Vermin in the White House

It was not my intent to write about the scandals in the White House.  I did not want to touch that one with a ten-foot pole.  My reasoning in the beginning was that it was a topic better handled by the gossip rags, and that I needed to stick to policies and procedures, to what was being done today to destroy not only our nation, but our planet. My other reason was that I knew many others would dive into the story, and my voice was not needed in order for the story to be told.  I was wrong.  The deeper the muck gets, the more people are willing to turn a blind eye, saying, in essence,g “boys will be boys”, the more I realize this topic is important, for it defines the values, or lack thereof, of the people who we have placed in charge of our nation and by extension, our very lives.

How can we expect our leaders to make and uphold laws to ensure women are treated fairly and as equals, when it is clear that they, themselves do not believe in women’s rights?

In 2016, after solid evidence was presented that Donald Trump is a misogynist and an abuser of women, the people of the United States elected him to the office of president – the highest office in the land.  Then late in 2017, Roy Moore of Alabama ran for a seat in the U.S. Senate.  There is credible evidence that Mr. Moore sexually abused underage girls several years ago.  Donald Trump supported Roy Moore.  Roy Moore came very close to winning that senate seat, as some 650,436 people, 48.4% of the voters, voted for Moore.

Many have come and gone since Trump entered the Oval Office in January 2017, an extraordinarily high turnover rate, in fact.  But then just in the past two weeks, the muck got even murkier and took on a very nasty smell.

Robert Roger Porter was the White House Staff Secretary until last week when both of his ex-wives went public with  credible evidence that he had been guilty of domestic abuse.  Porter resigned his position on February 7th, but not before his immediate superior, White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, tried to talk him out of resigning.  But the real kicker?  Both John Kelly and White House Counsel Don McGahn had been aware of the allegations for quite some time … McGahn for over a year, and Kelly since last fall.  Yet, neither deemed his status as a wife-beater to have any relevance.

And what of Donald Trump, himself a sexual predator?

“He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent. So you’ll have to talk to him about that. We absolutely wish him well. Did a very good job while he was at the White House.”

And then, another shoe dropped when White House speechwriter, David Sorensen resigned amid allegations of domestic violence.  And Trump once again took to Twitter …

“Peoples [sic] lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation. Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused – life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?” – 10:33 AM – Feb 10, 2018

It should be noted that the lives he is so concerned about being “shattered and destroyed” are not those of the victims, but the abusers.

There is no doubt in my mind that both Porter and Sorensen are guilty as charged, else they would not have resigned without an argument, without a defense.  But there are two bigger questions here:

  1. How many more are there in the current administration? How many more with histories of domestic violence or sexual abuse?  Supposedly background checks are performed on any who are considered for positions in the administration, especially those who need security clearances.  It should be noted that Jared Kushner , Trump’s own son-in-law and advisor, still does not have security clearance after working in the White House for more than a year, likely due to the number of lies and ommissions he has told.  This is a breech of ethics, but seems to go unnoticed.  My recommendation after the past week is that we have an independent security firm do immediate and extensive background checks on every single employee in the White House, from the maid to the president.

  1. Why are people willing to overlook these crimes against women? Are we still believed to be second-class citizens? Why did nearly half of all Alabama voters ignore Roy Moore’s obvious character flaws and vote for him to become a major decision maker for the 330 million citizens of this nation?  Why do some 40% of people polled say that Trump is doing a good job?  Have we, as a nation, completely lost our values?  Judging by this situation, it would seem so. It would seem that ‘ethics’ is a word that no longer has meaning.

Here is a snippet from a recent interview with Kellyanne Conway on George Stephanopoulos’ show, ‘This Week’:

George: …And then he talks about mere allegations, people being falsely accused. So let me ask you again, does the president believe that Rob Porter is falsely accused?

Kellyanne: The president believes, as he said the other day, you have to consider all sides. He has said this in the past about incidents that relate to him as well. At the same time, you have to look at the results. The result is that Rob Porter is no longer the staff secretary. It is — it is — the president tells me that he learned just this week, when the rest of us did, what these allegations are, what — these pictures, the contemporaneous, police reports, the detailed information as having been provided to the FBI.

And we are all trying to process that against the person that we worked with for over a year. But this president has — I think he’s doing a great job for America’s women. We have to look at the full picture. You have 800,000 women took new jobs last year because of his leadership. You have women who work at over 300 companies now that are getting wages and benefits and capital investments happening within their own communities. We are a safer, more prosperous nation, that includes all of us, including the nation’s women because of Donald Trump’s leadership.

I call it ‘deflect and distract’.  Her facts are not even accurate, but to the purpose of this post, that is irrelevant, for Kellyanne, as we learned more than a year ago, deals in ‘alternative facts’. Kellyanne is a disgrace to women everywhere.  The larger issue is that she had no answer to the question asked.

Over the past two years, there have been many issues that should have been ‘wake up calls’ to the people in this country.  So far, none has, and I don’t imagine this one will either, but that doesn’t mean that I, or any other people who hold their values dear, will sit down and shut up.

35 thoughts on “Vermin in the White House

    • I have given this a lot of thought, and I think at least part of the reason that some are still in support of him is that to do otherwise would mean admitting that they made a mistake in November 2016. Some people have a hard time admitting they might have been wrong. Just my thoughts. I’m with you, he has wrecked our reputation abroad and I am ashamed of what our country stands for under Trump.

