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Trump Campaign Tries Again On Rape Allegation Pushback

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Trump Campaign Tries Again On Rape Allegation Pushback

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This might be the first actual apology to come out of Camp Trump: The Donald’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, is backtracking on his claim that Donald Trump couldn’t possibly have raped his first wife — because, supposedly, there’s no such thing legally as spousal rape. (Note: There definitely is.)

“As an attorney, husband, and father there are many injustices that offend me but nothing more than charges of rape or racism. They hit me at my core,” Cohen said in a statement given to CNN Tuesday morning. “Rarely am I surprised by the press, but the gall of this particular reporter to make such a reprehensible and false allegation against Mr. Trump truly stunned me. In my moment of shock and anger, I made an inarticulate comment — which I do not believe — and which I apologize for entirely.”

The trouble started with an article in The Daily Beast on Monday evening, which revived a story dating back to Trump’s divorce from his first wife Ivana in the early 1990s. In a deposition, Ivana had claimed that Donald assaulted and raped her in 1989, after a confrontation involving Donald being unsatisfied with plastic surgery he had gotten to remove a bald spot. Donald and Ivana eventually reached a settlement in their divorce case.

“You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody,” Trump’s special counsel Cohen told the site. “And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”

“It is true,” Cohen further insisted. “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”

However, this is simply not true: The historical common-law tradition that a husband could not be liable for raping his wife was undone decades ago in this country. As for Trump’s own home state, New York’s martial rape exemption was overturned by the state’s top court in 1984 — five years before the alleged incident with Ivana — and by 1993 all 50 states had formally recognized marital rape as a crime. (However, there continue to be difficulties in actually enforcing these laws.)

Cohen also had some further strong words to say to the site:

“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen said. “So I’m warning you, tread very f***ing lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be f***ing disgusting. You understand me?”

“You write a story that has Mr. Trump’s name in it, with the word ‘rape,’ and I’m going to mess your life up… for as long as you’re on this frickin’ planet… you’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” he added.

In addition to Cohen’s apology for his remarks, Ivana Trump herself is defending her ex-husband in another statement given to CNN:

I have recently read some comments attributed to me from nearly 30 years ago at a time of very high tension during my divorce from Donald. The story is totally without merit. Donald and I are the best of friends and together have raised three children that we love and are very proud of. I have nothing but fondness for Donald and wish him the best of luck on his campaign. Incidentally, I think he would make an incredible president.

Photo: U.S. Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump speaks at the Family Leadership Summit in Ames, Iowa, United States, July 18, 2015. (REUTERS/Jim Young)

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21 Comments

  1. Daniel Jones July 28, 2015

    Ivana, Ivana.. I don’t believe he can ever be elected, either.

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  2. oldtack July 29, 2015

    I am not a Trump Supporter although I do like to watch him shake up the norm in both Major Parties.

    But- this type of yellow journalism is pure bullshit. This first or whatever wife that alleged she was raped had a Legal right to press charges at the time of the incident and Sue Donald Trump for whatever she could get and get him convicted for the alleged Rape. hopefully she did what the Law allowed but whatever, it is “water under the bridge”. To bring this up in the Campaign is just low ball Political Crap. But – then – that’s what our Political System has become – just a house full of 635 pieces of Crap.

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    1. Myolliecat July 29, 2015

      I think it was perfectly acceptable to bring up an issue such as Marable rate with the presidential candidate whether it was 30 years ago or not. Trump is a misogynist and everyone should know that! Yellow journalism my foot! This was spot on!

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      1. Myolliecat July 29, 2015

        Marital rape. (Spell check)

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      2. oldtack July 29, 2015

        Pontificate all you wish. It’s still yellow journalism mud slinging.

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        1. Looner July 29, 2015

          It is only the tip of the ice burg with Trump’s history, and not yellow journalism if you are examining the character of a potential candidate. It would be yellow journalism if it was based on rumor, but the information was derived from sworn testimony in a deposition.

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        2. Myolliecat July 29, 2015

          Oh yes! And Trump is squeaky clean in the mud-slinging department. He gives it out but he can’t take it.

