Monday, February 12, 2018 at 6:48 PM

Ex-White House Staffer Rob Porter Is Not ‘a Domestic Abuser.’ He’s a Wife Beater!

Posted by Anthony L. Hall

White House staff secretary Rob Porter abruptly resigned last week. He was forced to do so after the Daily Mail uncovered a White House cover-up of his history of spousal abuse.

Two ex-wives reportedly told the FBI over a year ago that Porter abused them (physically, psychologically, and emotionally). One of them even produced an incriminating photo of the black eye he gave her. More to the point, the FBI immediately informed the White House of this alleged abuse.

Which means that the Trump administration allowed Porter to continue serving as the gatekeeper of the nation’s top secrets for nearly a year, knowing full well that he failed his FBI security clearance.

But nobody should be surprised that White House staffers defended Porter as if they were defending their pussy-grabbing boss himself. Nor should anybody be surprised that Trump could not resist providing his own self-serving support:

Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. … There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone.

— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 10, 2018

In truth, one can hardly blame staffers for showing so little concern about the national security risk Porter posed. After all, the personally and financially compromised Trump poses the biggest (blackmail) risk of all.

This prevailing fact renders all the indignant reporting on the timeline – establishing which staffer knew what when – much ado about nothing. The only relevant timeline is the one showing red flags of racism, xenophobia, narcissism, and misogyny, which spanned from the day Trump declared his presidency to the day voters elected him president of the United States.

That said, reporters and commentators are bending over backwards to avoid calling Porter a wife beater. Instead, they are calling him a “domestic abuser.”

I don’t know if they’re trying to be politically correct, or if they’re just too lazy to think twice about what they’re saying.

Either way, there’s a glaring flaw in using this term – cognitive dissonance notwithstanding. Because, in every other context, “a domestic” is a “hired household servant.” Ergo, a domestic abuser is one who abuses a household servant; and domestic violence can refer to abuse of both wife/husband/spouse and servant.

This is why, far from showing intended sympathy, reporters and commentators are unwittingly referring to Porter’s ex-wives as the household servants he abused.

Accordingly, I urge all to stop calling a man who beats his wife a domestic abuser. Call this spade a spade, namely, a wife beater. If that’s too harsh for you, spousal abuser will do.

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