Trump’s Convenient Double Standard on Guilt and Innocence

Trump’s Convenient Double Standard on Guilt and Innocence February 10, 2018

Trump finally made a public comment about Rob Porter, one of his most important aides who was forced to resign this week after reports surfaced that he had committed violent assault on both of his ex-wives. Just as the White House was trying to recover from its appalling mishandling of the situation, Trump decided to show his concern not for the beaten wives, but for Porter:

Copyright: Jonathan Roland

Well, we wish him well. He worked very hard. I found out about it recently, and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well.

It’s a, obviously, tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career, and hopefully he will have a great career ahead of him. But it was very sad when we heard about it. And, certainly, he’s also very sad.

Now he also — as you probably know, he says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent. So you’ll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well.

This fits into a pattern, as my Facebook friend Scott Pilutik pointed out. It’s the same thing he did when Roy Moore was accused of trying to sleep with teenage girls in Alabama while he was an assistant district attorney in his 30s. “Look, he denies it,” Trump said. “He says it didn’t happen. And you know, you have to listen to him also.”

And he gives Vladimir Putin the same benefit of the doubt on interfering in last year’s election. “He said he didn’t meddle,” he told reporters after meeting with Putin. “I asked him again. You can only ask so many times…He said he absolutely did not meddle in our election. He did not do what they are saying he did.”

Now let’s contrast that with how he treats young black men accused of crimes who were proven innocent because of DNA? evidence. This involves the Central Park Five, young black and Latino boys accused of raping a jogger in Central Park. Trump had taken out a full page ad demanding the death penalty for them. But DNA evidence proved that they didn’t do it and a serial rapist who was already in prison for another rape admitted to the crime. Their convictions were overturned. And Trump’s response? “The police doing the original investigation say they were guilty. The fact that that case was settled with so much evidence against them is outrageous.”

So for those keeping score at home: If you’re a powerful white guy and Trump is on your side, nothing you are accused of is ever true, no matter how much evidence there is for it. But if you’re a powerless person with dark skin, you’re guilty of whatever he decides you’re guilty of even if the irrefutable scientific evidence says you’re not. Very convenient, don’t you think?

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