When retired Marine Corps General John Kelly departed from his post as the secretary for the Department of Homeland Security for the White House to become President Trump's chief of staff, he was initially dubbed the "adult in the room."
Over seven months into the job, Kelly has proved he's anything but.
From getting into the political equivalent of a bar fight with Rep. Fredricka Wilson, D-Fla., over a phone call President Trump made to the grieving widow of Army Sgt. La David Johnson to making questionable comments that ignored the root cause of the Civil War, Kelly's worldview has been concerning at the very least.
However, after it was reported that White House aide Rob Porter choked and dragged his two ex-wives and subsequently resigned from his position as staff secretary, this has become the final straw for Kelly.
Following a report from the Daily Mail that Porter grabbed his second wife out of the shower and called her a “fucking bitch” while they were on their honeymoon, Kelly said that Porter "is a man of true integrity and honor and I can’t say enough good things about him. He is a friend, a confidante and a trusted professional. I am proud to serve alongside him."
Then, in a separate report, Porter's first wife told the Daily Mail that he punched her in the face and choked her.
According to Politico, Kelly knew about a protective order that Porter's second wife had obtained and that it prevented from obtaining a full security clearance. Instead of removing Porter from his role, Kelly decided to keep him on anyway.
In a statement on Wednesday, Kelly addressed Porter's resignation, saying, "I was shocked by the new allegations released today against Rob Porter. There is no place for domestic violence in our society. I stand by my previous comments of the Rob Porter that I have come to know since becoming Chief of Staff, and believe every individual deserves the right to defend their reputation. I accepted his resignation earlier today, and will ensure a swift and orderly transition."
Of course, it's difficult to imagine that the person you work closely with is capable of such evil and inhumane treatment of someone they claim to love. In the wake of the #MeToo movement, Kelly's handling of Porter's allegations is crucial to maintaining not only his own credibility but also his job.
This is objectively worse than how Hillary Clinton handled the sexual harassment allegations of her faith adviser Burns Strider during her 2008 presidential campaign by keeping him on after he was accused of sexually harassing a staffer.
There's no place for domestic violence in any part of American society, especially in the White House. And there's no place for condoning others who engage in that type of behavior. If Kelly did, in fact, know that Porter had physically and verbally assaulted his two ex-wives and decided to keep him on, then he needs to resign. Now.
Siraj Hashmi is a commentary video editor and writer for the Washington Examiner.