Wednesday, February 14, 2018

The President Opposes Domestic Abuse! Aren't You Glad To Learn That, Finally?

When the two ex-wives of White House aide Rob Porter accused him of domestic violence (including choking), we were first told that this was shocking new information for Trump's Chief of Staff John Kelly who, nevertheless, urged Porter to stay and fight the accusations. 

Porter resigned, but then we learn that he couldn't get security clearance because of these accusations and that Kelly may have been aware of them much earlier than he has stated.  So now some would like Kelly's head on a plate, with parsley.

Let's put this drama into a perspective by starting with Donald Trump and the kind of views he holds.  One example:

Even during his campaign Trump sent signals which suggested both that he was comfortable with physical violence (aimed against his opponents) and that his views of women left much to be desired.  

Put those together and you might just get the idea that Trump would secretly welcome men (probably only white men) with a history of domestic violence into his camp, that domestic violence might be a badge of proper masculinity in his circles.

In short, what else could we have possibly expected from the Trump administration? 

All the signals were there, easily read, and told us that the administration would not particularly care about what might be done to women*.  This may well have attracted many applicants for the Trump administration jobs who had questionable incidents in their pasts, because Trump signaled that his views agreed with their views.

After all that history and an eight-day silence after the Porter case came into light, Trump finally had to take a short break from tweeting** his support for the men accused of domestic violence to state that he, indeed, honestly, cross his heart, IS opposed to domestic violence!

So in this new Trump Reich we actually need a clarification on that issue!  But at least we don't have to worry over the e-mail problems of that crooked woman.

* And Trump's policies during the first year reflect those same values.   It's also possible that some of his support among white men in the 2016 elections reflected the clear signals that he would fight to return them to privileged positions.  To do that most cheaply would require just pushing women a few rungs down the power ladders.

** Due process obviously matters and so do the negative consequences on those falsely accused.  But note that Trump has not tweeted in support of the abused women or pointed out that abuse can destroy the lives of the victims.