Republican Senator Criticizes John Kelly For Defending A Wife Beater

Kennedy criticizes Kelly

Senator John Kennedy (R-La.) criticized White House Chief-of-Staff John Kelly on Thursday morning for defending a White House aide accused of domestic abuse.

Earlier this week both of White House Staff Secretary Rob Porter’s ex-wives revealed that they had suffered abuse during their marriage to Porter.

In his initial response, Kelly stood by Porter, calling him “a man of true integrity and honor.”

I can’t say enough good things about him,” Kelly said. “He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him.”

Both of Porter’s ex-wives detailed the abuse during an interview with CNN, complete with a photograph of Colbie Holderness with a black eye allegedly caused as the result of a physical attack by Porter.

Porter resigned from his post and denied the allegations.

But John Kelly has faced heavy criticism since defending an alleged wife-beater, even from Republicans, especially since it has been revealed that he reportedly knew about the domestic abuse allegations for quite some time now.

Louisiana GOP Senator John Kennedy appeared on CNN Thursday, and when he was asked about the situation, he did not agree with what Kelly did.

“They appear to be the truth,” Kennedy said of the allegations against Porter.

If you want to serve the public, particularly as a member of the president’s staff, I don’t care who you are,” Kennedy continued. “Even if you are a Rhodes Scholar, you can’t beat the hell out of your spouse. It’s wrong.”

CNN host John Berman reminded Kennedy of Kelly’s second statement after Porter resigned saying that he was “shocked” by the allegations even though he knew about them months before and said, “there is no place for domestic violence in our society.” However, Kelly continued to stand by his previous praise of Porter. Basically, Kelly tried to have it both ways.

Sometimes, good people make bad decisions,” Kennedy responded.

But Kennedy also tried to have it both ways by insisting that Kelly is a “good person” despite his decision to defend an alleged wife beater.

Here’s the video via YouTube.


One would think that everyone in the White House would have learned not to support domestic abusers by now, especially after the drubbing Republicans received after they continued to support former Alabama GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore despite multiple allegations of sexual assault against him.

Then again, Steve Bannon’s ex-wife filed charges against the then editor of Breitbart, and that did not keep Trump from bringing him on as a Senior Adviser. Nor did Trump’s hot mic admission to sexually assaulting women because “when you’re a star, they let you do that.”

Clearly, President Donald Trump and his administration have no problem supporting domestic abusers and sexual predators, which demonstrates just how little this White House respects the victims of such abuse.

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