Clearly, Republicans just don’t get it when it comes to the topic of domestic abuse.
First we had the White House only hesitantly agreeing to fire former staff secretary Rob Porter for physically assaulting his ex-wife. Then, over the weekend, Trump took to Twitter and posted this steaming pile of horseshit:
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?
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018
It really shouldn’t surprise us that Trump would defend assholes who beat their wives when you consider that he’s been accused of sexual assault by 13 different women over the years.
Monday morning, GOP Rep. Mo Brooks of Alabama managed to compound the situation when CNN host Chris Cuomo asked about how the White House had handled the Porter situation. Brooks replied:
“All too often there’s a rush to judgment. I’m a graduate of Duke University. I remember very well that Duke lacrosse team.”
Cuomo told Brooks:
“I don’t understand the parallels to the current situation. If somebody comes to you, Mo, and says, ‘This woman got a black eye. There is an order of protection, and there is another woman who echoes the same kind of sentiments about this situation,’ that’s not nothing.
“I’m not talking about someone just coming forward and saying, ‘I don’t like the way Mo Brooks is treating me at the office,’ and has nothing else to support it. This was real. And it was ignored to support somebody that the White House liked.”
Clearly caught off-guard by the perfect logic of what Cuomo had just said, Brooks finally managed to blurt out:
“Chris, to me, this is sort of soap opera news, I’m not in a position—”
Cuomo cut in to ask:
“Domestic violence is ‘soap opera news’?”
Brooks then compounded what he’d already said with a very Trumpian reply:
“I haven’t looked at the evidence. I haven’t talked to a single witness that has personal knowledge. And I really much prefer, if I’m going to be on your show, to talk about public policy. When you talk about personal matters or what’s going on behind closed doors in a marital relationship, that I know nothing about, I’m just not comfortable commenting on that.”
The GOP has become the party of excuses for the most reprehensible behavior imaginable.