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          1. oldtack July 29, 2015

            No one is “squeaky clean” including YOU or ME. 100% of ALL adult humans have “skeletons’ in their closet or long past settled and filed documented “misdemeanors”. The case with Ivana and Donald was several years in the past. It was nasty and it is a matter of public record. And really – who really gives a hoot.We,if we had the resources, could be like Larry Flynt and dig up all the documented dirt on each and every public figure. It’s legal but it isn’t ethical.
            I have no use for Donald Trump in either the business world or the Political arena. But let him compete on his own merit. Leave the past in the record books. If Ivana wants to dig it out it,s her call. Not yours. This is still sleezy journalism for one sole purpose – to discredit and destroy a Candidate for personal reasons. Go home and examine your own life.
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  3. Böcker July 29, 2015

    Does anyone remember the sideshow called this divorce between these two and Trump waving a check for $10 million dollars for her if she would only settle?? Wonder if this was the issue??

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    1. S.A. Clark July 29, 2015

      Of course it was the reason. She is sticking up for him now because she sold her approval and silence for ten million dollars. So, she is a whore in her own way; Trump, of course, has been a john all this life.

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    2. docb July 29, 2015

      She got only $14 Million and had to agree to a GAG ORDER….

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      1. Böcker July 29, 2015

        Must be why she got more $$

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      2. Dominick Vila July 29, 2015

        I would not be surprised if Ivana also had to agree to no “disgusting” breast feeding…

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  4. Dominick Vila July 29, 2015

    Judging by the reactions to Donald’s arrogant and bizarre statements, and the tactics being employed by his team, his popularity is likely to increase exponentially as a result of the latest gaffe.

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    1. S.A. Clark July 29, 2015

      It is summer entertainment this year, but Americans are way too smart to let it go much beyond that.

      Look at the other GOP freaks who have had the top slot….LOL There are so many unstable and downright crazy people who exist in the GOP that it is no wonder a few run for president each year. It’s fun to watch, but terrifying imagine those B.O.Z.O.s actually getting the job.

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      1. Dominick Vila July 29, 2015

        What worries me the most is the number of fellow Americans who see nothing wrong with the statements made by Donald Trump, and his absolute lack of relevant proposals. At times, it seems as if the candidacies of people like him are fueled more by hatred and fear than logic or even partisanship.

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        1. S.A. Clark July 29, 2015

          Scary! I watch the news and my mouth drops open because I can’t believe that this isn’t Comedy Central, this is REALITY!

          Clowns (the entire rightwing) making a mockery of the most powerful position on earth…..carnival barkers (Trump, Cruz, Huckabee, Walker, etc.) being given credence by
          vomiting up the worst statements and lies…..clowns (the 19 Idiots and Counting running for POTUS) driving the clown car over the clown cliff in front of God and everybody.

          President Hillary Clinton will have lots to laugh about during her eight years in office as she remembers this crazy rightwing summer.

          PS Trump means fart in the UK. And Trump means trash in the US.

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    2. ralphkr July 29, 2015

      Trump and his adoring fans strongly remind me of the Germans who adored and voted for Adolf Hitler. In both cases their message was all about fear and injustice and it worked in the 1930s and I just pray that it does not work in the 21st Century but I fear that it might..

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      1. Dominick Vila July 30, 2015

        There are, indeed, parallels between the rise of Hitler to power, and Trump’s popularity. The most amazing part is that the more bizarre and hateful the Donald’s statements are, the more his followers love him. The only explanation I can think of is that a segment of our population is so afraid of the social and demographic changes that are taking place in the USA, which mean the end of an era or way of life for them, that they feel compelled to reject anything that represents pragmatism and stability. Trump’s arrogance, narcissism, despotism, and greed are like a life line for those who want to go back to the way things were before the Civil rights movement, Blair Mountain, and the days when we were all convinced we were numero uno.

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  5. S.A. Clark July 29, 2015

    Notice all the Trump azz-kissers on here, bought and paid for by the Trump, the thousandaire.

    Trump actually thinks he can buy the job of POTUS, but Americans have had people a whole lot smarter than Trump try to buy the presidency.

    The Donald would have us at war with every country by the end of his first week. The man is unstable and has severe BORDERLINE PERSONALITY DISORDER! LOOK IT UP! Scary.

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  6. docb July 29, 2015

    The book is out, the transcripts are out , the GAG Order has been disclosed, the lawyer is on retainer and spoke for you…Just shut the hell up, drumpf…..

    The boorish, bully, and crook is just showing who the adults are in the room and he is not one of them.. Clowns are usually at least cute but drumpf is rear ugly…inside and out!

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