White House counselor Kellyanne Conway suggested that President Donald Trump defended Robert Portman – who has physically abused two of his past ex-wives – because the charges seemed unreliable or unbelievable.
Porter eventually was removed from his position in the White House, but not before the president decided to say that he was a “man of honor.” During an interview on CNN’s State of the Union, host Jake Tapper wanted Conway to expand on the president’s sentiments. Conway noted that the president made these remarks before the photos emerged of one of Porter’s past wives with a black eye.
Conway feigned shock and flipped the script, saying that “I have every reason to believe — you and I disagree on different issues, Jake — I have every reason to believe that you’re a loving, supportive husband. And it would be very hard for me to see otherwise.”
In a theatrical show of whataboutism, Conway suggested that she would be shocked and bewildered if allegations came up that made Tapper seem like an abuser. If something like that would’ve happened, Conway said that “I would have to realize, this is not the Jake Tapper I know.”
What Is WhatAboutism?
The Trump era has sprung forth a fascinating phenomenon: whataboutism. Instead of Trump and his supporters answering tough questions headfirst, they tend to bring up hypothetical scenarios and conjure up random people as a defense mechanism. We saw this when President Trump was pressed back in August after the Charlottesville white supremacist rally, where instead of tackling questions pertaining to Confederate General Robert E Lee, he asked about other statues of famous Americans.
You also see this with Trump supporters. Instead of tackling questions, they bring up Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, or other political figures that have nothing to do with the issue.
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