Conservative CNN commentator: To defend Trump and his team is to defend the abuse of women
Carpenter: "If you are willing to defend someone who hurt somebody in this fashion, you have no boundaries. You have no restraint. You have no respect for the law."
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From the February 8 edition of CNN's The Lead with Jake Tapper:
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AMANDA CARPENTER: The bottom line of this is that they protected an abuser. And guess what is a job qualification to work in this White House? Is to protect someone who talked favorably about sexual assault on the Access Hollywood tapes. That is a job qualification in this White House. There's a pattern of behavior. They kept Corey Lewandowski on staff as a campaign manager after he bruised a reporter.
JAKE TAPPER (HOST): Michelle Fields.
CARPENTER: Yes. This is the same president who laughs along with Howard Stern when he says disgusting things about his daughter. I don't know how the people in the White House let this man date [White House Communications Director] Hope Hicks, get alone in a car with him --
TAPPER: Rob Porter, you're referring to.
CARPENTER: Yes. Knowing this was in his file. They protect abusers. There's no way of getting around it, and I guess people will say, "Well, it doesn't matter. You can still be a good president. You can still do your job." No. If you are willing to defend someone who hurt somebody in this fashion, you have no boundaries. You have no restraint. You have no respect for the law. And if you tolerate people who do this to people they say they love, what will they do to the people they don't know? And that's why I think this matters to a normal person. These people don't have restraint. And it is disgusting to watch. My heart is pounding. It's infuriating to see people go to the White House and defend this. As a conservative, as a woman, as an American, as anyone.
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