The President’s Press Secretary was forced to defend President Trump’s open defense of sexual predators and domestic abusers this morning, faced with an angry press demanding answers for the following tweet:
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
Sarah Huckabee Sanders took to the podium this afternoon and was immediately barraged with questions over the president’s remarks and how it took so long for staff secretary Rob Porter to be fired even though the transition team had been made well aware of his crimes nearly a year before.
Sanders argued that “all allegations need to be thoroughly investigated…above all, the president supports the victims of domestic violence and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process.”
But the press didn’t buy that. CNN’s Jim Acosta immediately pounced, asserting there was a “tone deafness” to her remarks.
“Why haven’t we heard the president say what you said right there, that he takes domestic violence very seriously?” asked ABC’s Cecilia Vega. “He has not said it. Why has he not said it?” demanded to know another reporter.
Huckabee continued to spout different versions of the same response, arguing that she was the President’s mouthpiece and that he “literally” dictated the statement to her – but no matter her protestations to the contrary, the President’s silence is deafening.
The president’s complaining about “due process” is particularly infuriating because he once took out a full-page ad in the New York Times – the one time Donald Trump has ever spent money on anything that didn’t directly benefit himself – calling for the execution of the Central Park Five, a group of black teenagers who were falsely accused and wrongly convicted of raping jogger Trisha Meili.
It’s obvious that the President doesn’t actually care about “due process” or about women’s rights one way or another, or he would never have let this situation develop in the first place.
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