All the president's men: Donald Trump's record of backing acquaintances accused of abuse against women

Donald Trump weighed in on the sexual misconduct debate sweeping the world on Saturday, saying people's lives are "being shattered" by a "mere allegation". 

The tweet came a day after the US president come under fire for his staunch defence of an aide accused of domestic violence, drawing criticism for neglecting to mention the two women making the allegations.  

Mr Trump voiced sympathy for former aide Rob Porter, who resigned on Wednesday, and wished him well in his future endeavors.

"It's a, obviously, tough time for him. He did a very good job when he was in the White House. And we hope he has a wonderful career," Mr Trump said. "He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent," he added.

Mr Trump's comments, which failed to acknowledge the alleged treatment of Mr Porter's two wives, drew immediate condemnation from Democrats and women's groups.

He later fuelled the controversy by tweeting:

His words fit with a pattern in which he has supported men accused of misconduct toward women, but has expressed far less sympathy for women who have accused influential men.

Roy Moore

In November, nine women came forward to make allegations about the past behaviour of Roy Moore, the Republican Senate candidate of Alabama.  Claims ranged from a sexual encounter with a 14-year-old to making unwanted approaches to High School girls when he was in his 30s. He denied the accusations in the strongest terms.

While many in the Republican Party distanced themselves from their candidate, Mr Trump threw his support behind him.

"He totally denies it...He says it didn’t happen. And look, you have to look at him also."

After a tight race, Mr Moore went on to lose the election. 

Roger Ailes

Rogr Ailes was ousted as Fox News chairman in July 2016 after following a string of sexual harassment allegations.

Mr Trump defended Mr Ailes, who was a top Republican strategist before founding Fox News, and called him a a friend and a "very, very good person".

"Some of the women that are complaining, I know how much he’s helped them, and even recently. And when they write books that are fairly recently released, and they say wonderful things about him. And now, all of a sudden, they’re saying these horrible things about him," he said. 

 Roger Ailes - Credit: AP
Roger Ailes Credit: AP

Mr Ailes died in May last year. 

Corey Lewandowski

In March 2016, Mr Trump defended former campaign manager Corey Lewandowski against a battery charge stemming from an altercation with reporter Michelle Fields. 

Ms Fields, 28, said she had been left with bruises on her arm after Mr Lewandowski pulled her back as she tried to interview Mr Trump at a campaign event at his Mar-a-Lago estate in Palm Beach, Florida. 

Authorities in Florida dropped the charge after they deemed that there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction.

Mr Trump said he would not fire Mr Lewandowski because "he's loyal". 

"How do you know those bruises weren’t there before?" he said.

Bill O'Reilly

Fox News host Bill O’Reilly was forced out of the network after multiple accusations of sexual misconduct in April last year. He denied all the accusations. 

Mr Trump defended his old friend in an interview with the New York Times. 

"He is a good person. I think he shouldn’t have settled; personally I think he shouldn’t have settled. Because you should have taken it all the way... I don’t think Bill would do anything wrong."

Former Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly - Credit: Reuters
Former Fox News Channel host Bill O'Reilly Credit: Reuters

Donald Trump

The president himself has faced numerous claims of sexual harassment and assault, all of which he strongly denies.

"Every woman lied when they came forward to hurt my campaign. Total fabrication. The events never happened. Never. All of these liars will be sued after the election is over," he said in October 2016. 

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No lawsuits have been filed against the more than a dozen women who say Mr Trump harassed or assaulted them.

The then candidate also came under fire when an  "Access Hollywood" recording was released in which he spoke of groping women without their consent. 

While apologising for the comments, he also dismissed it as "locker room" talk.

Mike Tyson

When asked in 1992 about his friend Mike Tyson being convicted of raping Desiree Washington,Mr Trump defended the boxer and suggested the victim was partially to blame. 

“You have a young woman that was in his hotel room late in the evening at her own will.”

Donald Trump and Mike Tyson - Credit: Getty
Donald Trump and Mike Tyson Credit: Getty

He also noted that a video after the incident showed her “dancing with a big smile on her face, looked happy as can be.” 

“It’s my opinion that to a large extent, Mike Tyson was railroaded in this case,” he added. 

Bill Clinton

Mr Trump jumped to the defence of his then friend Bill Clinton in the 90s, calling him a "victim", after the then president faced accusations from a number of women, including Paula Jones, Linda Tripp and Monica Lewinsky. 

He also ridiculed their appearance.

 “I don’t necessarily agree with his victims. His victims are terrible... a terrible group of people. Linda Tripp may be one of the most unattractive human beings I’ve ever seen - not women, human beings. The whole group - Paula Jones, Lewinsky - it’s just a really unattractive group,” he told FOX News’s Neil Cavuto in a 1998 interview.