6 Times Trump Defended His Friends of Physical/Sexual Assault and Harassment

President Donald Trump has an upsetting number of people in his orbit who have been accused of physical and/or sexual assault and harassment, and Trump is quick to come to their defense. His repeated message? Believe the men, who are all great people aside.

Is it any surprise that a man who was caught boasting on tape about sexually assaulting women and getting away with it because he’s rich and famous takes this stance? He’s managed to avoid accountability for the dozen plus allegations against him by just flatly denying, so he benefits from promoting a culture that reduces such claims to simple he-said/she-said matters.

Here is Trump defending his friends in his patented classy style:

1. BRETT KAVANAUGH

Most recently, Trump has come to the defense of his Supreme Court nominee, Kavanaugh. “This is not a man who deserves this,” Trump told the press, as if people of a certain clout should be immune to such charges. On another occasion he said, “He’s such an outstanding man, [it’s] very hard for me to imagine that anything happened.”

He labeled the entire accusation “very unfair” to Kavanaugh, acknowledging it’s prejudicial for this to come to light during his confirmation hearings… nevertheless they’re appropriately prejudicial if true.

 

2. ROB PORTER

After the White House got caught ignoring domestic abuse allegations by two of Porter’s ex-wives, Portman finally made an exit. Trump wanted to focus on praising the senior staffer on his way out, though. “We certainly wish him well,” he said. “It’s obviously a very tough time for him. He did a very good job while he was in the White House.”

As for whether he believes Porter’s ex-wives, Trump would only say, “He [Porter] says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that.”

 

3. ROY MOORE

Trump took a similar “believe the man” approach when supporting the senatorial candidacy of Moore, a man accused of sexually assaulting teenage girls whilst in his 30s.  “He totally denies it,” Trump said of the accusation. “He says it didn’t happen, and you know, you have to listen to him also.” Fortunately, the voters of Alabama weren’t nearly as trusting of Moore.

 

4. COREY LEWANDOWSKI

While Lewandowski served as Trump’s campaign manager in 2016, he got accused of battery by a rightwing reporter, Michelle Fields. Trump sided with Lewandowski, and even started posting conspiratorial photos of Fields possibly grazing Trump’s arm and saying he should sue her instead.

Furthermore, Trump refused to fire Lewandowski over the incident. “I can’t destroy a man,” Trump said. “He’s got a beautiful wife and children, and I’m not going to destroy a man for that.”

 

5. BILL O’REILLY

When leaked news of O’Reilly’s multiple settlements over sexual harassment surfaced finally pushed the Fox News host off the air, Trump was upset that such a thing could happen to a “good person” (that good person being O’Reilly, not the women, apparently) and added that “I don’t think Bill did anything wrong.” If Trump were O’Reilly’s lawyer, he also would have encouraged him to fight the matter in court.

 

6. ROGER AILES

Prior to that, Trump also defended the head of Fox News, Roger Ailes, who faced sexual harassment allegations from dozens of women himself. Of the incidents, Trump said, “It’s very sad because he’s a very good person.” Again, Trump’s focus was on the accused being the good person and how it’s sad that something happened to him. Trump also chose to emphasize how much Ailes had “helped” the same women who say harassed them, as if promoting them negated his actions.

 

Oh, and if you’re wondering if Trump ever takes the side of women in these cases, he sure does – provided the men being accused are Democrats. He’s attacked men like Anthony Weiner, Bill Clinton, Al Franken and Eliot Spitzer for their own scandals, and while they deserve every bit of criticism thrown their way, you can hardly call Trump down for the cause when his sole motivation is partisanship.

Photo Credit: Michael Vadon

62 comments

Ann B
Ann B19 days ago

surely no one is surprised???? MAYBE he will order Bill Cosby to do his sentence in the white house so they can have this type of discussions????

