Jennie Willoughby, ex-wife of former White House staff secretary Rob Porter, wrote an op-ed in the Washington Post Thursday in which she criticizes the Wall Street Journal for publishing her ex-husband’s op-ed on trade, pointing out that he’s never apologized for the multiple accusations of domestic abuse that lost him his job.
“Rob’s sudden return to the public eye is deeply troubling to me, because he has yet to candidly address the thing that should — that must — come first: his personal conduct during his two marriages,” she writes. “Rob has yet to publicly show regret or contrition for his actions. Giving him a voice before he has done that critical work elevates his opinions above my and Colbie’s dignity,” she added, referring to Porter’s first wife who also accused him of domestic abuse.
“We all crave a redemption story,” she concludes. “We want to see people take ownership of their inadequacies and sins because we want to believe we, too, can be redeemed for our own. But true redemption is not a given. It is earned.”
Porter resigned from the White House last February, though he denied the allegations throughout.