The scandal of now-resigned senior White House staffer Rob Porter has put the Trump administration in a panic, as the White House tries to recover from the several domestic violence allegations surrounding Porter and the fact that top administration officials are resigning left and right over the incident.
While the inside of the White House spins out of control with its own chaos, it would be nice if Trump and his right-hand man, Vice President Mike Pence, could actually agree on a message surrounding the abuse allegations against Porter. While it’s not surprising that statements from the Trump administration would be sloppy and uncoordinated, what is coming out of the mouths of Trump and Pence are completely different. Clearly, they haven’t talked this one out.
Yesterday, Pence gave an interview with NBC’s Lester Holt, where he distinctly said “there is no tolerance in this White House” for domestic abuse. This is VERY different from the message that Trump sent to reporters about how much of a “good job” Porter did and how the media should remember that Porter insisted he was innocent. Trump even wished Porter a “wonderful career.” These two opposing messages were sent within hours of each other!
While Trump defending men who abuse and assault women isn’t shocking, what is shocking is just how much Pence contradicted him. Either Pence really is that out of the loop in the Trump administration, or he’s going against Trump on purpose.
And this mess has continued into today. Proving that the Trump administration isn’t capable of keeping its stories straight, Trump once again insulted domestic violence victims and defended perpetrators. Earlier today, Trump tweeted:
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?”
Clearly, there is a major disconnect between Trump and Pence, or maybe Pence is trying to distance himself from his boss in order to save his own skin. Either way, this is definitely humiliating for Trump, to have his own VP make such a public statement in opposition of him. You can watch the Pence interview below:
EXCLUSIVE: Vice President Mike Pence tells @LesterHoltNBC that the White House has “no tolerance” for domestic abuse.
— NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt (@NBCNightlyNews) February 9, 2018
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