On Thursday, Donald Trump threw his full support behind Rep. Jim Jordan (R-Ohio) who is currently embroiled in a growing sexual abuse scandal dating back to his time as a wrestling coach at Ohio State University 25-years ago.
Several former wrestlers have now come forward stating that Jordan was aware of the sexual abuse by then-team doctor Richard Strauss being perpetrated against young athletes on his team, but chose to do nothing about it. Jordan flatly denies knowing about the abuse, and it seems that Trump has decided to side with Jordan over the victims.
“I don’t believe them at all; I believe him,” Trump said. “Jim Jordan is one of the most outstanding people I’ve met since I’ve been in Washington. I believe him 100 percent. No question in my mind. I believe Jim Jordan 100 percent. He’s an outstanding man.”
Jordan isn’t the first Republican involved in a sexual abuse scandal that Trump’s publicly endorsed while dismissing the victims. Eight months ago, Trump supported disgraced Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore when the Republican was accused of sexual misconduct with several teenage girls over the course of his career as a judge. Moore wound up losing the race and became a source of humiliation for Trump.
Then there was the case of his former top staffer Rob Porter, who was accused of domestic violence against his ex-wives. Trump publically proclaimed Porter to be “innocent” despite the physical evidence of photographs showing his ex-wife Colbie Holderness with what appears to be a black eye given to her by her then-husband.
Upon his exit from the White House, Trump said about his ex-staffer Porter:
“He also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he’s innocent, so you have to talk to him about that, but we absolutely wish him well.”
Meanwhile, Jordan has been one of Trump’s staunchest and most loyal defenders in Congress. Repeatedly, Jordan has called for an end to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation into possible collusion between the Trump’s presidential campaign and the Russian government.
“(Mueller) is supposed to be looking at whether there was coordination between the Trump campaign and attempts to influence the election and to date there has been zero evidence to suggest there was,” Jordan said.
It looks like Trump’s returning the favor by giving his friend Jim Jordan’s back a good scratch. However, if upon further investigation Jordan becomes further implicated in covering up sexual abuse under his watch at Oho State, Trump may find himself wearing more egg on his face as another one of his supported candidates goes down hard in November’s midterm elections.
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