Trump’s History of Defending Men Accused of Hurting Women

After the White House staff secretary, Rob Porter, resigned in the face of accusations that he had abused his two former wives, President Trump tweeted in defense of people whose “lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation.”

“Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new,” he wrote on Saturday. “There is no recovery for someone falsely accused — life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?”

The tweet was in line with a general pattern: Since he became the Republican presidential nominee in 2016, Mr. Trump has defended several men accused of sexual misconduct, including himself.

Even before becoming a politician, Mr. Trump weighed in on allegations against well-known men, though he did not always side with the accused.

The allegations, which Mr. Porter denied, were reportedly known to some people in the White House, including John F. Kelly, the president’s chief of staff. But Mr. Trump praised Mr. Porter when asked about him on Friday. “He worked very hard,” the president said, adding that he was surprised by the allegations.“He did a very good job when he was in the White House, and we hope he has a wonderful career, and he will have a great career ahead of him,” he said. “But it was very sad when we heard about it, and certainly he’s also very sad now.”

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