At Monday’s press briefing, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders was overwhelmed by questions about how Trump has handled Rob Porter‘s removal from the White House over his alleged domestic violence against multiple women. (See video below)
Many of the journalists wanted answers about how many White House staffers knew of the accusations against Porter, as well as how Trump can justify his recent statement diminishing the women.
Sanders insisted that the White House only became aware of Porter’s embattled past last Tuesday, and she insisted that the administration “takes domestic violence very seriously and believe all allegations need to be investigated thoroughly.” Sanders continued to echo Trump’s call for “due process”:
The president and the entire administration take domestic violence very seriously, and believe all allegations need to be investigated thoroughly. Above all the president supports victims of domestic violence, and believes everyone should be treated fairly and with due process.
As Splinter pointed out, this is obviously not true, since Trump has repeatedly defended Porter and said nothing at all about the women who say Porter repeatedly abused them. Huckabee Sanders was then asked the obvious question: Why wouldn’t the president just come out and say that himself if he believed it so strongly?
I spoke with the president and those are actually his words that he gave me directly today. It’s my job to speak on behalf of the president. I spoke to him and he gave that message directly to me and I read it directly to you.
Another reporter asked,
Why not use this as an opportunity to say something like that? Why does he have to speak through you?
The president has ben clear multiple times through myself and others in the administration that we condemn domestic violence.
“He has not said it,” the reporter pressed. “Why has he not said it?”
“I’m the spokesperson for the White House and the president,” Sanders shot back. “And I’m saying it to you right now.”
He said that he wishes Porter well and people should have due process. But he hasn’t addressed the victims of domestic violence.
He literally dictated that statement to me. And so I’m not sure how that’s not the president speaking.
It was as if she were a malfunctioning robot from Westworld or the Stepford Wives, repeating the same thing over and over more stridently. Most of the reporters half expected to see sparks shooting out of her ears.
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