As soon as it became apparent that Donald Trump wasn’t going to do as he’d done in the past – say he’d run for the presidency, then change his mind – everyone knew this couldn’t end well. Today, it proverbially “came to a head” when a top aide from his campaign, attorney Michael Cohen, foolishly showed his lack of knowledge of legal matters in the worst possible way. Ivana Trump, the ex-wife of the mogul-turned-candidate, said long ago that her husband made her feel as though she had been raped during their marriage. While that isn’t news, the reaction from the Trump Camp was less than stellar, as Cohen openly stated to The Daily Beast that marital rape was not a crime.
Perhaps Cohen needs a few refresher courses in the law, since marital rape is illegal one way or another in all 50 states, DC, and the U.S. territories. In May of 2005, the National Clearinghouse on Marital & Date Rape celebrated the fact that every state and territory finally adopted some form of a law against marital rape. As for the State of New York, there are no restrictions on that law, so any man could be prosecuted for raping his wife, without qualifications outside of his wife’s contention that sex was not consensual.
So, while Cohen’s claim is quickly blown out of the water on the legalities, that really isn’t the end of the story – nor should it be. Of course, he came out with an apology for the comment, but that shouldn’t let Trump off the hook. Sure, the candidate is trying to distance himself from the situation, but that’s not the beginning and end of the truly reprehensible things attached to his presidential run. No, this isn’t about racist comments about immigrants, or any of the other off-color comments Trump has made on the campaign trail. It is about the people that are apparently deciding that he’s the right man for the presidency.
Lately the word “cuckservative” has been surfacing on the internet, particularly on social media. Like most other politicking by hashtag, this quasi-movement is apparently populated by people that tend to support Trump. While they might be claiming that they are just the next iteration of RINO – calling out Republican party members that aren’t truly conservative – the fact is that the term is rooted in the white nationalist movement. Along with having an aide like Cohen that claims women do not have the right to make charges of rape against their husbands, this tiny voting bloc is something else that could turn into a millstone around Trump’s neck. It is one thing to state that racism shouldn’t be called over “all the things,” but it is something else entirely when one is openly supported by a group of people that actually promote overt racism.
Normally, this level of scandals would cause a candidate to bow out, but this is no ordinary candidate. It’s doubtful anyone expects to see Trump step out of the race on his own. The big question is, will Republicans say what really should be said to him? It’s really time for his supporters to say “You’re fired!”