One White House employee has been accused of attacking another. Another is accused of threatening his ex-life, wife’s making false financial claims, and alarming business partners with his unpredictable conduct. A third has requested that prior protection-from-abuse orders be kept confidential.
Former President Donald Trump is attempting to extract retribution and reshape the Republican Party in his image as he enters contentious primaries around the country. In doing so, he has backed a number of politicians who have been accused of misconduct, particularly in regards to their treatment of women.
This is causing concern among some Republicans, who believe Trump is just supporting people who tickle his ego with his formidable political backing. Such candidates may win GOP primaries where the party’s Trump-supporting base is strong, but they will struggle in the general election.
And, with the House of Representatives’ power hinged on just a few seats, such blunders may be expensive.
“There is no screening process — at least not on policy and electability,” Dan Eberhart, a GOP contributor and Trump supporter, said. “How much a contender loves the former president and is prepared to have the Trump machine handle their campaign and fundraising comes down to the endorsement process….” It’s secondary whether they’re the most viable candidate in a specific election.”
The charges against some of the politicians he’s backed should not surprise the former president. Basic background checks, such as those needed by many companies, would have revealed some facts. Others were claimed to have been shared with Trump directly or disseminated throughout Republican circles prior to his endorsements.
Stephanie Grisham, the former White House press secretary and chief of staff to first lady Melania Trump, accuses her ex-boyfriend of becoming increasingly violent as their relationship deteriorated in her new book, “I’ll Take Your Questions Now: What I Saw in the Trump White House.” Max Miller, Trump’s ex-boyfriend, was a White House assistant and is now running for Congress in Ohio with Trump’s enthusiastic support.
Miller has categorically rejected the allegations, and on Wednesday he filed a defamation action against Grisham, accusing him of smearing his name.
Grisham claims she informed the former president and first lady about the abuse before Miller declared his campaign, but they “didn’t seem to care,” she wrote in a Washington Post op-ed. Trump backed Miller in retaliation for Rep. Anthony Gonzalez, who was one of ten House Republicans who voted to impeach Trump for the Jan. 6 uprising.
“A White House worker charged with sexual assault by a lady the president knew and trusted?” It didn’t appear to even cross the president’s mind as a source of concern. Trump, on the other hand, has backed my ex’s congressional campaign, knowing what he knows,” she said.
From his Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh to former Fox News presenter Bill O’Reilly, Trump has a long history of backing with prominent men accused of harming women. He supported a former White House adviser who quit after claims of physical and emotional abuse against two ex-wives surfaced. And, despite claims that Moore had sexually abused adolescent girls decades ago while he was in his 30s, he endorsed GOP Senate candidate Roy Moore in 2017.
More than two dozen women have accused Trump of sexual misconduct, but he, like the other men he has supported, has always fiercely rejected the claims.
Even yet, the former president and his associates draw the line now and then.