We shouldn’t be so disappointed in Trump. Frankly, we should have come to expect the callousness he displays daily. In fact, it’s honestly the norm now. However, defending wife beaters should never become the norm in a civilized society. Yet, here we are with a president who does just that.
After allegations came out that Trump’s top White House aide Rob Porter was accused of beating two of his ex-wives in the past, Porter denied the allegations but resigned from the White House. Chief of Staff John Kelly reportedly knew about the allegations for months and tried to defend him. Then, Trump wished his former aide well in some new career that we hope Porter will never have.
And then, Trump took to Twitter to talk about “due process,” which is something he knows little to nothing about. On Saturday, Trump tweeted:
‘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?’
Now, we could rip that to pieces and explain why every bit of what he tweeted was absolutely wrong and vile. However, someone did a much better job of it on Facebook Saturday and that was Dan Rather.
Rather pointed out first that the Porter scandal is not out of line with how the White House administration is run. Porter fit in quite well. Trump was accused by multiple women of assault. Because of the allegations which were made to the FBI first, Porter never received full security clearance. That’s also in line with others who are in and out of the White House without full security credentials. Then Rather noted Trump promised he’d bring in the best of the best to come in and run the country. This is what we’ve been left with.
‘It reminds everyone that:
– Mr. Trump too has been credibly accused of assault (by multiple women).
– there have been several other people close to Trump accused of sexual and physical assault.
– there are dozens of people working in the White House without full security clearances (including his son in law).
– a chief of staff who was brought in to create order is now spreading chaos.
– Mr. Trump’s vow to bring in only the “best people” to work with him rings hollow, and the administration is having a tough time finding people to work in the White House.’
Rather noted that living in such a world has caused Trump to become disconnected from actual reality. Anyone with any basic common decency and connection to real life would denounce someone who was accused of beating their spouse. Trump doesn’t.
‘He rails against the injustice of these “accusations” (this from a man who accused President Obama of being a foreigner). He talks about how “Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation” but says nothing about the WOMEN victims. What about the lives of these women? Have they not been “shattered and destroyed?” And what about the lives of all of the women (and men) suffering in domestic violence situations?’
Trump is absolutely complicit in supporting any spouse or partner who believes it is okay to hurt the other.
Rather noted, also, that this was a sad moment for America. People are actually questioning whether Porter should have resigned or not. It’s something that should have never been up for debate. But what can you expect from a country who had people defending a child diddling old man (allegedly) running for a Senate seat?
‘Debating whether credibly accused wife beaters should be allowed the honor (and that is what it is) to serve in the White House isn’t democracy. It’s madness – and a moment of sadness for the country.’
At one point in our society, we hoped our children would become great leaders and influencers. We told our children they could be anything, including the president of the United States. However, after Trump’s term, will we ever be able to look at the White House with an untainted visage of distrust, vulgarity, and toxicity?
You can check out the responses to Rather’s post below.
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