It hardly seems shocking any more when we learn there is yet another misogynist in the inner circle of the Fourth Reich at the White House. Yes, we’re talking about the news that White House Advisor Rob Porter is a serial wife beater and abuser.
“White House staff secretary Rob Porter, a mostly unknown but deeply influential aide who spends almost every day by President Donald Trump’s side, said Wednesday he plans to resign following abuse allegations from his ex-wives.
“In a pair of reports published by the Daily Mail, Porter’s two ex-wives detailed episodes of alleged verbal and physical abuse. The Daily Mail published a copy of a protective order obtained by Porter’s second wife in 2010, and later published photographs of Porter’s first wife with a black eye she said came from Porter punching her.”
There are, of course, denials, and testimonials to Porter’s fine nature (chief of staff John Kelly and Porter’s former boss Orrin Hatch), but the picture does paint a thousand words and most of ’em include you fucking monster.
News reports include that the FBI found out all this stuff when they were doing background checks for Porter’s security clearance (we assume he must have been given. I think everyone on staff has to have a minimum level of security to come in contact with the president), but it did not stop Porter from getting the job. Methinks being a certifiable member of the He-Man, Woman-Haters Club is probably a plus in Trumplandia, and not a minus.
The fish rots from the head.
UPDATE 1: Tiger Beat tells us that maybe John Kelly regrets his previous, full-throated defense of now notorious wife beater Rob Porter.
“White House chief of staff John Kelly said late Wednesday that he was ‘shocked’ by domestic abuse allegations against staff secretary Rob Porter – more than 24 hours after being quoted on the record defending Porter in an initial report. ‘I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society,’ Kelly said in a statement issued after-hours by the White House.
“Kelly continued, ‘I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation. I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition.’”