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Trump White House ignores FBI vetting; alleged wife abusers joined staff

'Physical evidence of abuse should be enough to prevent a person from being hired in the White House, but this is no longer the case'

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The White House. Photo: Flickr/Matt Wade

Donald Trump has been forced to accept resignations from two White House staff members accused of being wife abusers – David Sorensen, a speechwriter, who worked under senior policy adviser Stephen Miller, and White House Staff Secretary Rod Porter, who had daily interaction with the president.

Porter’s story is more serious because evidence surfaced of a photo of his former wife with a bruised eye. Porter denies information of alleged domestic violence towards his former wives. Porter said in a written statement allegations that became public this week are “outrageous” and “simply false.”

The Associated Press reported that Porter’s ex-wives recounted physical, verbal, and emotional abuse they say he subjected them to during their marriages.

Porter’s first wife, Colbie Holderness, told the DailyMail.com that Porter choked and punched her during the five years they were husband and wife.

Porter’s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, also described for the DailyMail.com how Porter once dragged her naked and wet from the shower to yell at her. She filed a protective restraining order against him.

The story would have been his word against theirs until a picture of Holderness surfaced showing her black and blue eye socket which she says happened when he punched her while on vacation in Italy.

A picture is worth a thousand words

Physical evidence of abuse should be enough to prevent a person from being hired in the White House, but this is no longer the case, even after the FBI did not give Rob Porter full security clearance, possibly as a result of his past relationships.

There is a major concern that Porter and others could be compromised or blackmailed, yet he was still selected as Trump’s right-hand man next to White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, who claimed he knew nothing about Porter’s background of domestic abuse until the recent story broke.

Evidence proves that White House Counsel Don McGann and Kelly were aware of Porter’ background as far back as a year ago, even though the White House spokespersons have inundated the airwaves with damage control statements and alternative facts.

Porter is now feeling what it’s like being thrown under a bus because Kelly and others claim they were never told about these issues, even though he said he told them everything.

Trump Sees Nothing Wrong

As was the case of Judge Roy Moore, Trump appears to back the accused abuser, not the victims. Trump picks who is good or bad based on his personal bias and protecting women is not high on his list. Neither he nor Kelly mentioned the alleged victims in their statements.

Trump tweeted: “People’s 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.”

“People’s lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation” – really?

When did Trump begin showing concern about false allegations, when he was the one who started the birther movement against President Obama or his lies against Hillary Clinton or his attack on the Central Park Five calling for them to be put to death?

The Central Park Five, who were vindicated by DNA evidence, never received a letter of apology from Trump after spending time in jail for a crime they did not commit.

I have zero tolerance for men who feel they are in their right to punch a woman because she angered them. Their decision to react with violence proves their limitations as men of substance and courage.

If our current president thinks behaving in this manner is okay, he just continues to express to the nation and the world just how low he can go.

Kevin G. Thomas is a veteran Los Angeles-area freelance journalist whose editorial runs weekly in the St. Louis Evening Whirl, a 76-year-old publication. Locally, he has written for the Los Angeles Wave and the L.A. Watts Times. He is a former educator with B.A. degrees in theology and marketing.


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