A second Trump administration official has resigned after being accused of domestic violence. White House speechwriter David Sorenson stepped down from his position after his ex-wife, Jessica Corbett, spoke out about the physical and emotional abuse she endured during their two and a half year marriage. Just a few days earlier, White House staff secretary Rob Porter resigned due to similar allegations.
Ms. Corbett originally disclosed the abusive nature of her marriage, which ended in September, to FBI agents last month as they were conducting a background search on Sorenson. She then contacted The Washington Post to tell her story.
During Corbett’s marriage, Sorenson ran over her foot, threw her into a wall, and put a cigarette out on her hand. Ms. Corbett says that many of the incidents involved Sorenson drinking alcohol, and she did admit that, on a few occasions, she slapped Sorenson after he called her vulgar names.
Text messages and emails which included Sorenson berating Corbett with vulgar language were provided by Corbett as proof of her allegations. Several friends and colleagues of Corbett also corroborate the incidents she described. She did not report the abuse to law enforcement for fear of retaliation by Sorenson.
Sorenson denied the allegations, and even claimed to have been a victim himself. He claims that Corbett coming forward “is an opportunity to highlight the grossly under-reported and unacknowledged issue of female-on-male domestic violence”, and that he only resigned so as not to be a distraction, and that the White House “should be able to focus on continuing President Trump’s historic accomplishments for the American People”.
Considering that President Donald Trump himself has been accused of domestic violence, sexual misconduct, and other disgusting incidents, it should come as no surprise that he surrounds himself with people who mirror his poor behavior.