Marital rape myths

Donald Trump’s lawyer apologizes for saying “you cannot rape your spouse”

Donald Trump and Ivana arrive 04 December 1989 at a social engagement in New York. (SWERZEY/AFP/Getty Images)

All hell broke loose yesterday when a Daily Beast article resurfaced allegations that presidential candidate Donald Trump had raped his then-wife Ivana in 1989. In response to questions about the incident, special counsel to Trump Michael Cohen unleashed a series of vulgar threats to the piece’s writer Tim Mak, calling him an “idiot” and threatening to end his career and “mess [Mak’s] life up.” Incidentally, Cohen also mentioned that besides the fact that Trump is a GOP front-runner and a person who never raped anyone, “by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.” Marital rape was made illegal in New York in 1984, five years before the alleged rape incident, and eight years before Donald and Ivana settled their divorce. Cohen has since apologized, but Republican consultant Rick Wilson contends that Cohen’s remarks are in line with Trump’s hyperbole. Ivana has also distanced herself from the controversy. In a statement, she said that the story lacked merit and that she is still supportive of her ex-husband and his campaign.

Read the full story at The Guardian.

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