CNN: Anderson Cooper examines the various responses from President Donald Trump and other White House officials regarding abuse allegations against former staff secretary Rob Porter.
ANDERSON COOPER, CNN: We begin tonight keeping them honest with a simple question: what's worse than a cover-up? The answer came today from the podium of the White House briefing room when the press secretary gave a master class and attempted gaslighting.
Now, in case you haven't seen the movie or read much about this particular kind of psychological manipulation, gaslighting is when someone tries to make you question your own reality and sanity. Its main weapons include lying, contradiction and denial.
At issue today, the now former staff secretary Rob Porter who resigned last week after news broke that two ex-wives had accused him of physical and verbal abuse. The White House still hasn't been able to put together a consistent explanation of who knew about the allegations and when they knew.
CNN has reported the White House counsel Don McGahn knew a year ago that this may come up in the FBI background check and learn more details over the past year. Last week, the world saw up this picture of one of Porter's former wives of the black eye.
Now, even after this picture came out, Porter denied the allegations. Now, today, the White House would have you believe that above all else, the president supports victims, the same president who has never supported victims or even mentioned them, the same president who spoke glowingly about Rob Porter just three days ago without saying one word about domestic violence.
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