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        • Yes, two of the longest readers of this blog, Gronda and Keith, both switched from Republican to Independent iback in 2016, and have now both registered as Democrat. The problem with voting for a third party is that the odds are so stacked against them that there is almost no chance of them winning. An independent will not be allowed to participate in the debates unless they are polling at a certain level, and they will not even be on the ballots in many states. So, it’s rather a throw-away vote.

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  1. Dear Jill,

    Who are the guys who have been hanging around the WH but the racists, the Xenophobes, the misogynists, the liars and those who back men who are abusive to their spouses. We have the president, his Chief-of-Staff General John Kelly, Stephen Miller, Gene Hamilton and of course, Rob Porter. What you are looking at is a bunch of angry White men who can’t order the world to be the way they want it to be.

    The world has left them behind and frankly the world doesn’t care what they think.

    This is their last hurrah. They are a dying breed of losers, no matter how rich they are.

    Hugs, Gronda

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    • I sometimes wonder if the world left them behind, or if the progress we thought we had made wsa only an illusion. I do believe you are right, though, for there is quite a bit of outrage over the Porter situation and Trump’s handling of it, so perhaps eyes are beginning to open. And they criticized Obama for not wearing a lapel pin one day? Sheesh! Hugs!!!

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  2. A couple of points:

    1: Apparently the White House was warned about Porter as early as last March: White House Was Warned of Rob Porter’s Background Months Earlier Than Acknowledged

    2: Due process has to do with prosecutors and judicial proceedings. Porter resigned. If Porter required due process before resigning, then it was up to Porter to provide that due process to himself. Or, to say it differently, Trump doesn’t know what he is talking or tweeting about.

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    • Both good points. There is simply no excuse, no justification for Porter and Sorensen to have remained in their positions this long. But then, there is no excuse or justification for Trump to have remained in his position this long either. He talks about ‘extreme vetting’ for immigrants, but look at the trash he allows in his inner circle!

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    • I haven’t had a chance yet to look into the Oxfam scandal, but have only gotten bits and pieces. I do plan to dig deeper as soon as I can. But … vermin is vermin … no matter the size, it’s still vermin. Many hugs, dear Jack! 💓💓💓

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  3. I am so sad about this.
    I don’t understand how it came to this – women in particular not only tolerating Trump but supporting him, voting for him, after all they know. And these other men. Sick.
    BTW: someone pointed out to me the other day that whenever the media or we say ‘underage girls’ we are sending a misleading verbal message – they are in fact children.
    As the ‘Oxfam scandal’ unravels in the UK and Haiti and elsewhere, it is sad to see men joking about it and senior women resigning. I can only hope – there are at last signs of some men beginning to taking responsibility for challenging the dreadful behaviour of some of their fellow males. Not before time.

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    • Dearest Mary … it is sad, but more than that, it makes me so angry! You’ve heard the expression “one step forward and two steps back”? That’s how I feel about women’s rights, respect for women in this, the 21st century. You make a good point about the use of the term “underage girls” … I never thought about it that way, but I will stop using that term, for it does make it sound somewhat less heinous, and I believe in, as you taught me to say, calling a spade a bloody shovel!!!

      I have only the barest knowledge of the Oxfam scandal, as my reading of news has been necessarily limited of late due to my vision problems, but I plan to read more of it in the next day or two.

      Hugs, my dear friend!

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  4. An excellent post, Jill. You’re right, it is America’s values that are being undercut and violated at every turn. However, the fact that these scandals keep occurring makes the Democratic Party chances in November look very good. Hugs.

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  5. Jill, quoting conservative columnist David Brooks, from his sources, this White House is “equal parts chaos and imcompetence.” Too many people do not have security clearance, too many are not singing off the same song sheet and two many stories change. Yet, the FBI sent their report on Porter to the White House eight months ago, so DV abuse must be an acceptable character trait. Good businesses do not run this way, poorly managed ones do. Management has never been a strength of the man in charge. Keith

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    • PS- And, one more thing. Please ask the President is it due process to stiff a contractor, have them sue your company for back contractual payment and then you counter sue and overwhelm a small business owner as you have done hundreds of times. Due process must mean screwing people over to our dishonorable President.

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    • I love that phrase “not singing off the same song sheet. That ‘s a new one to me. Your analogy to well vs poorly run businesses is an apt comparison. So that leads me to the thought about what happens to poorly run businesses– they go OUT of business, or are taken over by other, more competent businesses. And so … ???

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  6. I read about a survey that shows this president’s supporters are a ” hopeless case ” and that’s terrifying. The president saying that if the US would be nuked by North Korea, he wished it’d be California. I was outraged that there was no outrage from the media. When there was a nuclear scare in Hawaii, he was out golfing , and the only thing he said was , that’s what you get from listening to fake news.

    I really don’t know where the US is going after this. It’s a terrifying thought.

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    • Well, I agree that Trump is a heartless abomination who should be quickly removed from his position of power before he destroys this nation. But … and perhaps I am a fool … I still believe that those who still follow him are undereducated, don’t understand many things, and greedy, but that they are not completely hopeless. I think they are wearing blinders and have fallen into the trap of believing everything he says, for to do otherwise would be to admit they made a mistake. But I keep thinking that sooner or later they must wake up and see the truth. Am I a fool? Perhaps.

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  7. Reblogged this on It Is What It Is and commented:
    ‘“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” Abraham Lincoln …
    Very well stated … ‘Over the past two years, there have been many issues that should have been ‘wake up calls’ to the people in this country. So far, none has, and I don’t imagine this one will either, but that doesn’t mean that I, or any other people who hold their values dear, will sit down and shut up.’

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