Soon after the White Residence staff secretary, Rob Porter, resigned in the face of accusations that he had abused his two former wives, President Trump tweeted in defense of men and women whose “lives are becoming shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”
“Some are accurate and some are false. Some are old and some are new,” he wrote on Saturday. “There is no recovery for a person falsely accused — life and profession are gone. Is there no such factor any longer as Due Procedure?”
The Twitter post was in line with a general pattern: Since he became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, Mr. Trump has defended a number of men accused of sexual misconduct, like himself.
Even before becoming a politician, Mr. Trump weighed in on allegations against properly-known men, though he did not constantly side with the accused.
Here is a history of the president’s responses to sexual misconduct and abuse allegations.
Rob Porter is ‘very sad now’
Mr. Porter announced his resignation on Wednesday right after the news surfaced that his two former wives, Colbie Holderness and Jennifer Willoughby, said he had been physically and verbally abusive.
The allegations, which Mr. Porter denied, have been reportedly identified to some men and women in the White Home, such as John F. Kelly, the president’s chief of staff. But Mr. Trump praised Mr. Porter when asked about him on Friday. “He worked quite difficult,” the president mentioned, adding that he was shocked by the allegations.
“He did a really very good job when he was in the White Home, and we hope he has a wonderful career, and he will have a excellent profession ahead of him,” he mentioned. “But it was really sad when we heard about it, and surely he’s also very sad now.”
Roy Moore ‘totally denies it’
In November, Mr. Trump defended Roy S. Moore, the Republican Senate candidate in Alabama, who had been accused of sexually assaulting and preying on teenage girls.
Mr. Moore denied the allegations, which dated back decades and dogged him throughout the campaign. He lost the race to Doug Jones, a Democrat, in spite of the president’s help.
“He completely denies it,” Mr. Trump said of Mr. Moore in November. “He says it didn’t happen. You have to listen to him, also.”
Bill O’Reilly ‘is a excellent person’
Bill O’Reilly, a host at Fox News, was forced off the network in April soon after The New York Occasions reported that five girls had received settlements following producing harassment claims against him.
The president stated from the Oval Workplace that Mr. O’Reilly, a longtime pal, ought to not have settled with his accusers.
“Because you ought to have taken it all the way I don’t think Bill did anything incorrect,” he said. “I feel he’s a individual I know nicely. He is a good person.”
Roger Ailes ‘helped’ his accusers
Roger Ailes, the chairman of Fox News who was ousted in 2016 after claims of sexual harassment by the former anchor Gretchen Carlson and other people, advised Mr. Trump before the presidential debates.
“I can tell you that some of the ladies that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them,” he said.
“And now all of a sudden they’re saying these horrible items about him,” he added. “It’s quite sad. Since he’s a very very good individual.”
‘How do you know?’
In March 2016, Mr. Trump defended his former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski against a battery charge soon after a reporter, Michelle Fields, accused him of grabbing and bruising her arm at a campaign occasion in Florida.
Mr. Lewandowski denied the charge, which was dropped two weeks later by a prosecutor.
Mr. Trump criticized Ms. Fields for in search of a response to queries following a news conference had ended. “How do you know these bruises weren’t there before?” he asked.
“Wouldn’t you believe she would have yelled out a scream if she had bruises on her arm?”
The ‘picture is genuinely bad’
Mr. Trump’s reactions to misconduct allegations have occasionally appeared to fall along partisan lines.
He criticized Al Franken, then a Democratic senator, last November following Mr. Franken was accused of groping girls. A 2006 photograph appeared to show Mr. Franken, who was then operating as a comedian, grabbing a woman’s breasts as she slept.
“The Al Frankenstien image is actually bad, speaks a thousand words,” Mr. Trump wrote on Twitter. “Where do his hands go in images 2, three, four, five & 6 even though she sleeps?”
Mr. Franken announced his resignation in December. “I, of all folks, am conscious that there is some irony in the fact that I am leaving whilst a man who has bragged on tape about his history of sexual assault sits in the Oval Office,” he mentioned.
Focusing on Bill Clinton
Mr. Trump has usually highlighted the accusations of sexual harassment and assault against former President Bill Clinton.
In the course of the 2016 campaign, Mr. Trump held a surprise news conference before a debate with 3 females who had accused Mr. Clinton of sexual misconduct. At the debate itself, Mr. Trump’s campaign attempted to location a group of the girls in seats in his V.I.P. box, right subsequent to Mr. Clinton and in Hillary Clinton’s line of sight from the stage. The debate’s organizers blocked the stunt.
Other famous instances
Just before Mr. Trump clinched the Republican nomination, he sometimes commented on high-profile cases of men who had been accused of misconduct, abuse or assault.
He famously referred to as for the death penalty for the Central Park Five, the black and Latino teenagers who were convicted of raping and assaulting a white woman in Central Park in 1989. (The men have been exonerated in 2002, but Mr. Trump insisted as lately as 2016 that they had “admitted they have been guilty.”)
In 1992, Mr. Trump said Mike Tyson, a pal whose boxing matches had brought crowds to Mr. Trump’s casinos, ought to not go to jail for a rape conviction, Mother Jones reported. “I do not know, following knowing Mike, I do not know how it did come about,” Mr. Trump mentioned. “But it was a jury. It was a jury verdict.”
In 2012, Mr. Trump tweeted about reports that Rihanna was back collectively with her ex-boyfriend, the musician Chris Brown, who had assaulted her in 2009. Mr. Trump wrote that Rihanna need to have a “death wish,” adding that “a beater is often a beater — just watch!”
And in 2015, Mr. Trump said in a radio interview that he believed the comedian Bill Cosby, who had been accused of drugging and sexually assaulting numerous girls, was “guilty as hell.”
Published at Sun, 11 Feb 2018 16:53:52 +0000