Porter’s Ex-Wife Blasts Sarah Sanders’ Response: ‘I Expected A Woman To Do Better’
During a press briefing on Monday, White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders struggled to defend Donald Trump’s decision to back former White House staff secretary Rob Porter.
Sanders drew criticism from Porter’s first wife who said she “expected a woman to do better.”
Colbie Holderness, Porter’s ex-wife who accused him of domestic abuse, wrote in an op-ed for The Washington Post on Monday blasting both Sanders and White House aide Kellyanne Conway’s comments about the allegations.
Holderness was taken aback by Conway’s comments on CNN’s “State of the Union” where she said she wasn’t worried for White House communications director Hope Hicks, who has reportedly been dating Porter, because she’s “rarely met somebody so strong with such excellent instincts and loyalty and smarts.”
Conway appeared to be insulting both of Porter’s ex-wives for not being strong.
“Her statement implies that those who have been in abusive relationships are not strong,” Holderness wrote. “I beg to differ.”
Holderness then educated Conway on domestic violence. She wrote that she, like other people in abusive relationships, struggled to recognize that she was in an abusive situation.
“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 blasted Sanders for her responses during the 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. “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.
“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.