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Sunday, April 22, 2018

Reprinted with permission from Shareblue.com

 

Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to once again defend an accused abuser.

A day after the second White House aide in one week resigned amid allegations of domestic abuse, Trump tweeted his concern about the accused — and remained silent on the plight of their alleged victims.

“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?”

This follows Trump’s full-throated defense of former White House aide Rob Porter, who resigned this week amid allegations of verbal and physical abuse — including photographic evidence — from two ex-wives and one ex-girlfriend. According to the Daily Beast, Trump has also privately expressed doubts about Porter’s accusers, despite seeing a picture of Porter’s wife with a black eye.

This is the disturbing norm for Trump, who has repeatedly defended accused abusers while casting their alleged victims as liars.

Most recently, Trump lined up behind accused serial child molester Roy Moore, who lost his bid for a Senate seat after the citizens of Alabama rejected him.

He has also publicly defended former Fox News chief Roger Ailes and former Fox host Bill O’Reilly against allegations of sexual harassment, and called Mike Tyson the victim after the former boxer was convicted of rape.

Of course, Trump has his own reasons for defending alleged abusers and accusing their victims of lying: 19 different women have accused him of sexual misconduct, and the official position of the White House is that all of those women are completely making up their stories.

Thus Trump’s immediate defense of other men accused of similar behavior is not surprising — but it is repugnant all the same.