From a Washington Post editorial Friday:
Often one of the most insidious elements of domestic violence is the secrecy. The abuse occurs behind closed doors. The abuser is adept at concealing. The victim - out of shame or fear or both - stays mum. But not knowing is an excuse that is not available to the White House in explaining why it shielded and defended a top presidential aide credibly accused of domestic abuse. The White House knew of disturbing allegations involving staff secretary Rob Porter. Apparently it just didn't much care.
Only when a photograph of the battered face of one of Porter's ex-wives was made public Wednesday did Trump administration officials recognize that his continued employment was no longer possible. Even then, the acknowledgment was somewhat begrudging.
The White House, as has become clear from numerous news accounts, had known about the allegations against Porter since late last year. But no one seemed to be fazed – neither by an accused wife beater working in the Oval Office nor by someone lacking a full security clearance working for a year in the high-ranking, sensitive job of presidential gatekeeper.
No doubt there will be political fallout from these events. What hopefully will not get lost is the need for women to speak up - and an urgency that, when they do, they will be listened to, as they were not, for too long.