Rob Porter’s ex-wife Colbie Holderness clapped back at Kellyanne Conway and Sarah Huckabee Sanders for seemingly giving Donald Trump a pass, saying, “I I expected a woman to do better.”
But I was dismayed when Conway, appearing on CNN’s “State of the Union,” went on to say that she does not fear for White House Communications Director Hope Hicks, who has reportedly been dating Porter. “I’ve rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts.”[…]
Borrowing Conway’s words, I have no reason not to believe her when she says that Hicks is a strong woman. But her statement implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong.
Conway’s statements were made as she was trying to address the good wishes that President Trump sent to Rob, along with his tweets seeming to call into question the allegations and the #MeToo movement overall. Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders again declined to say whether the president believes Willoughby and me. While I cannot say I am surprised, I expected a woman to do better.
Holderness’ op-ed came after Porter’s second ex-wife, Jennie Willoughby, slammed Trump in a blistering takedown after he implied that she was lying about the spousal abuse allegations.
“I can’t say I was surprised. But when Donald Trump repeated twice that Rob declared his innocence, I was floored,” Willoughby wrote in story published in Time.
“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.”
Colbie Holderness and Jennie Willoughby have written two powerful and blistering repudiations of Donald Trump and his penchant for siding with the abusers while attacking the victims. That’s unless the accused male is a Democrat or one of his critics.