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  1. Joe Bloggs

     /  February 12, 2018

    trump on ex-WH staff secretary Rob Porter:

    “Well, we wish him well. He worked very hard. I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well. It’s a obviously tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he’s also very sad. Now he also, as you probably know, he says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent, so you’ll have to talk to him about that, but we absolutely wish him well. He did a very good job while he was at the White House.”

    him, he, him, him, he, he, he, he, him, he, he, he, he, he, he, him, him, he, he…

    Not one word, not one syllable about the victim,s of Porter’s behaviour, totally tone-deaf to the times and tone-deaf to the situation. trump’s logic behind wishing Porter well is sickening, and simple: he doesn’t see violence against women as disqualifying… because then trump would be disqualified

    • PDB

       /  February 12, 2018

      Has Rob Porter been convicted of anything yet? Is Trump not correct in saying a person should be presumed innocent until proven otherwise? What is your point?

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  February 13, 2018

        This is the point PDB. Even Fox and Friends gets it.

        “So the president is just as outraged as many Americans about the alleged domestic abuse, which looks pretty strong, the evidence, against Porter,” Kilmeade said, before asking, “Why won’t he say that publicly?”

        Gidley said he doesn’t know if or when Trump was condemn Porter, but did assert that the president “has been very clear that all forms of abuse, all forms of battery against women, is deplorable and disgusting.”

        Before the spokesperson could get out his full answer, Kilmeade interrupted him with: “But he hasn’t said that.”

        If Trump “deplores” domestic abuse so much, then why does he keep publicly siding with men accused of it?

      • Joe Bloggs

         /  February 13, 2018

        And again…

        Until Wednesday, Rob Porter was the White House staff secretary. Long before Wednesday, many of the people to whom he reported knew he had physically abused and assaulted both of his wives. Colbie Holderness, Porter’s first wife, and Jennifer Willoughby, Porter’s second wife, both told the FBI their marriages had ended because of a pattern of physical and emotional abuse. According to their accounts, supported by photos, contemporaneous reporting to others, and a blog post written by Willoughby last April, Porter kicked these women, he punched and choked one of these women, he blackened one of these women’s eyes. He berated and insulted these women. Police were called. But Rob Porter is also white, and the son of a prominent academic and thinker. He went to Harvard and Oxford, and he had a high-ranking job in the Oval Office, and was reportedly pressing for a higher one. He was dating Hope Hicks, one of the president’s closest confidantes. So nobody did a thing about the allegations.

        Taken together, all the grown-ups in the room protected, privileged, and covered for Rob Porter despite everything they knew about his pattern of abuse, because his career was important to them. Even well-educated, high-status, articulate white women who were lawfully married to Porter didn’t matter enough to be taken seriously.

        Please stop asking why women don’t come forward. These women did. They believed that once the police, the FBI, the White House, and John Kelly knew what they knew, Porter would stop ascending in their ranks. They were wrong.

        Rob Porter’s father wrote eloquently about the presidency and “a tone from the top.” The tone from the top of the Trump administration has unerringly been that women are to be cherished and protected right up until the moment they stop being docile and decorative, and then they are to be dismissed and humiliated. Rob Porter’s defenders knew everything they needed to know. They did nothing because he was visible to them and his accusers were nothing. But the tone comes from the top, and nobody should be even a bit surprised