'A shocking disgrace': Orrin Hatch's hometown paper rips him to shreds for defending alleged wife abuser
Senator Orrin Hatch of Utah speaking at CPAC 2011 in Washington, D.C. (Gage Skidmore/Flickr)

The Salt Lake Tribune took aim at Utah Sen. Orrin Hatch (R) over the weekend after he sided with a White House staffer who was accused of domestically abusing two ex-wives.


In an piece published on Sunday, the paper's editorial board attacks Hatch for saying that no newspaper should print allegations against Rob Porter, the former White House aide at the center of the abuse allegations.

“Shame on any publication that would print this," Hatch told the paper. "I know Rob. I’ve known him for years, both as a close friend and as a personal advisor. He is kind and considerate towards all. The country needs more honest, principled people like Rob Porter.”

"Now now that Sen. Orrin Hatch has announced his retirement, it appears that his handlers have taken the muzzle off," the paper's editorial board writes in Sunday's column.

The editorial continues:

Jennifer Willoughby and Colbie Holderness, Porter’s ex-wives, both told the FBI about Porter’s alleged abuse during a background check. Holderness gave the FBI a picture of herself with a large black eye. Trump’s White House knew of the allegations, and hired him anyway.

In other words, the White House did not care that a top official had been accused of similar abuse by two ex-spouses.

"That is a shocking disgrace," the paper contends. "What’s even more shocking is Hatch’s comments regarding this week’s revelation."

"Don’t ever underestimate what it takes for a woman to speak up," The Salt Lake Tribune's editors conclude.