RNC spokesperson Kayleigh McEnany demonstrated on Saturday that one should never make claims in defense of President Donald Trump that can be easily debunked by video.
When White House aide Rob Porter resigned in the wake of domestic violence allegations against him, Trump jumped to his defense when asked about the situation by the media.
“We wish him well,” Trump began before digging himself a deeper hole.
“He worked very hard. I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well. It’s obviously a tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he’s also very sad. Now he also as you probably know, he says he’s innocent. And I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent. So you’ll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well. Did a very good job while he was at the White House.”
Not once did Trump mention the victims of the domestic violence allegedly committed by Porter.
When asked about Trump’s response on MSNBC, McEnany claimed that Trump has “hired women at record rates” and that “he’s empowered them throughout his administration.”
Of course, that’s bullsh*t. The Guardian recently reported on a study that found Trump is on pace to “assemble the most male-dominated federal government in nearly a quarter-century” as men outnumber women in nominations for top positions by a 4 to 1 ratio. And that’s not to mention Trump’s attacks on legal abortion and pay equality.
McEnany was not off to a good start, but her defense of Trump got even more embarrassing.
“I think his response was very much like the response of individuals when the Matt Lauer allegations came to light. We heard the Today Show hosts saying it’s hard to reconcile the person that came to work every day with the person that we’ve heard about through these allegations, very similar to the President’s response that it’s hard to reconcile a man who walked into the White House with the man who allegedly committed these atrocities.”
Here’s the video via MSNBC:
Except as Mediaite demonstrated, Today Show host Savannah Guthrie’s response to Matt Lauer’s sexual assault scandal was far different from Trump’s response to Rob Porter’s domestic violence scandal.
Guthrie was understandably “heartbroken” that her friend was fired and she was sad that he had abused his position with NBC. But she also acknowledged the victim who came forward, saying:
“I am heartbroken for the brave colleague who came forward to tell her story and any other women who have their own stories to tell.”
Here’s Guthrie’s response to Lauer’s firing via YouTube.
Again, not once did Trump say anything like that about the women Porter allegedly abused.
In fact, Trump doubled down on Twitter and suggested the women were making false allegations against Porter, whom Trump considers the real victim.
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
It should also be pointed out that Trump’s defense of Porter is part of a larger pattern that includes his defense of former Alabama GOP Senate candidate and accused sexual predator Roy Moore last year.
The moral of this story is that when it comes to defending Trump, his supporters will say anything, even if what they say can be easily disproven by accessing YouTube or Google.
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