Journalists push back after Trump tweets lives being destroyed by 'mere allegation'

Journalists pushed back against President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden heading to Kansas City to promote infrastructure package Trump calls Milley a 'f---ing idiot' over Afghanistan withdrawal First rally for far-right French candidate Zemmour prompts protests, violence MORE's tweet Saturday saying people's lives are being destroyed by "a mere allegation," a comment that sparked backlash on social media.

Trump decried how people's "lives are being shattered and destroyed be a mere allegation" after two White House aides abruptly resigned this week following claims of past domestic abuse.

While Trump did not mention any specific allegations, he wrote: "Some are true and some are false. Some are old and some are new. There is no recovery for someone falsely accused - life and career are gone. Is there no such thing any longer as Due Process?"

Trump's tweet came after the White House grappled with controversy this week surrounding allegations of past domestic abuse against staff secretary Rob Porter from his two ex-wives.


Porter denied the allegations after his two ex-wives came forward to accuse him of physically and emotionally abusing them during their marriages. He resigned on Wednesday after photos emerged showing his first wife with a bruised face.

CNN anchor Jake Tapper rebuffed Trump's complaints of allegations being accepted as facts, writing Saturday, "In point of fact, 2 ex-wives talking on the record to journalists and to the FBI and one ex-girlfriend on background, with a photo of a black eye and a police report, is not 'a mere allegation.' "

"I think he misspelled 'restraining order and photos of a black eye,'" tweeted David Martosko, a political editor for Daily Mail, the publication that first published the stories of Porter's ex-wives this week.

Other journalists were quick to point out the connection between Trump's comments on Porter and his stance on the case of the Central Park Five, five black men who were exonerated after being falsely accused of raping and beating a woman in Central Park in 1989.

During his 2016 presidential campaign, Trump insisted that the men were still guilty despite their exoneration after another man confessed, pointing to their original confessions of guilt and the police's original belief they were guilty. The men said that their confessions were coerced. 

"President Trump continues to claim the 5 Black men from the Central Park jogger case are guilty. They were vindicated in 2002, a court vacated their convictions. A convicted murderer/rapist confessed. DNA evidence confirmed him. They won $41 mil from NYC," tweeted veteran journalist Soledad O'Brien.

Trump on Friday wished Porter well following his departure from the administration. The president highlighted the former aide's denial of the abuse allegations this week, and caught flak from critics for not mentioning the two ex-wives who accused Porter of abuse.