Women's groups respond to Trump's 'mere allegations' tweet

Trump takes on Me Too movement
Reaction to Trump tweet

INDIANAPOLIS (WTHR) — President Trump appears to be taking on the "Me Too" movement, making statements about domestic violence, that are getting some backlash.

It comes after two White House staffers resigned following allegations of abuse by their ex-wives.

President Trump tweeted about the issue Saturday morning.

"Peoples lives are being shattered and destroyed by a mere allegation," Trump 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?"

For Laura Forbes, it feels odd to read aloud. Forbes is a self-described feminist who helped organize last month’s Women’s March in Indiana.

“That’s really problematic to me,” said Forbes. “I think it’s really problematic that there is no concern for women whose lives are shattered and destroyed.”

President Trump’s tweet comes after two White House staffers, Rob Porter and David Sorenson, resigned this week over allegations of abusing their ex-wives.

Porter’s first wife released photos of injuries she says she sustained when he punched her.

Both deny the allegations.

Julia Kathary works every day with women in abusive situations at Coburn Place in Indianapolis.

“I wholeheartedly agree that domestic violence is impacting people’s careers. I have a different perspective on who has been bearing the brunt of that,” said Kathary. “I think when you have a platform as the President of the United States has, words matter.”

Both Kathary and Forbes wonder if this discourages or empowers women to speak up.

“I think that for some victims who find the President's voice to be influential in their life, it could impact them from reaching out and maybe they would feel like they needed to not do that in order to go along with his narrative,” said Kathary.

“In a lot of ways," said Forbest, "I think this is revealing what’s going on and this is an opportunity for women and everyone who cares about women to stand up and say it’s not okay."