By Robert G. Yetman, Jr. Editor At Large
Well, no surprise here – the mudslinging at GOP frontrunner Donald Trump has officially commenced.
Unfortunately for Trump, a ham-fisted response by one of his top attorneys to a question about a controversial issue from the Donald’s past have made things a little more interesting, to say the least, for the entrepreneur-turned-presidential candidate.
In an interview with The Daily Beast, Michael Cohen, an executive vice president at The Trump Organization and special counsel to Trump, was asked about a rape allegation made by Trump’s ex-wife Ivana during their divorce proceedings in the early 1990’s, and brought to public light in the book Lost Tycoon: The Many Lives of Donald J. Trump. Apparently thrown by the line of questioning, Cohen, in an effort to defend his boss, said, “You’re talking about the frontrunner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as private individual who never raped anybody. And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.” If Cohen had stopped after the first sentence, all would likely be well…or, at least, OK. However, by declaring that it’s not possible for wives to be raped by their husbands, the attorney put an extra spotlight back on a moment in Trump’s past that had long been forgotten by just about everyone.
For her part, ex-wife Ivana Trump said the decades-old story is not how it has been portrayed, that she never meant to suggest that Trump literally raped her, and that she is still very fond of Trump and wishes him the best in his campaign for president.
One thing’s for sure: If Donald Trump didn’t feel like a real presidential candidate before, he surely does now.