The White House is the Swamp
You just can’t make this stuff up.
White House Communications Director Hope Hicks is dating White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter.
Porter just resigned after being accused by both of his ex-wives of domestic abuse.
â€” Los Angeles Times (@latimes) February 7, 2018
The Intercept’s Ryan Grim tweeted these photos earlier today:
Senior White House aide Rob Porter physically assaulted two ex-wives, they tell @theintercept. Full story to come in the morning.
His first wife, Colbie Holderness, provided these photos from a vacation they took together in Florence, Italy: pic.twitter.com/tl3TbyGA8Y
â€” Ryan Grim (@ryangrim) February 7, 2018
Before Porter resigned the White House issued a statement in support of Porter, despite the graphic allegations that came with photos allegedly proving the reported physical domestic abuse.
Also issuing a statement supporting Porter was the office of Republican Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah.
As it turns out, Hicks allegedly helped draft the statements of support for Porter.
White House communications director Hope Hicks, who has been in a romantic relationship with Rob Porter, was involved in crafting the response to the allegations of domestic abuse leveled against Porter on Tuesday, two sources familiar with the matter tell me
â€” Jeremy Diamond (@JDiamond1) February 7, 2018
Some are wondering if Hicks drafted the statement from Senator Hatch â€“ more on that in a bit.
Here we go.
On Tuesday, Trump chief of staff John Kelly “strongly defended White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter against disturbing allegations, first published in the Daily Mail, that he abused his ex-wives,” Vanity Fair’s Gabriel Sherman reports.
“Yesterday,” Sherman continues, “Porterâ€™s second wife, Jennifer Willoughby, told the Mail that Porter called her a ‘fucking bitch’ on their honeymoon, and once pulled her naked out of the shower. In response, Kelly put out a statement calling Porter ‘a man of true integrity and honor’ and a ‘trusted professional.’ But shortly after Kelly rallied behind his colleague, Porterâ€™s first wife came forward with additional harrowing allegations.”
Colbie Holderness, who married Porter in 2009, told the Daily Mail that Porter punched her in the face and choked her, among other alleged abuses. The article included a photo of her with a black eye. â€œIt was not hard enough for me to pass out, but it was scary, humiliating, and dehumanizing,â€ she said. Porter told the Daily Mail that the allegations were â€œslanderous and simply false.â€
Sherman writes, “last week, [Porter] emerged when the Daily Mail reported heâ€™s dating White House Communications Director Hope Hicks.”
“In a series of crisis meetings, the statement was drafted by Hicks, White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders, and Kushnerâ€™s White House spokesman, Josh Raffel.”
But wait, there’s more.
In a statement Wednesday White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said,Â â€œRob Porter has been effective in his role as staff secretary. The president and chief of staff have full confidence in his abilities and his performance.â€
Politico reports White House Chief of staff John Kelly “was previously aware of the 2010 protective order, which prevented Porter from getting a full security clearance.”
So, there was an order of protection against Porter, and he did not have a full security clearance>
“As staff secretary, Porter handled every document signed by the president,” Politico reports.
That seems to be a problem.
Then there’s this from Business Insider.
“Sen. Orrin Hatch of Utah performed a remarkable about-face on Wednesday after the second major news outlet in a row published allegations of spousal abuse against Rob Porter, Hatch’s former chief of staff.”
When the Daily Mail approached Hatch for comment on the Porter allegations, Hatch berated the outlet for publishing the claims and praised Porter as “kind and considerate” and “principled.”
“It’s incredibly discouraging to see such a vile attack on such a decent man,” Hatch said. “Shame on any publication that would print this â€” and shame on the politically motivated, morally bankrupt character assassins that would attempt to sully a man’s good name.”
Later, Hatch “issued a remarkably different response.
“I am heartbroken by today’s allegations. In every interaction I’ve had with Rob, he has been courteous, professional, and respectful. My staff loved him and he was a trusted advisor,” Hatch said.Â “I do not know the details of Rob’s personal life. Domestic violence in any form is abhorrent and unacceptable.”
