The Rob Porter Scandal is so polarizing it has conservative women fighting each other.
HLN’s S.E. Cupp on Tuesday called out Fox News’ Laura Ingraham for supporting the White House’s handling of the domestic abuse allegations against former White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter by his two ex wives.
Cupp said the scandal is an “embarrassment” to the Trump administration and shows a “failure of leadership.”
“The fact that this has gone from a one-day story to an eight-day story is an embarrassment, and it’s a failure of leadership,” she said. “My toddler would have been better at managing this crisis.”
The HLN host then set her sights on President Trump’s “enablers” in conservative media.
“Of course, the President has his enablers in the press, which most disappointingly include women who should know better.”
Cupp played clips from Monday’s episode of “The Ingraham Angle,” in which Laura Ingraham made the case for due process in abuse cases and argued that the nationwide #MeToo movement has been politicized by liberals who want to brand President Trump as a sexual abuser.
“Think about it,” Ingraham said on Monday.” Justice requires more than an accusation and a denial. It involves probable cause, the rules of evidence, no hearsay allowed, and the cross-examination of witnesses, for instance. You know, this antiquated notion of innocent until proven guilty.”
Ingraham’s remarks echoed President Trump’s comments on the matter.
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
Trump said that he was “very sad” that Rob Porter had to leave the WH and he wished him well.
He also said: “I think you have to remember that he said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent.”
And those women that Porter beat the hell out of?
— Holly Figueroa O’Reilly (@AynRandPaulRyan) February 9, 2018
“[Porters’] reportedly tumultuous relationships, to say the least, apparently didn’t, however, affect his work, which by all account was top-notch–even one of his ex-wives said she didn’t think he should be fired,” Ingraham observed, in reference to a Daily Mail interview.
“I don’t want to be married to him. I would not recommend anyone to date him or marry him. But I definitely want him in the White House and the position he is in. I think his integrity and ability to do his job is impeccable,” said Porter ex-wife Jennifer Willoughby.
“Apparently, the only acceptable response from the president would have been condemning Porter to a life of misery and inviting the wives to the White House for a #MeToo lunch,” Ingraham concluded.
Cupp fired back: “Great job, Laura. The President and the predator would be really proud.”
Was Cupp justified in her throw-down or did she miss the point entirely?