Rob Porter’s ex-wife Jennie Willoughby clapped back at Donald Trump for calling her a liar in defense of his former White House aide: “I was floored.”
Willoughby wrote in a story published in Time, that “I can’t say I was surprised. But when Donald Trump repeated twice that Rob declared his innocence, I was floored.”
“There it is again. The words “mere allegation” and “falsely accused” meant to imply that I am a liar. That Colbie Holderness is a liar. That the work Rob was doing in the White House was of higher value than our mental, emotional or physical wellbeing. That his professional contributions are worth more than the truth. That abuse is something to be questioned and doubted.”
“Everyone wants to talk about how Trump implied I am a not to be believed. As if Trump is the model of kindness and forgiveness. As if he readily acknowledges his own shortcomings and shows empathy and concern for others. I forgive him. Thankfully, my strength and worth are not dependent on outside belief — the truth exists whether the President accepts it or not.”
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?”
Trump calling Willoughby a liar is not surprising, even though it’s despicable. He called Gold Star widow Myeshia Johnson a liar for backing up Rep. Frederica Wilson’s remarks that he disrespected her during a phone call about her husband, Sgt. La David Johnson, who was called, along with three other Green Berets in an ambush in Niger. Trump has called everyone who hits back at him liars.
The 16 women who accused Trump of sexual misconduct have never had the same due process he wants for Rob Porter and David Sorensen. He did not afford the Central Park 5 due process when he advocated for the death penalty in their case and offered no apology when they were exonerated. He offered no due process to former President Barack Obama when he falsely accused him of wiretapping his phones in Trump Tower.