President Trump praised a staffer accused of beating his wives stating, “We wish him well. He worked very hard. I found out about [the assault allegations] recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well. It’s a — obviously, tough time for him. As you probably know, he says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that.”
Rob Porter resigned as White House Staff Secretary after media reports that he assaulted two ex-wives. But this is not Trump’s first defense of accused abusers. In November, he defended Senate candidate Roy Moore against allegations of sexual assault of teenage girls.
When Fox News Chief Roger Ailes was fired for harassment, Trump defended him too, saying “I think [the allegations] are unfounded, just based on what I’ve read. Some of the women that are complaining I know how much he’s helped them. It’s very sad because he’s a very good person.”
When his campaign manager grabbed a reporter, who was asking Trump a question, he also defended the action. But considering he himself has been accused of assault by more than 16 women, his defense of men that have sexually abused women isn’t exactly surprising.