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Rob Porter's First Wife 'Expected Better' From WH Women

(CNN's "State of the Union")

By    |   Monday, 12 February 2018 10:39 PM

Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter's first wife — whose photo of a black eye he allegedly gave her rattled the White House — lashed out at Trump administration women who have spoken out on the scandal, saying she "expected a woman to do better."

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Colbie Holderness, Porter's first wife and one of two exes who have accused him of domestic abuse, criticized White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway for their responses.

Holderness said she was taken aback by Conway's comments on CNN's "State of the Union," when she said she was not worried for White House communications director Hope Hicks, who has reportedly been dating Porter, because she has "rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts."

"Her statement implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong," Holderness wrote. "I beg to differ."

Holderness wrote she, like other people in abusive relationships, struggled to recognize the situation — and to gather the strength to leave.

"I walked away from that relationship a shell of the person I was when I went into it, but it took me a long time to realize the toll that his behavior was taking on me," she wrote.

She also derided Huckabee Sanders for her response to questions about President Donald Trump's response to the scandal during a Monday press briefing.

"Supporting due process for any allegation is not tone deaf, I think it is allowing things to be investigated and a mere allegation not be the determining factor," Sanders said, adding Trump is "not taking a side necessarily."

"Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders again declined to say whether the president believes [Porter's second ex-wife, Jennifer] Willoughby and me. While I cannot say I am surprised, I expected a woman to do better," Holderness wrote.

“But Conway and I definitely agree on one thing she said during that interview: There’s a stigma and a silence surrounding all these issues. . . . Those who are in a position to do something about it ought to,” she wrote.

Porter resigned from the White House last week after Holderness and Willoughby accused him of domestic abuse.

But Trump raised eyebrows after Porter’s resignation when he said he had a "great career ahead of him” and that “we wish him well.” 

He also raised questions about a lack of due process in the claims in a tweet Saturday, saying that "peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation."

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Former White House staff secretary Rob Porter's first wife wrote in The Washington Post, lashing out against women in the White House, saying she "expected a woman to do better."
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