The first wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter claimed that she had “expected a woman to do better” after press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders refused to answer any questions about whether or not President Trump believed the abuse allegations currently being held against Porter.
Colbie Holderness, one of Porter’s two ex-wives accusing him of domestic abuse, penned in a new op-ed for The Washington Post this Monday that she was thrown off by Huckabee Sanders and White House aide Kellyanne Conway’s remarks about the allegations.
Holderness claims that she was hurt by Conway’s remarks on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday. Conway declared that she wasn’t concerned for White House communications director Hope Hicks, who has supposedly 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 stated. “I beg to differ.”
Holderness added that she, like many others who suffered through abusive relationships, failed to recognize that she was in an abusive situation and to acquire the necessary strength to leave him.
“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 then went on to blast Huckabee Sanders for her lack of response to important questions during Monday’s 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. “He’s not taking a side necessarily.”
“Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders again declined to say whether the president believes Willoughby and me. While I cannot say I am surprised, I expected a woman to do better,” Holderness wrote.
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