The Trump Administration is facing yet another crisis and again it involves how women are treated. It was only in December that President Trump stumped for and endorsed Judge Roy Moore for the Senate in Alabama. Moore had been accused by several women that he had touched or sexually assaulted them and the ages of the women at the time were as young as 14. Moore lost.
Wednesday, it was revealed that the White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, had been working as the President’s aide, who routinely handled classified documents, had not passed his security clearance background. Porter, who has been married twice, has been accused of physically assaulting both of his ex-wives, with photographic evidence of one the assaults. The FBI did not issue Porter the security clearance but the White House allowed Porter to continue his work although evidence was presented was a “wife beater.” Chief of Staff, John Kelly, admitted he was aware of the situation but allowed Porter to continue being the eyes and ears of the President dealing in critical and classified information.
Porter’s former wife Colbie Holderness informed the FBI of physical assaults by Porter. She told of the beatings and the mental abuse then when asked if Porter could be blackmailed over his treatment of women, she responded yes. She then gave the FBI a photograph, that is shocking, of her face battered by Porter, showing a large black eye. Holderness, then spoke to the press about the relationship with ex-husband with the Daily Mail releasing the story Wednesday. Porter resigned Thursday but not before others defended Porter and the ‘smear’ campaign against him. But then there was the photo.
Friday, President Trump was asked about the departure of Porter who was a favorite of the President, with the President replying that, “”He did a very good job while when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career and 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, says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that.”
Again, this is not the first time the President has defended someone he knew of violence against women. Besides Moore, there was the case of Roger Ailes, Bill O’Reilly and of course, himself. There have been 16 women who have come forward to accuse the President of sexual assault or unwanted sexual advances.