In the latest installment of there’s a tweet for everything, a 2012 musing from President Trump has begun to make the rounds online.
After defending his former staff secretary Rob Porter — who resigned Wednesday amid accusations of domestic violence by two former wives — Twitter sleuths found an old tweet from Trump about Chris Brown and his former girlfriend, Rihanna. In 2009, a 19-year-old Brown pleaded guilty to one count of felony assault on the pop star.
“If @rihanna is dating @chrisbrown again then she has a death wish,” Trump wrote “A beater is always a beater–just watch!”
The “beater is always a beater” line was a far cry from the position Trump staked out in the Oval Office Friday when asked about his former staff secretary.
“He says he’s innocent and I think you have to remember that,” said Trump.
“We wish him well. He worked very hard. I found out about it recently and I was surprised by it. But we certainly wish him well, it’s obviously a tough time for him,” Trump added. “He did a very good job when he was in the White House and we hope he has a wonderful career. It was very sad when we heard about it and certainly he’s also very sad.”
The Internet went to town — with CNN’s Jake Tapper leading the way.
"A beater is always a beater" https://t.co/MF2LmWiKlP
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) February 9, 2018
Trump on Rob Porter: "He also, as you probably know, says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that."
Trump on Chris Brown: https://t.co/CbxyqMBiX8
— Eugene Scott (@Eugene_Scott) February 9, 2018
There. Is. Always. A. Tweet. https://t.co/CUocJsDoBB
— Ben Shapiro (@benshapiro) February 9, 2018
“A beater is always a beater!” – Trump, 2012
“He says he’s innocent, and I think you have to remember that.” Trump, today https://t.co/xzKnRxVzIl
— philip lewis (@Phil_Lewis_) February 9, 2018
For every occasion, there is an old Trump tweet.
“A beater is always a beater – – just watch!” https://t.co/4XNiWo2S0T
— Ana Navarro-Cárdenas (@ananavarro) February 9, 2018