White House feels #Metoo’s effect
because his white nationalist vision for Trump clashed with other aides.
Andrew Puzder, who Trump nominated to lead the Department of Labor, withdrew his nomination after both Republicans and Democrats rejected him, only in part, for some, on the basis of claims by Puzder’s ex-wife that he attacked, choked and hit her.
Few likely need reminding of Trump’s pussy-grabbing comments, but some may have forgotten that his ex-wife Ivana once claimed, and later retracted, that he raped her, or that more than a dozen women have accused him of sexual misconduct.
Clearly, the White House would have preferred to keep Porter — described in news reports as a pivotal gatekeeper to President Trump — since it already knew of the abuse allegations. That it felt it couldn’t should signal something about the power of this new focus on violence and harassment within sexual relationships, and sexual abuse and misconduct in the workplace.
Perhaps we’re seeing #Metoo infect even Trump’s administration, the whitest and most male in recent history, with the movement’s unflinching demands for consequences. Further evidence is needed, and given the pace of resignations and various accusations of abuse, it’s likely to come at some point.