Kaine: We have 'a complete moral vacuum in the Oval Office'

Sen. Tim KaineTimothy (Tim) Michael KaineRNC mum on whether it will support Trump-backed Corey Stewart GOP Senate candidate accuses Chris Cuomo’s father of anti-Semitic remarks in heated exchange Poll: Casey holds double-digit lead over Barletta in Pa. Senate race MORE (D-Va.) tore into President TrumpDonald John TrumpSunday Shows preview: Lawmakers, Trump allies discuss Russia probe, migrant family separation Seth McFarlane: Fox News makes me 'embarrassed' to work for this company  'Art of the Deal' co-author: Trump would act like Kim Jong Un if he had the same powers MORE for his comments defending former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, saying there’s a “complete moral vacuum in the Oval Office” with the president praising an accused domestic abuser.

“Domestic violence is evil, and there aren't 'both sides' on this issue. Real leaders stand with survivors, not perpetrators,” Kaine, the 2016 Democratic vice presidential nominee, tweeted.

Kaine was referring to Trump's comments last year after the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Va., in which he said there was “blame on both sides."


Trump earlier Friday spoke out in defense of Porter, who resigned from the White House on Wednesday over allegations of domestic abuse.

"I found out about it very recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well, obviously a tough time for him," the president told reporters. "He did a very good job when he was in the White House and we hope he has a wonderful, hopefully, he has a great career ahead of him."

"He says he's innocent, and I think you have to remember that. He said very strongly yesterday that he's innocent. So you'll have to talk to him about that. But we absolutely wish him well," Trump said.

The White House initially defended Porter after both of his ex-wives came forward with allegations of physical and emotional abuse.

Officials shifted their tone after Porter’s resignation, however, with chief of staff John KellyJohn Francis KellyMORE saying “there is no place for domestic violence in our society," but that he stood by his "previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming chief of staff."