Donald Trump tweeted, without irony, that Patrick Shanahan was resigning “to spend more time with his family.”

With classic, if unintended understatement by Trump, yes, if ever a man needed to spend more time with his family, it is indeed Patrick Shanahan, for whatever good it would do. The story broke earlier today about how the FBI had been investigating a domestic violence allegation from 2011 involving Shanahan and his then-wife, but that was the tip of the iceberg. Eight years ago, Shanahan’s then-17-year-old son chased his mother into the laundry room and brutally attacked her with a baseball bat. That is the dark episode Shanahan is trying to bury. Washington Post:

In November 2011, Shanahan rushed to defend his then-17-year-old son, William Shanahan, in the days after the teenager brutally beat his mother. The attack had left Shanahan’s ex-wife unconscious in a pool of blood, her skull fractured, and with internal injuries that required surgery, according to court and police records.

Two weeks later, Shanahan sent his ex-wife’s brother a memo arguing that his son had acted in self-defense.

“Use of a baseball bat in self-defense will likely be viewed as an imbalance of force,” Shanahan wrote. “However, Will’s mother harassed him for nearly three hours before the incident.”

An imbalance of force, the man said? This is not only against the laws of man, it is against the laws of nature. This is Biblical, attempted matricide. And the laws of man are, just by the by, that somebody using deadly force on an unarmed opponent will not be deemed to be acting in self-defense. Not to mention that the “imbalance” here is a young male attacking an older female, who just happens to be his own mother. I’m not a psychologist, but I don’t think I’m going out on a limb here to state that this is pathological, if not psychotic behavior. In any event, Shanahan tried to double down on the statement and then gave up.

“That document literally was, I sat down with [my son] right away, and being an engineer at an aerospace company, you write down what are all of the mitigating reasons something could have happened. You know, just what’s the list of things that could have happened?” […]

“Quite frankly it’s difficult to relive that moment and the passage was difficult for me to read. I was wrong to write those three sentences,” Shanahan said.

“I have never believed Will’s attack on his mother was an act of self-defense or justified. I don’t believe violence is appropriate ever, and certainly never any justification for attacking someone with a baseball bat.”

Shanahan was married to his wife for 24 years. Their divorce file is 1,500 pages long and filled with incidents of fisticuffs, throwing food, objects, setting fire to things. The kid, William, sounds like a mafia hit man in training.

William, Sarasota police wrote, struck several blows to his mother’s head and torso and left her “to lie in a pool of blood” and then “unplugged the landline phone cord depriving the victim and [the younger brother] the use of 911 to render aid.”

As William fled the home, situated in an exclusive, barrier-island development called Bird Key just outside Sarasota, he “tossed a bottle of rubbing alcohol” to his younger brother and told him “you clean her up,” according to the police report.

William was charged with aggravated battery and tampering with a victim, which is an interesting spin on these facts, which scream attempted murder to any reasonable mind — but don’t get me started. An attorney friend of mine called me one day and said, “There are two systems of criminal justice in America, one for the rich and one for the poor. Anybody who thinks otherwise is a fool.” I believed the man then and I certainly believe him now. If this incident had taken place in a trailer park and not a ritzy gated community, the kid would be in prison as we speak.

Shanahan’s reaction to these events was to book his son a hotel room and hire a high-powered criminal defense lawyer. Now his words are that re-living this incident would ruin the lives of his young adult children. He seems hell bent on avoiding scandal, rather than deal with the shocking and gruesome nature of these events head on. His moral compass points in an interesting direction, wouldn’t you say?

Nobody knows what goes on behind closed doors and certainly not in the homes of the wealthy and elite. It’s good that Shanahan stepped down. If he can’t manage what goes on under his own roof, he’s going to be able to manage conflicts on the level of the responsibilities of the Secretary of Defense? I think it’s reasonable to think not. What is truly appalling, is that he apparently thought that he could keep this under the rug.

Again, certain themes are repeated in Trump world, ala Rob Porter and Brett Kavanaugh: it doesn’t matter what you do, especially if violence against women is involved, it only matters what they find out. Form over substance, always, always, always. It’s only the optics that count, never the truth.

And I’ll say this much: I’m sure that Kimberly Shanahan, the wife, was no angel either. To stay in an abusive relationship for that many years gives us a glimpse at her mental landscape as well, and the portrait is not flattering. Point being, this is, on it’s face, the record of a very sick and violent family, I don’t think it’s an exaggeration to say “depraved” and it’s a wonder that nobody staged any kind of an intervention before severe bodily injury was inflicted on one family member by another. This is humanity at it’s most grotesque and also it’s most sad. While on one level I feel deeply for the tragedy of the Shanahan family, I also believe that it’s best that somebody with this level of personal problems not be appointed to high office in government. There are a lot of screws missing here, and that’s putting it mildly.


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21 Comments on "Bombshell: Shanahan Is Diving For Cover Now Because His Son Beat His Wife Unconscious w/Baseball Bat"

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Apple doesn’t fall far from the tree, does it? Also begs the question: is there any Republican male who is NOT a violent, women-hating, creepazoid, pedo perv? Not necessarily all of the above at the same time, of course.


They love the trump s$it show, don’t they?

Lil Blue Sock

Only the best people…..


Ursula…that last paragraph, in my opinion, was a little uncalled for, specifically the “no angel” remark. My own mother stayed in her first marriage to my old man at least five years longer than she should have. It had a LOT of physical and emotional abuse going on but she wanted to stay for mine and my sister’s sake (which, yes, was the worst idea she could have had for that but that was her mindset). It took her own mother dying to finally get the message and it was every bit as hard as she was afraid it was… Read more »
Denis Elliott
Somehow I don’t think the first part of that paragraph came across the way Ursula intended. True, we don’t know the whole story of what went on in that household all those years but I’m sure Ursula knows that battered wives are often from homes where the man was guilty of wife and even child beating abuse. And also that once one is in such a relationship they find out too late what their partner (most of the time but not always the abuser is male) actually is, and fear the consequences of leaving. Indeed, experts who spend their professional… Read more »

No need to cite the research to me, Denis…I lived it. And if you didn’t, be grateful…really, really grateful. I can also tell you in the right–or rather wrong–communities, you don’t need to be rich to get away with such abuse (though you are quite right when you say that it helps). Just have the right social connections in such places and folks will ALWAYS look the other way.

With that said, I too doubt that Ursula meant it as such. I also agree that baseline vetting should have snuffed this nomination like a candle flame with all this going on.

This is not normal for anyone to bash another over the head with anything… Period!!! I live in a west coast community where a number of years ago a high school student, who was known to be unstable, woke up one morning and unexpectedly shot and killed both his mother and father. He then went to the high school he attended and shot many students and teachers. Several died and others were permanently injured for the rest of their lives. Both parents were teachers in the local schools and it was a tragic affair. My question is: why didn’t the… Read more »

At this point, I don’t think we have enough information to know who was the victim and who was the perpetrator in this situation. Initially, however, the son was a victim and ultimately became a perpetrator. For this, I believe, both parents were responsible, and it is the saddest part of this whole story.

Albert Einstein

You are an idiot. You right ignorant stories, drawing childish assumptions and your own conclusions based upon hearsay. Have you ever met this man, or any of his family? Did you contact any of your subjects for information or citation? This is what everyone should call…fake news!