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Trump Adviser Apologizes for ‘You Can’t Rape Your Spouse’ Comment

Less than 24 hours after the Daily Beast published his aggressively stupid comments suggesting there’s no such thing as rape between married people, Donald Trump‘s special counsel Michael Cohen has apologized.

In response to decades-old accusations of sexual assault from Ivana Trump — the Republican candidate’s first of three wives — Cohen said his client is a “private individual who never raped anybody,” adding, “and, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse.”

But, yeah, marital rape is obviously illegal. In fact, it’s illegal in all 50 states, just in case Cohen thought he could cite some medieval law in a medieval-leaning state that thankfully doesn’t exist.

The interview was published Monday evening on the Beast’s website, and also included Cohen threatening legal action against the reporters. Ivana walked back her accusations and defended her ex-husband as well.

Flash forward to Tuesday morning, Cohen submitted an apologetic statement to CNN:

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. 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.

Good luck convincing anyone you don’t believe the thing you said, and then continued to elaborate upon.

[Correction: This article previously stated Trump has been married four times. Nope, it’s three.]

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