Ex-wife of Rob Porter rips top women on Trump staff
An ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter lashed out at the Trump administration for their reaction to the fallout over the assault allegations that led to Porter’s dismissal.
In an op-ed for the Washington Post, Colbie Holderness slammed White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders for dodging questions about President Trump’s position on Porter while arguing with the assumption that “strong” women can’t be assaulted.
“White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders again declined to say whether the president believes [Porter’s second ex-wife Jennifer] Willoughby and me,” Holderness wrote in the Washington Post.
“While I cannot say I am surprised, I expected a woman to do better.”
Holderness took particular issue with White House counselor Kellyanne Conway.
During an appearance on CNN, Conway claimed that Porter’s current girlfriend, White House communications director Hope Hicks, is immune to Porter’s abuse because she is “strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts.”
“I beg to differ,” Holderness countered. “Recognizing and surviving in an abusive relationship takes strength. The abuse can be terrifying, life-threatening and almost constant.”
She went on to detail the abuse she allegedly suffered at the hands of the former White House official and encouraged others who have suffered a similar nightmare.
“Victims are often with their abusers for long periods of time,” she wrote.
“They marry them, become financially intertwined with them, have children with them. There are many reasons people find it difficult to leave. The bottom line is, it takes strength to pull yourself away and start over.”