Some are wondering if Hicks drafted the first hatch response.
Orrin Hatch statement released by the White House was nothing like the one he later released. Hope Hicks is in charge of messaging & dates Rob Porter.
Trump’s statement by Stormy Daniels was later disputed by Stormy Daniels.
They’re just printing what they want at this point.
â€” Karen DaltonBeninato (@kbeninato) February 7, 2018
Another disturbing part of this story is Hope Hicks, who is dating Porter, may have fabricated a statement from a senator – Hatch – in defense of Porter. This regime has no respect for boundaries. https://t.co/ywnz2USjTZ
â€” Amy Siskind (@Amy_Siskind) February 7, 2018
If all this weren’t enough, The Washington Post’s Kathleen Parker, a conservative journalist reporting since 1977, is wondering how John Kelly let all this happen:
There he goes . . . Rob Porter, WH aide who allegedly abused two wives, has left the building. Now, what about COS John Kelly? The FBI conducted background check on Porter and White House knew about the allegations. Hello? Is anyone home over there?#RobPorter #HopeHicks
â€” kathleenparker (@kathleenparker) February 7, 2018
It’s only Wednesday.
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Former Trump Official Claims Biden Choosing First Black Woman Justice Bars ‘Hispanics, Asians and Gays’
A highly-controversial former Trump official is claiming President Joe Biden’s promise to seat the first Black woman on the U.S. Supreme Court is discriminatory.
Richard Grenell, who served as Trump’s Acting Director of National Intelligence, and as Trump’s Ambassador to Germany, was seen by at least one lawmaker in Berlin as a “biased propaganda machine.” On Thursday Grenell attacked President Biden by attacking another Democrat, former White House Press Secretary Joe Lockhart.
Lockhart served as President Bill Clinton’s White House Press Secretary. On Thursday he tweeted, “Ahead of the midterms, I look forward to watching every Republican Senator oppose the first black woman to the Supreme Court.”
Earlier in the day Grenell posted a similar tweet:
Asians, gays and Hispanics had no shot for a Supreme Court seat from Joe Biden.
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 27, 2022
Conservatives, including on the far right which Grenell has been accused of having ties to, have been falsely claiming it’s “racist” to choose a Supreme Court Justice who is Black and a woman.
Those same conservatives are apparently ignorant of the fact that smart presidents, like smart managers, create a Supreme Court team. There’s no such things as “the most qualified,” nor is there any way, any right way, to measure. Presidents, smart presidents, want justices who are young so they can have a decades-long impact on the nation and its future. They want great minds who are able to work behind the scenes to win over their colleagues. And, unlike Republicans, they want justices who have the lived experiences of more and more Americans –because the law is not stagnant, despite what the originalists and textualists falsely claim.
Here’s Grenell, attacking President Biden through Lockhart:
Joe Lockhart celebrates barring Hispanics, Asians and gays for a Supreme Court seat. https://t.co/gSQC8bprKU
— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) January 27, 2022
Some responses to Grenell’s tweet:
Being a woman and black doesn’t necessarily make one straight ….
— Alex 🏳️🌈 (@Sanvers_TV) January 27, 2022
So there are no gay black women? Idiocy, the GQP way.
— Snyder (@madgamecc69) January 27, 2022
God, you’re exhausting. Would a gay Hispanic-Asian-African-American liberal suffice for you then?
— Dominic Antonio Crossey (He/Him) (@DominicACrossey) January 27, 2022
How many of those types of people were on the Heritage Foundation list that your old boss picked from? How many of those were on his short list? Maybe I missed the multicultural open call for the last three.
