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Monday, February 12, 2018

President Trump on Saturday appeared to side with men accused of domestic abuse or sexual misconduct, following a week of turmoil surrounding allegations of spousal abuse against two male aides that brought the national #MeToo movement inside the White House. In a tweet, Trump questioned whether "due process" is being given to those accused of wrongdoing and expressed sympathy for their damaged careers and sullied reputations. "Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," Trump tweeted Saturday morning. "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused -- life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

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The brief message, which made no mention of the accusers, marks the president's most pointed response to the ongoing national reckoning with sexual harassment and abuse and put him seemingly at odds with a movement that in recent months has led to the downfall of several powerful men accused of abhorrent behavior.

But Saturday's tweet follows spousal abuse allegations against two Trump aides that roiled the White House over the past week. Both men left their posts despite denying the claims by ex-wives of physical and emotional abuse.

Trump did not mention the aides by name, and he did not specify what kind of "allegation" he meant. But the tweet seemed to respond directly to the departure Wednesday of staff secretary Rob Porter, whose two former wives publicly detailed abuse, as well as the departure Friday of speechwriter David Sorensen, whose ex-wife made similar claims.

Trump stressed to reporters Friday that Porter claims innocence, and he added that he hopes Porter "will have a great career ahead of him."

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"Republican strategist Katie Packer Beeson, who penned a column set to run Monday in U.S. News and World Report that she titled "Has the #MeToo movement gone #too far?," said she agrees with the premise of Trump's tweet but argued that the president is conflating two things; she said she does not think the sentiment applies to Porter and Sorensen, who have credible allegations made against them.

"I also think that in Donald Trump's very glossy world, wife beaters don't look like Rob Porter," she said. "Wife beaters look like big, hairy, sweaty men in tank tops, covered in tattoos who stumble home drunk and beat their wives. They don't look like fashion models. He can't accept that somebody like that might have a huge character flaw."

"It's unfortunate that the president's instinct never seems to be to side with victims. False allegations are rare, and due process is important, but in the wake of #MeToo, more survivors are feeling empowered to speak publicly," said Jodi Omear, a spokeswoman for the abuse victim advocacy group RAINN.

Trump has denied accusations from more than a dozen women that he has sexually abused them or behaved inappropriately.

"Believe me, she would not be my first choice, that I can tell you," Trump said during a campaign rally in North Carolina just before the election.

Days later, during a campaign speech near Gettysburg, Pa., Trump said: "Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over."

Trump never sued any of the women."

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-10 11:11 PM | Reply

Montel Williams‏ @Montel_Williams

Montel Williams Retweeted Donald J. Trump
CENTRAL PARK 5 YOU MISERABLE -------

Donald J. Trump‏ @realDonaldTrump

Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?
7:33 AM - 10 Feb 2018

#2 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-10 11:15 PM | Reply

Kirsten Gillibrand‏ @SenGillibrand

The President has shown through words and actions that he doesn't value women. It's not surprising that he doesn't believe survivors or understand the national conversation that is happening.

The lives of survivors of sexual assault and domestic abuse are being shattered every day. If he wants due process for the over dozen sexual assault allegations against him, let's have Congressional hearings tomorrow. I would support that and my colleagues should too.

#3 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-10 11:16 PM | Reply

Matthew Dowd‏ @matthewjdowd

The important thing to keep in mind in all this is Donald Trump wouldn't be able to pass an FBI background check and get a security clearance if he was a staffer at the White House.
10:43 AM - 9 Feb 2018

(Chief Political Analyst, ABC News)

#4 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-10 11:18 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 4

Trump is not addressing the women, he is addressing the due process for the men. It is political smack job to convert it to what trump said to be about the women.

#5 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-02-10 11:31 PM | Reply | Funny: 2

#4

NW

#5

Expected Deflection.

#6 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-10 11:33 PM | Reply

This from the dung heap that spent years falsely accusing Obama of a felony.

#7 | Posted by bored at 2018-02-10 11:42 PM | Reply

No the deflection is the article deflecting what Trump said to being about him hating women.

#8 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-02-10 11:45 PM | Reply

Crassus,

What due process is Trump talking about?

#9 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 12:11 AM | Reply

If you can't figure it out you shouldn't post until you understand the written words.

#10 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-02-11 12:45 AM | Reply

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Not getting into a stupid troll debate.

#11 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-02-11 12:45 AM | Reply

Trump is not addressing the women ...

But women heard his lack of empathy.

BTW, due process is a constitutional criminal law doctrine. It has nothing to do with the court of public opinion. Would you prefer this battle be fought in a courtroom? I seriously doubt the accused would.

#12 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-11 01:12 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 5

Errata: criminal

#13 | Posted by et_al at 2018-02-11 01:14 AM | Reply

But women heard his lack of empathy.

There was lack of empathy because he wasn't talking about them so they projected what they wanted to hear and didn't get it.

#14 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-02-11 01:43 AM | Reply

It shouldn't be in the courts now, but also it shouldn't be out for all the public to weigh in on.....it was a political smear for maliciousness.

