and exemplary character."
For the president, Porter's departure is regrettable, because "he did a very good job" in the White House. "Obviously, it's a difficult time for him," he said in front of the media.
However, accusations soon rose against another member of the president's staff. Just days after the news of Porter, David Sorensen, White House speechwriter, resigned after his ex-wife claimed he was violent and verbally abusive during their two-year marriage.
This time President Trump went further by writing on Twitter "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. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
For Jennifer Willoughby, one of Porter's former wives, the president's response was expected because he doesn’t exactly represent "a model of kindness and forgiveness," she wrote in an op-ed for Time magazine on Sunday. "The truth exists, whether the president accepts it or not," she concluded.