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Kellyanne Conway to Jake Tapper: You Could Be a Wife Beater Like Rob Porter

'We do give people the benefit of the doubt'

Kellyanne Conway to Jake Tapper: You could be a wife beater like Rob Porter
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Kellyanne Conway offered a novel explanation to CNN's Jake Tapper for why U.S. President Donald Trump defended former aid Rob Porter after he was accused of beating his ex-wives - anyone could be beating their wife. The White House counselor claimed that the charges seemed so unbelievable that Trump simply couldn't believe them. 

“A week ago I had no reason to believe that had ever happened,” she explained. “I have every reason to believe - you and I disagree on different issues, Jake - I have every reason to believe that you’re a loving, supportive husband. And it would be very hard for me to see otherwise.”

“But if I saw it, I would have to realize, this is not the Jake Tapper I know,” Conway added. “So, we do give people the benefit of the doubt.”

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"We as individuals have a duty to assess everybody on a case-by-case basis," Conway said, "and in this case, you have contemporaneous police reports, you have women speaking to the FBI under threat of perjury, you have police reports, you have photographs. And when you look at that pulled together, you realize that Rob Porter did the right thing by resigning."

Conway added she believed Porter's ex-wives' accounts.

"I have no reason not to believe the women," Conway said, "and a week ago I had no reason to believe that that had ever happened."