By now, we all know that one of the biggest threats to Donald Trump’s presidency happens to be his own Twitter account. At any given time, a statement that Trump makes can be contradicted by something he has said in the past, proving that Trump flip flops like it’s nobody’s business. Wife Beater Rob Porter is no exception.
Recently, Trump’s past came back to bite him in the a** when he defended his former White House aide Rob Porter, who recently resigned over spousal abuse allegations. Never one to shy away from defending those who abuse women (remember when Trump endorsed child rapist Roy Moore?), Trump said:
“I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it. We certainly wish him well. It’s obviously a very tough time for him. He did a very good job while he was in the White House. We hope that he will have a wonderful career.
He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent, but you’ll have to talk to him about that.”
Trump blatantly defended Porter and took his side, suggesting that his two ex-wives are lying about the allegations (and battered photographs). This is very different from Trump’s attitude in 2012, when he weighed in on the relationship between singers Rihanna and Chris Brown. After Brown had made headlines for beating up Rihanna, Trump went on Twitter to call out “beater” Chris Brown and said:
“If Rihanna is dating Chris Brown again then she has a death wish. A beater is always a beater – just watch!”
It seems as though Trump has clearly forgotten about that tweet, because his attitudes about domestic violence in 2018 are very different. This old tweet has resurfaced in light of his Porter defense, and he’s getting ripped apart on Twitter for it:
Trump deserves to get dragged for his defense of men who abuse women – although we’re not surprised. The president himself has a horrendous history of abusing and assaulting women, so he’s just protecting his own.
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