It took the president a full week to publicly condemn domestic violence.
Recently, the president was quoted saying, “I am totally opposed to domestic violence, and everyone here knows that. I am totally opposed to domestic violence of any kind. Everyone knows that. And it almost wouldn’t even have to be said, so now you hear it, but you all know it.”
The statement was made in light of former White house aide Rob Porter stepping down on February 7, after two of his ex-wives accused home of physical abuse. Trump had a different reaction on the matter today than he did last week when he stated, “It was very sad when we heard about it and he’s certainly very sad. He also, as you probably know, he says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that, he said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent so you’ll have to talk to him about that.”
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. 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.