LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) — As senior White House aide Rob Porter was being shown the door as an alleged wife beater, his former boss, President Donald Trump praised him.
Trump said it was “a tough time” for Porter and that he denied the accusations — at least three women (two ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend) have accused him of violence and abuse. The president, never mentioning Porter’s alleged victims, instead talked about how hard he worked
“We wish him well,” the president said. “He also, as you probably know, says he is innocent, and I think you have to remember that.”
Those warm and comforting comments caused the Twitter-sphere to explode Friday.
It should no longer be a surprise to people that Caveman Trump would hire a man like Porter, who’s accused of beating his wives. If you want nasty things done, you hire nasty people. That’s how criminal syndicates thrive. #impeachprehistoricpotus pic.twitter.com/86JaEMcp2M
— Jim Carrey (@JimCarrey) February 9, 2018
Donald Trump defends his departed aide who proclaims his “innocence" of domestic violence despite testimony of 2 ex wifes and clear photographic evidence to the contrary. Does Trump ever believe what women say?
— Barbra Streisand (@BarbraStreisand) February 9, 2018
Trump on accused abuser Rob Porter: “We wish him well, he worked very hard."
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) February 10, 2018
Tonight a second White House official resigns for wife beating; Kelly offers to resign for not firing Porter (who Kelly still says didn't really beat his wife); Rachel Brand out, making DT 1 more firing away from killing the Mueller probe & DT breaks promise to #ReleaseTheDemMemo
— John Fugelsang (@JohnFugelsang) February 10, 2018
— David Axelrod (@davidaxelrod) February 10, 2018
What the president is trying to say is that there were very fine people on both sides of that vase that went into Rob Porter’s ex-wife’s face.
— Chris Hayes (@chrislhayes) February 9, 2018
Dear @AriFleischer: Did you see that great statement today by @realDonaldTrump condemning domestic violence? Neither did any American. In fact, what we saw was @POTUS & John Kelly heavily praising domestic abuser Ron Porter. Tell us again how this isn't also a Trump issue? https://t.co/P0N0PYTqSa
— Ted Lieu (@tedlieu) February 10, 2018
So, now that we know about scumbags that the FBI won’t give security clearance to and why, its time to turn our angry eyes to handsome Jared Kushner, who WAS NEVER GIVEN SECURITY CLEARANCE!!! Do we just wait for the shoe to drop? Like a buncha schmucks?
— Ron Perlman (@perlmutations) February 9, 2018
trump PRAISES AIDE ROB PORTER,WHO GAVE 1 WIFE BLACK EYE,& DRAGGED THE OTHER OUT OF SHOWER💪🏻. trump”He Says He’s Innocent, & You Have To Remember That”‼️trump BRAGGED ABOUT ASSAULTING WOMEN, SAID HE WAS INNOCENT 16 TIMES,&CAMPAIGNED 4 PEDOPHILE. #WOMENMUSTBRINGGOPDOWN 2018
— Cher (@cher) February 9, 2018
Trump's response to the Rob Porter firing was telling. Not a word of sympathy for Porter's victims. Total support for the man they say abused them. The Trump era is shining a glaring spotlight on a gender ethos that has lingered long past its sell-by date.
— Joy Reid (@JoyAnnReid) February 9, 2018
What we didn’t hear from Trump:
– No expressed sympathy for Porter’s ex-wife Colbie Holderness
– No expressed sympathy for Porter’s second ex-wife Jennifer Willoughby
– No expressed sympathy for the ex-girlfriend who warned the White House about Porter’s alleged abuse pic.twitter.com/uCuB5wBjhn
— The Lead CNN (@TheLeadCNN) February 9, 2018
Trump has gaslighted and eroded our norms to such an extent that when he says he believes Porter is innocent, despite testimony, photographs and police reports, no one is really that surprised. Imagine Obama or Bush saying that. You can't. We're the frog in the boiling water.
— Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) February 9, 2018
Kelly totally failed re Porter. But if he goes, scary to think who replaces him. It’s entirely Trump’s pick. 6 months ago, Bannon co-helmed the job. At least Kelly got rid of some swamp-things, walks on 2 legs & doesn’t yet make us feel like we should be wearing a garlic necklace
— Ana Navarro (@ananavarro) February 9, 2018
trump praising r. porter who lvs the WH an accused wife beater – no POTUS word for porter’s wives – both with evidence of abuse
— Tom Brokaw (@tombrokaw) February 9, 2018
— ROSIE (@Rosie) February 9, 2018
I have been in prison interviewing a serial killer so help me: why did President Trump not even acknowledge the alleged victims in the #Porter #domesticviolence situation? Not even a nod to the woman with the black eye?
— Christopher C. Cuomo (@ChrisCuomo) February 9, 2018
Trump’s defending Rob Porter while Pence is chillin with Kim Jong Un’s sister at the Olympics. Tone-deaf is one thing but this is some next level Florence Foster Jenkins bullshit. pic.twitter.com/JNHDvqKjSs
— Randy Rainbow (@RandyRainbow) February 9, 2018
— The Hill (@thehill) February 9, 2018
— Mediaite (@Mediaite) February 9, 2018
URGENT: Trump: "Sad" to hear about Porter allegations. "We wish him well." – Seriously? This is just wrong. Wrong. Wrong. Wrong.
— Carol Costello (@CarolHLN) February 9, 2018