#15 | Posted by Crassus at 2018-02-11 01:45 AM | Reply | Funny: 5

Even Kellyanne can't agree with TrumpCrassus.....

"White House adviser Kellyanne Conway says she was "horrified" by recent accusations that White House staff secretary Rob Porter abused his ex-wives, adding that she has "no reason not to believe" the women who came forward with the allegations.

"In this case, you have contemporaneous police reports, you have women speaking to the FBI under threat of perjury ... you have photographs, and when you look at all of that pulled together, Rob Porter did the right thing by resigning," Conway said on CNN's "State of the Union" on Sunday.

"I have no reason not to believe the women," Conway added.

www.cnn.com

Of course, she later indicates that Trump "didn't really" believe what he said.... you know, changing his diaper yet again.

#16 | Posted by Corky at 2018-02-11 12:52 PM | Reply

"If you can't figure it out you shouldn't post until you understand the written words."

That's not an answer, that's a deflection.

Let's try again.
What Due Process is Trump talking about?

#17 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 01:17 PM | Reply

It serves Trump's interest to obfuscate by choosing the term "due process" when it just doesn't apply.
But you can see why he does it. Look at who defends the despicable.

#18 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-11 01:26 PM | Reply

Crassus:

Nida Khan
@NidaKhanNY
Nida Khan Retweeted Donald J. Trump

Also, this is the man who took out full page ads in 4 major papers to 'bring back the death penalty' in NY against 5 black & latino kids who had not received 'due process' so spare me.

#19 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 01:32 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

^
Is that the Due Process Trump is talking about? The same Due Process he didn't give the Central Park Five?

#20 | Posted by snoofy at 2018-02-11 01:32 PM | Reply

Humpy Trumpy has never been much of a fan of "due process".

Or a supporter of the Civil Rights of women.

The fact is no one should be surprised that Trump's gangsta cronies are having a hard time getting security clearances.

#21 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-11 02:26 PM | Reply

It shouldn't be in the courts now, but also it shouldn't be out for all the public to weigh in on.....it was a political smear for maliciousness.

#15 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Welcome to the Big Show. Trump wants to lie and attack and attempt to destroy everyone that doesn't agree with him with a "scorched earth" philosophy?

You got it.

#22 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-11 02:38 PM | Reply

Trump is not addressing the women, he is addressing the due process for the men. It is political smack job to convert it to what trump said to be about the women.

#5 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Was he "adressing" "due process" when he incited his deplorable mobs to chant "Lock Her Up!"? Due process is for everyone. (everyone with 💰)

Hillary has been convicted of NO crime yet he was demanding she be Locked Up.

Hypocrisy

. hy·poc·ri·sy
həˈpäkrəsē
noun

the practice of claiming to have moral standards or beliefs to which one's own behavior does not conform; pretense.

Trump is a farting hypocrite. You know,we know it, everyone knows it. And it is fully documented for the whole world to see.

(farting was Siri's idea)

#23 | Posted by donnerboy at 2018-02-11 03:22 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Oh dear. Crassus has certainly had his 🍑 handed to him.

#24 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-11 03:34 PM | Reply

Trump is such a p o s.

#25 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-11 07:08 PM | Reply

Trump is not addressing the women, he is addressing the due process for the men.

Donnie Douchelord makes accusations all the time on Twitter without caring about due process. You don't complain about any of that, but here you are pretending that he cares so you care too.

#26 | Posted by rcade at 2018-02-12 02:17 PM | Reply

Trump is not addressing the women, he is addressing the due process for the men. It is political smack job to convert it to what trump said to be about the women.
#5 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

Am I the only one who knows that due process is tied to the judicial system? Or did I miss where Trump's aides have been arrested, charged, and convicted without being presented in front of a jury of their own peers?

Further, how is this a story at all without acknowledgement of the women accusers?

#27 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-12 02:37 PM | Reply

BTW, due process is a constitutional criminal law doctrine. It has nothing to do with the court of public opinion. Would you prefer this battle be fought in a courtroom? I seriously doubt the accused would.
#12 | POSTED BY ET_AL

Good, glad to see I'm not the only one here that understands this.

#28 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-12 02:40 PM | Reply

it was a political smear for maliciousness.
#15 | POSTED BY CRASSUS

What makes you so certain? Did you not believe the allegations against Billy Boy Clin-tone?

#29 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2018-02-12 02:41 PM | Reply

I'm sorry but Trump doesn't give a damn about due process when he doesn't like the results:

Donald Trump Says Central Park Five Are Guilty, Despite DNA Evidence

www.nbcnews.com

#30 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2018-02-12 02:46 PM | Reply

There is no process left due.

This case is clear.

#31 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2018-02-12 03:00 PM | Reply

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," Trump tweeted Saturday morning.

Donald J. Trump
@realDonaldTrump

The Al Frankenstien picture is really bad, speaks a thousand words. Where do his hands go in pictures 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 while she sleeps? .....
7:06 PM · Nov 16, 2017

twitter.com

#32 | Posted by ClownShack at 2018-02-12 07:52 PM | Reply

Trump is scum.

#33 | Posted by YAV at 2018-02-13 10:36 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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