It's tough to keep track of every scandal that emerges from the gaseous swamp of iniquity that is the Trump White House, but nauseating as the task may be, we try to keep up.
This week's debacle is one that would've resulted in a march on Washington complete with torches and pitchforks if it happened under the Obama administration but is currently eliciting less furor among Trump's base than the time 44 wore a tan suit.
It has to do with Rob Porter, the White House staff secretary who resigned this week amidst allegations that he brutally assaulted both of his ex-wives.
Despite the fact that Porter's first wife, Colbie Holderness, revealed a photo showing a black eye she'd suffered at the hands of her former husband, Porter is still receiving words of praise and support from his White House colleagues.
Senior officials were reportedly aware of the allegations against Porter long before they became public, but still defended hm and praised his accomplishments this week:
White House Chief of Staff John Kelly hailed Porter as “a man of true integrity and honor, and I can't say enough good things about him.”
Currently, Porter is dating Hope Hicks, the White House communications director who is known to be one of Trump's closest advisors.
On Thursday, one of Porter's battered exes gave a candid interview to CNN in which she cautioned Hicks about Porter's abusive ways.
“If he hasn’t already been abusive with Hope, he will," Porter's second wife, Jennie Willoughby, told the outlet.
"Particularly now that he’s under a lot of stress and scrutiny...I don’t think that he has done the self-reflective work to acknowledge this issue.”
Willoughby was married to Porter for four years and says their time together was characterized by “low grade constant terror."
"He has not gotten help,” she added.
"I don't think that he has really taken the time to deconstruct why it is that he behaves this way and until he's able to do that, I don't know that he has control over it."
Willoughby filed an emergency protective order against Porter after their first year of marriage.
She shared her harrowing tale of abuse in a 2017 blog post entitled "Why I Stayed."
Porter reportedly contacted her and asked her to revise the piece in order to "downplay" the abuse.
He has yet to respond to Willoughby's warning to Hicks.
We'll have more on this developing story as more information becomes available.
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