In the fallout from the Rob Porter scandal, in which the White House aide resigned after his ex-wives and an ex-girlfriend came forward with allegations (and proof) of domestic abuse, Vice President Mike Pense gave a stern, solid statement that “there is no tolerance in the White House” for domestic violence.
He must have missed the memo.
President Trump defended Porter (along with speechwriter David Sorensen who also resigned for domestic assault allegations). “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,” Trump tweeted. “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”
And that’s not including the many Trump aides and surrogates who went to every news media outlet this morning to defend Porter. Kellyanne Conway even appeared on two shows, meaning they are so desperate for spin they cloned the queen of “alternative facts” (or she just jumped from one interview to another).
But it was during Sunday Morning with CBS News chief White House correspondent Major Garrett when the spin finally spun out of control. Enter Rand Paul.
Garrett asked Paul if he could reconcile both Pence and Trump’s views on domestic abuse. Paul responded that a man giving his wife a black eye is really “complicated.”
“You know it’s difficult for me to get involved other than to say there is absolutely no place for domestic violence in our world,” he started, before adding a “however” statement that completely undermines his opening.
“And then beyond that, I will say that there is complicated things, and somebody has to — I mean, if you’ve ever been to family court with ‘he said’ and ‘she said,’ and I’m not saying that I’m denying what these women are saying. I’m just saying that these things are very, very complicated. If you go to family court and you’re a family court judge, you talk about a very, very difficult job.”
Yes, it can be very complicated especially when there is photographic evidence.
Paul continued, “With that being said, I don’t want anyone to believe I’m making excuses; there is no excuse for domestic violence.”
Paul is like a dog running back and forth between two people claiming to be owners. Pence is yelling “no excuse,” and Trump is yelling “false allegations.” Paul is the dog so torn and confused that he just sits in the middle and ruins the pees on the floor.
But that’s the state of the Republican Party. They are so desperate to please Trump that they are willing to humiliate themselves and defend a man who abused two wives and a girlfriend. For everyone else, it’s not complicated at all. Porter and Sorenson should have never stepped foot in the white house, let alone have a president defend them.