— just Todd (@ToddBergman) January 27, 2022
Christian Nationalist Home-Schooling Podcaster Running for Congress to Bring ‘The Name of God’ Back Into Politics
Early in 2021, Christian nationalist home-schooling advocate, author, and podcaster Heidi St. John launched a bid for U.S. Congress in Washington state’s 3rd Congressional District. Outraged by incumbent Republican Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler’s vote to impeach former President Donald Trump in the wake of the Jan. 6 insurrection at the Capitol, St. John decided to try and unseat her in the GOP primary by appealing to MAGA voters, denouncing public libraries as “evil organizations,” and pledging to “be a mom for America.”
Earlier this month, St. John appeared on the “Stand Up For The Truth” podcast, where she sounded Seven Mountains and Christian nationalist themes that have been central to her campaign, describing politics as “a spiritual battle” and vowing to “bring back the name of God into the political sphere.”
“[Politics is] in my blood,” St. John said. “And I think it should be in the blood of every Christ follower. Politics determined policy, and it is policy that has murdered 63 million of our unborn in this country. It is policy that has gotten us into the mess that we are in as a nation, and we need wise people and godly people to ascend to positions of authority in the nation.”
“What we’ve observed over years and years and years is a church deciding to pull itself out of arguably one of the most important aspects of the culture, which is determining our laws and determining the policy that governs the people here,” she continued. “Christians belong in every sphere of influence. We have a command to be strong and courageous. [God] did not say, ‘Be strong and courageous except for in the political sphere, stay out of that one.’ No, we belong in every sphere of influence. We belong in medicine. We belong in entertainment. We belong in education. And we belong in politics.”
“[Christians] should be canvassing, they should be helping clean up the voter rolls, they should be running for positions of authority in every sphere of influence,” St. John added. “We bring back the name of Jesus, we bring back the name of God into the political sphere and we say out loud, ‘What is the biggest problem in our country? We have turned away from God.’”
“This is a spiritual battle,” St. John declared. “We know that we serve the Lord of Heaven’s armies. We serve the creator of the universe, the one who spoke the world into being. He can do anything. And I think he’s calling his people back out of hiding and out of the shadows and into the battle and onto the battlefield.”
This article was originally published by Right Wing Watch and is republished here by permission.
Justice Breyer’s Decision to Quote Gettysburg Address and ‘Civil War’ in Retirement Remarks ‘Not by Accident’: Experts
During his unscripted remarks with President Joe Biden at a White House event Thursday to announce his retirement, Justice Stephen Breyer made very specific mention of Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, quoting from the iconic president’s famous Civil War-era speech (video below.)
Bloomberg White House reporter Jennnifer Epstein observed the Justice, who will have served for 28 years on the nation’s highest court, held up a copy of the Constitution at one point as he was speaking.
Breyer holds up his pocket Constitution as he discusses his service on the Supreme Court and his retirement plans pic.twitter.com/8YdBRWE932
— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) January 27, 2022
“Please listen carefully,” NBC News Presidential Historian Michael Beschloss urged. “Not by accident did Justice Breyer, in appearance with President Biden, quote Lincoln saying that the nation was ‘engaged in a great Civil War’ and remind us that the American system is always an experiment whose survival must never be taken for granted.”
Former U.S. Acting Solicitor General Neal Katyal calls Breyer’s remarks “brilliant,” and also notes his civil war remarks were not by accident.
A brilliant speech by Justice Breyer just now. It cannot have been an accident that he singled out Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address and the lines about civil war.
— Neal Katyal (@neal_katyal) January 27, 2022
Leah Litman, an assistant professor of constitutional law at the University of Michigan observed, “Justice Breyer seems to be … pointedly talking about threats facing the country. and about how future generations will determine and see whether this experiment succeeds.”
The LA Times’ White House reporter Eli Stokols says Justice Breyer was “suggesting America’s still engaged in ‘a civil war’ but expressing optimism that the democratic experiment will endure.”
BREYER: “People have come to accept this Constitution and … the importance of a rule of law … we are now engaged in a great civil war to determine whether that nation or any nation so conceived and so dedicated can long endure … I am an optimist and I’m pretty sure it will.” pic.twitter.com/9sVo5DKA2d
— JM Rieger (@RiegerReport) January 27, 2022
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