Anyone thinking that Donald Trump will take a beating in the polls over recently resurfaced accusations from 1989 that he raped his then-wife, Ivana Trump, might want to think again – because she’s come out in force to defend him.
“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,” Ivana said in a statement obtained by CNN.
Ivana Trump rejects rape allegations, says @realDonaldTrump would be “an incredible president” http://t.co/aboBaz2kuI pic.twitter.com/GVNj8ifdTU
— New York Daily News (@NYDailyNews) July 28, 2015
Not only did Ivana Trump state the allegations of rape against her ex-husband were completely distorted, she also threw out an endorsement.
“Donald and I are the best of friends, and together have raised 3 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,” she said in the statement.
“Incidentally, I think he would make an incredible president.”
Trump’s campaign team is no doubt happy to hear her words. The billionaire has put in some effort to distance himself from the inexplicable way his lawyer, Michael Cohen, handled the allegations that were dredged up by the Daily Beast.
“You’re talking about the front-runner for the GOP, presidential candidate, as well as a private individual who never raped anybody,” Cohen told the Daily Beast, along with a host of insults and threats.
Cohen added, “And, of course, understand that by the very definition, you can’t rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”
Trump didn’t appreciate that.
.@realDonaldTrump campaign: “Nobody speaks for Mr. Trump, but Mr. Trump” distancing comments made by counsel “you cannot rape your spouse.”
— John Santucci (@JTSantucci) July 28, 2015
It seems Trump has been doing more damage control from his loud-mouthed lawyer than from anything else, and Ivana’s endorsement will provide good cover.
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