White House staff secretary Rob Porter was pressured to resign amidst reports that he had abused one of his ex-wives. While the accusations were enough to move the public, President Donald Trump did not share that sentiment.
When President Trump quickly jumped to the defense of the accused former aide, former CBS News anchor Dan Rather came out swinging.
“Mr. Trump once again proves he is indifferent to the fate of anyone other than himself. This is a low for this country that is nothing about politics. We can debate tax cuts and immigration policy and how we fund education. We can disagree about the size of our military or the best balance for protecting the environment. That is democracy,” Rather posted to Facebook.
He added, “debating whether credibly accused wife beaters should be allowed the honor (and that is what it is) to serve in the White House isn’t democracy. It’s madness – and a moment of sadness for the country.”
It was tragically not surprising when Trump offered praise for Porter on Friday. The president stated that he hoped Porter would have a “great career ahead” and that he did a “Very good job” during his tenure with the White House. Trump added that it was a “tough time” for Porter, making no mention of the women specifically and offering no condemnation of domestic violence.
On Saturday, President Trump tweeted that lives are being destroyed by “mere allegation[s]” and seemingly argued that there is a lack of due process.
In his Facebook post, Rather also stated that the “Rob Porter wife beating scandal that has the White House under siege is a heat-seeking missile to the heart of many of President Trump’s biggest fears and vulnerabilities.”
Rather argued that the scandal would remind people that Trump has been accused of sexual misconduct by various accounts.
“Meanwhile the incredible cocoon of privilege and ego with which the President envelopes himself blinds him to the sheer horror of his statements in defense of Mr. Porter,” Rather said.
“He rails against the injustice of these ‘accusations’ (this from a man who accused President Obama of being a foreigner). He talks about how ‘Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation’ but says nothing about the WOMEN victims,” he continued.
Finally, in a series of questions, Rather asked, “what about the lives of these women? Have they not been ‘shattered and destroyed’? And what about the lives of all of the women (and men) suffering in domestic violence situations?”
H/T: The Hill