Donald Trump's lawyer tells journalist 'you cannot rape your spouse'

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization and 2016 US presidential candidate speaking at the The ...

Donald Trump, president and chief executive of Trump Organization and 2016 US presidential candidate speaking at the The Family Leadership Summit. Photo: Daniel Acker

When Donald Trump announced he would be running for president, he did so in one of the most bigoted ways possible, by vilifying an entire race of people. His words were unequivocal in their tarring of Mexicans: "They're bringing drugs. They're bringing crime. They're rapists." 

Trump's words angered a lot of people all over the world - but they also got some journalists at The Daily Beast thinking about "who's doing the raping", given Trump's history of controversial comments about sexual assault and a claim by Trump's ex-wife Ivana, long-forgotten by most, that he assaulted her. 

When they sought comment from Michael Cohen, special counsel at The Trump Organization, he denied the assault happened: "You're talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody." But he went further than that: "And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can't rape your spouse."

Er, what?

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"It is true," he added. "You cannot rape your spouse. And there's very clear case law."

No. That is absolutely not true. As The Daily Beast notes, New York's so-called 'marital exemption' for rape was struck down back in 1984. Casting aside the allegation itself (which Ivana has not pursued since vaguely mentioning during their divorce proceedings) the idea that a legal representative for someone who's running for president in 2015 thinks men can rape their wives with impunity is frankly horrifying. 

Perhaps sensing that he'd gone too far, the lawyer then resorted to standover tactics to try to silence the journalist: "I'm warning you, tread very f--king lightly, because what I'm going to do to you is going to be f--king 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.

Because as everyone knows, making violent-sounding threats to a journalist after telling them you don't believe in marital rape is definitely the best way to dampen the rumours.