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Kurtz: A disturbing conversation on spousal abuse
‘MediaBuzz’ host Howard Kurtz weighs in on how the accusations against Rob Porter, a political debacle in the White house turning into a serious conversation about domestic violence.
What began as a political debacle in the White house turns into a serious conversation about domestic violence.
The press is of course not done, demanding answers, especially after yesterday’s Hill testimony of FBI chief Christopher Wray. He said the office was initially a partial report on Rob Porter last March, months earlier than the White house has recognized,—a report completed in July, and follow-up information in November.
But if we the policy, for just a moment we will hear more from the women involved to put aside. And your reports of living with domestic violence are moving and deeply disturbing.
It is important to note that these women seek the spotlight. In Porter’s case, Colbie Holderness, his first wife, Jennie Willoughby, his second wife, shared their harrowing accounts during the FBI to check the background, if he the White house staff Secretary, was named. You don’t have to go gin up a campaign to the public.
But when the story exploded last week, and Porter vehemently denied in a of domestic violence you wanted to tell your side.
It reminds me of the women who accused Roy Moore sexually, you track as a teenager, four decades ago, but never go public until a Washington Post approached the reporter with him during his failed Senate campaign in Alabama.
Willoughby went first. She sat down with CNN’s Anderson Cooper and NBC’s Savannah Guthrie, wrote in time that the White house gave her the feeling of Porter’s “professional contributions are worth more than the truth. Abuse is something to be questioned and doubted.”
Now Holderness, whose infamous black-eye photo-no doubt sealed Porter ‘ s political fate, has written a column for the Post, he explains that “the recognition and survival in a violent relationship, you will regain strength.” (You responded to the part of Kelly Anne Conway, told CNN she had no reason to believe that the two ex-wives and also praised the hope Hicks, who was dating Porter, as “so strong”.)
“For me, in constant fear of Rob’s anger and subject to be degrading tirades for years, scratched the life of my independence and self-esteem. I assumed that the relationship is a shell of the person I was when I went in, but it took too long, the toll that was his behavior in the recording to me.”
Holderness said that, it took talking to family, friends, clergy, consultants, and the FBI: “Then there is the just-as-serious topic, believed and supported to tell of which you choose. Sometimes people do not believe. Sometimes you have difficulties to really understand what you are trying to tell you.
“I had a long vacation from graduate school, because I was depressed and not be able to complete the work. As I finally left for Rob well, self-confidence was so destroyed that I was too scared to apply for all jobs except that of the server in a restaurant. It is of my professional life has given me years back on course.”
Another woman, Jessica Corbett, appeared yesterday in the “Today” show. She is the ex-wife of David Sorenson, had been expelled last week when a White house speechwriter. Sorenson, he insists never in any violence against people.
Corbett, responds to President Trump’s comment that the men accused deserve due process, said her ex-husband “had” due process”, as I replied to the FBI agents the truth.”
Corbett said, “Today,” that Sorensen had thrown her into a wall and burned you with a cigarette during their 2-1/2-year marriage. “He has me to drive around for hours, and asked me where I would go, with no money, begging people for money so I could go home. He cut off my credit card, drained my bank account, told me I would be homeless.”
She added: “people accuse me of trying to have a good man down, but all I did was to tell the truth. I was out to get him, I was not trying to obtain him, refused this order, saying by the truth. I do very much think he is one of the best and most capable people, what he does professionally.”
To be sure, the political storm at the White house, in the light of the FBI’s account, is the anger. But these women stayed silent for a long time, are always up to something deeper in our society.
Howard Kurtz is a Fox News analyst and host of “MediaBuzz” (Sundays 11 p.m.). He is the author of “media madness: Donald Trump, the press, and The war for the truth.” You can follow him at @Howard Kurtz. Click here for more information on Howard Kurtz.