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Susanne R
Susanne R23 days ago

Paul B. - Here's all you need to know:

"The American Bar Association has urged the Senate Judiciary Committee and the full Senate to slow down the confirmation process for President Trump's Supreme Court pick, Judge Brett Kavanaugh, until the FBI has time to do a full background check on the claims made by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and other women."

Kavanaugh's peers don't agree with him and his Republican supporters, and yet they're going to proceed with the process as though the man is above reproach. Kavanaugh will never be respected or taken seriously until an investigation of these latest charges has been completed. It may be okay with you that an accused rapist and sexual predator will have a lifetime position on the highest court in the land, but it's not okay with me, and I'm willing to bet that it's not okay with other victims of sexual assault, most women, or with men who have any respect for women.

Let's have an investigation. What's the matter, Paul. Can't you handle the truth? In addition to living with the fact that I was sexually assaulted at the age of ten, I've had to live with the fact that my parents' silence probably allowed the filthy piece of garbage who assaulted me to assault other children.

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Mary B
Mary B24 days ago

Paul B , you are wrong. This is about like attracting like, not "living in glass houses". there is no comparison between Trump and and Ellison, Frankin and others who were accused. You just can't tell the difference because you, like the type of people you're defending have no ability to feel. That's why you people think you can get away with anything. You think the rest of us can't tell the difference either. And you think it's all just black and white, cut and dried. And if your dysfunctional ilk is the majority, it doesn't surprise me, but it does disappoint me .I can only hope that you all right wing defenders die off soon before you can do any more damage to the Earth, other people, animals and the working class economy where we are not all thriving in a high wage booming job market .

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Rhoberta E
Rhoberta E26 days ago

paul b
trump "denied" sleeping around on his wife and the 20 OTHER sexual allegations against him too.
Most of us know what a huge Pinocchio that was .
If you want to play the blame game and the "whataboutisms", look no further than your hero and HIS son.
Avoiding facts such as no investigation by an unbiased person or persons should actually be a clue to even you

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Paul B
Paul B26 days ago

Innocent until proven guilty is an American rule of law. His statements were early after mere allegations arose. Has he defended any of them after additional information came out? Trump has supported other women that Dems refuse to admit like Juanita Broderick, Ellison't accuser, etc.
Dems really have NO room to slam anyone after their defenses of Clinton and Ellison and every other Dem who has been accused of much more serious charges. Selective outrage is feigned outrage and should be treated as such. Ever heard the saying "People who live in glass houses..." That is exactly what Dems are like, living in glass houses throwing stones.
All Trump did was express his personal knowledge of these people, and the fact that you listed Kavanaugh on this list with ZERO supporting evidence and a host of conflicting evidence shows the total bias of this article and the writer. Anyone who has ever defended Clinton or Ellison should, as Hirono says "keep you mouth shut."

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Joan E
Joan E26 days ago

Alea, it's interesting that there are no specific qualifications for Supreme Court. I didn't know that. What I do know is that the Senators are supposed to hold hearings and ask reasonable questions and make thoughtful choices. Since the Republicans have been cheating their way to power via Gerrymandering, voter suppression, gutting the Voting Rights Act, refusing to hold hearings on Obama's Supreme Court nominee and other nauseating actions, now including standing tall for Kavanaugh with no concern for whether or not he's a rapist, we are truly ending up with Supreme Court Justices that literally HAVE no qualifications. We have to vote their slimy party OUT.

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Joan E
Joan E26 days ago

Trump stands up for his fellow rapists and pedophiles because he's a member in good standing of the Slimy Sexist Society. (And if that name doesn't happen to exist, it should.)

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Tania N
Tania N26 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Tania N
Tania N26 days ago

Thanks for sharing.

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Karen H
Karen H27 days ago

Trump is part of the "boys will be boys" club. Millennials are not accepting that. And they're of voting age. It'll be interesting to see what Trump is left with after the votes are counted.
Many millennials are asking: If it's decided Kavanaugh should not be held accountable for what he did as a drunken 17-year-old, what message does that send today’s 17-year-olds?

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