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After a holiday hiatus, Julie and I finally return to catch up with each other and discuss Rob Porter’s resignation, the #MeToo movement and feminism, and Mustangman getting stabbed in downtown Portland (he’s ok, folks) by a man who said Taylor Swift told him to do it. Preview Open

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The Anti-Porter Conspiracy

 

I’m having trouble understanding why Rob Porter had to resign his job as White House staff secretary (the person who manages the paper flow in the West Wing). Yes, yes, he was credibly accused of domestic abuse by two ex-wives. One produced a photo of her black eye and bruised cheek, the other had phoned 911 when he allegedly punched through the glass of her front door (they were separated) in an effort to break into her house. She obtained a protective order against him.

Well, come on, nobody’s perfect. We don’t expect saints to work in the White House, do we? He was a staff secretary, not a pastor. It’s a tough business. Besides, by all accounts, Porter performed his job very well. Chief-of-Staff John Kelly vouched for him (at first), telling the Daily Mail that “Rob Porter is a man of true integrity and honor, and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.” Sarah Huckabee Sanders was equally effusive: “I have worked directly with Rob Porter nearly every day for the last year, and the person I know is someone of the highest integrity and exemplary character. Those of us who have the privilege of knowing him are better people because of it.”

I cite these encomia not to point fingers at White House officials for condoning Porter’s private behavior. They may in fact have been unaware of the charges against him. Some sources have said that Porter skillfully minimized the accusations when explaining to his colleagues why his security clearance was withheld. After praising him to the skies on Tuesday, General Kelly revised his position on Wednesday, saying that he was “shocked” by the allegations. “There is no place for domestic violence in our society,” Kelly added, but “I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation.”