President Trump reportedly wasn’t happy when he learned that his former White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, had been accused of abusing two of his ex-wives.
So much so that, according to CBS News sources, Trump called Porter a name he had previously reserved for North Korean dictator Kim Jong Un.
No, not “Little Rocket Man.”
One that, if the allegations against Porter turn out to be true, is much more apropos – “sick puppy.”
CBS News sources confirmed that Trump knew very little about Porter’s personal life until allegations surfaced from both of his employee’s former wives, one of whom even released a photo of herself with a black eye she says she received from her ex-husband.
Although Porter has vehemently denied the allegations against him, he resigned from his White House post last week.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted what seemed like a defense of Porter as well as former speechwriter David Sorensen, who was also forced to resign last week due to similar allegations.
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
The media has made a lot of hay out of the tweet, but once they get past the posturing and hand-wringing it’s hard to argue with the basics of his premise. What happened to due process, and is it possible that a woman could make a false claim against a man just to hurt him? However, some have wondered about the seeming conflict between Trump’s tweet and his private description of Porter as a “sick puppy.”
Even White House officials are baffled by Trump’s conflicting stances on Porter, with several questioning how he can go from calling him “a sick puppy” in private to being defensive of him in public. They are left wondering where Trump truly stands on this issue.
— Kaitlan Collins (@kaitlancollins) February 12, 2018
Of course, the explanation is quite simple, really. If Porter is indeed guilty, he is as deserving of the “sick puppy” label as anyone, but shouldn’t he and others be entitled to due process? Aren’t we all presumed innocent?
During Monday’s White House press briefing, this statement read by Sarah Sanders says it all:
“Above all, the president supports the victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process.”
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