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Flashback: Democrats Defended Sen. Sherrod Brown Against Wife Abuse Claims:

When Ohio State Treasurer Josh Mandel noted in 2012 that Sen. Sherrod Brown (D-OH) had been accused of abusing his wife, liberals accused Mandel of abusing women by raising the issue.

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Rita Smith, executive director of the Denver-based National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, declined at the time to criticize Brown. Instead, she defended Brown’s voting record on women’s issues. And she told an interviewer that Mandel’s attack on Brown was “‘actually abusive,’ because he is putting Brown’s family, including his former wife, in a negative spotlight, ‘and that is abusive of women.'”
That is how many Democrats really feel about politicians who abuse women. As long as they have a “D” after their names, and vote for abortion, they are almost incapable of abuse.

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True, the allegations against Brown came in an ugly divorce, where it is not unknown for warring spouses to make all kinds of claims against each other. And Mandel raised the issue in the context of a tough Senate race, where accusations are always subject to distortion.

But in the Rob Porter case, the standard that Democrats and the media are applying to the White House is that even defending the presumption of innocence — as President Donald Trump did Friday and Saturday, after letting Porter go — amounts to condoning the abuse.
Former Vice President Joe Biden — that paragon of propriety when it comes to respecting women’s bodies — said Friday that there were “abusers … within the Oval Office.” He saidthat Trump’s praise for Porter’s performance on the job was like saying an “axe murderer” was a “great painter.”


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