Senior aides to President Donald Trump, including chief of staff John Kelly, knew for months about allegations of domestic abuse levied against top White House staffer Rob Porter by his ex-wives, and they responded as any employer who takes domestic violence seriously would: with a shrug and increasing responsibility for the abuser!
I suppose when we have a president accused of sexual harassment and assault by more than a dozen women — including an allegation of rape from his own ex-wife, it should come as no surprise that the “rising star” in the administration is a known serial wife abuser. In fact, it probably helped propel his career in the West Wing.
Porter’s ex-wives detailed the allegations to the FBI over the course of a routine background check, they told CNN. And no action was taken to remove him. Quite the contrary: Kelly and others oversaw an elevation in Porter’s standing. He was one of a handful of aides who helped draft last week’s State of the Union address. He traveled instead of Kelly to the World Economic Forum in Davos last month. He also was one of a select group of aides who shook Chinese President Xi Jinping’s hand during a state visit to Beijing in November. Heck, he probably coined “Little Adam Schiff” and personally weighed Trump in at “239 pounds” (LOL), too!
And instead of denouncing the assault (for which there is photographic evidence), Kelly raved about him when news of his abuse became public and forced him to resign:
“Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him,” the statement from Kelly read. (“True integrity and honor.”… I don’t think those words mean what you think they mean, Johnny.) Porter’s honey bunny, Hope Hicks–who clearly has great taste in men and bosses to emulate–reportedly worked with White House press secretary Sarah Sanders and Josh Raffel, another White House spokesman who is close to Porter, to draft the statement singing the praises of a man who left bruises on his wives. Kelly continues to stand by it.
Oh, and guess what? After firing the White House Advisor on Violence Against Women, Carrie Bettinger-Lopez, on Inauguration Day and eliminating the position, the White House gutted the Violence Against Women grant program, slashing the budget for federal programs that aid survivors of sexual assault and domestic violence by a whopping 93 PERCENT. Not to mention Trump’s education secretary Betsy “Dolores Umbridge” DeVos has rescinded protections for women who are victims of sexual assault on college campuses. Because who needs support after being raped when all you need is a black quill that uses your blood to write, “I must not ask for it by dressing like a harlot,” on your hand hundreds of times!
Isn’t that right, Johnny?