Donald Trump’s lawyer defends marital rape


This CNN video from the USA says about itself:

Trump adviser Michael Cohen: ‘You cannot rape your spouse‘.

28 July 2015

Michael Cohen, an adviser to Donald Trump, is under fire for comments he made while speaking with a reporter from the Daily Beast.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Donald Trump‘s lawyer threatens reporter over ex-wife’s allegations: ‘You cannot rape your spouse’

Campaign spokesman and attorney responds to resurfaced assertions of Ivana Trump ‘rape’ with vulgar tirade that political watcher says could undermine lead

Ben Jacobs in Washington

Tuesday 28 July 2015 07.32 BST

A lawyer and spokesman for current Republican presidential frontrunner Donald Trump issued a series of vulgar threats to a reporter on Monday, while falsely claiming that it was legal for a husband to rape his wife in New York.

Michael Cohen, special counsel for the Trump Organization, threatened Canadian-American reporter Tim Mak of the Daily Beast with untold legal consequences in response to an article that resurfaced allegations that Trump had raped his then-wife Ivana.

The statements from the real-estate tycoon’s long-time attorney may, campaign watchers said, prove to undermine a campaign that officially began with Trump’s incendiary remarks about migrants from Mexico whom he called “rapists” and has survived a series of increasingly controversial remarks over the following six weeks.

The Daily Beast story repeated details of a deposition relayed by a Trump biographer, who described the mogul as forcing himself on his then-wife as revenge for her encouraging him to undergo a painful and unsuccessful scalp reduction surgery in the late 1980s.

The 1993 book, by author Harry Hurt III, includes a statement from Ivana Trump stating that she referred to the sexual encounter in question “as a ‘rape’, but I do not want my words to be interpreted in a literal or criminal sense”. Donald Trump has long insisted that the assertion of assault was “false”.

But Cohen, Trump’s lawyer and a spokesman who has helped control his candidate’s message in maintaining the Republican poll lead over more experienced politicians, went much further than that. According to the Daily Beast, he issued a series of vulgar quotes when questioned by its reporter.

“I will make sure that you and I meet one day while we’re in the courthouse. And I will take you for every penny you still don’t have. And I will come after your Daily Beast and everybody else that you possibly know,” Cohen told the website. “So I’m warning you, tread very fucking lightly, because what I’m going to do to you is going to be fucking disgusting. You understand me?”

The attorney then went on to issue direct threats regarding the resurfaced assertions: “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.”

“[Y]ou’re going to have judgments against you, so much money, you’ll never know how to get out from underneath it,” Cohen told the Daily Beast.

But the lawyer’s most specious claim in the vociferous interview arrived in a false assertion about the law: “You’re talking about the front-runner 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,” he said.

“It is true,” Cohen told the Daily Beast. “You cannot rape your spouse. And there’s very clear case law.”

Marital rape was made illegal in all US states in 1993. It was made illegal in New York state in 1984, five years before the alleged incident. Donald and Ivana Trump settled their divorce in 1992.

Despite Trump’s penchant for controversial comments – including disparaging the heroism of Arizona senator John McCain during the Vietnam war, which led to widespread condemnation within his party – Trump has maintained a substantial lead in national polls for the Republican presidential nomination.

Rick Wilson, a prominent Republican consultant, said the lawyer’s comments – just the latest party line from a man described as “Trump’s pit bull” – represented a campaign that was parroting his hyperbole.

“The Trump circus is largely comprised of hangers-on with a key skill set: kissing Donald Trump’s ass,” Wilson told the Guardian. “Oddly, the same skill set doesn’t extend into other domains like politics, common sense or judgment.”

Cohen, Ivana Trump and the Trump campaign did not respond to request for comment from the Guardian.

In an interview on Fox News that aired after the Daily Beast report surfaced, Trump continued to talk about undocumented migrants and how current president Barack Obama was “the worst”.

“Congratulations on your good poll numbers,” Fox personality Sean Hannity said.

Herman Cain no longer US presidential candidate, 2011


Hermain Cain sex scandal cartoon

3 December 2011: Staff, The Charlotte Observer: “Herman Cain will suspend his bid for the Republican nomination for president, he announced at his Atlanta campaign headquarters Saturday. Saying he is at peace with his God and at peace with his wife, Cain said becoming president was Plan A but he is suspending that plan”: here.

Who’s More of a Joke? Herman Cain, the Republican Party or the U.S. Media That Enabled Him? Here.

Donald Trump butt plug by Mexican American artist


This 14 July 2015 video from the USA is called The Next Web headquarters reacts to #TrumpPlug news.

From The Next Web in the USA today:

3D-printed Donald Trump butt plug is the best the asshole has ever looked

By Mic Wright

Donald Trump is running for president with all the grace of a three-legged dog chasing a ball and with absolutely none of the cuteness. One of the many unpleasant jibes in his campaign announcement last month was about Mexico:

When [it] sends its people, [it’s] not sending [its] best…[it’s] sending people that have lots of problems, and they’re bringing those problems to us. They’re bringing drugs. They’re bringing crime. They’re rapists. And some, I assume, are good people!

Fernando Sosa, a Mexican-born US citizen, has the perfect response. He specializes in using 3D printing for political satire and has previously made caricatures of Hillary Clinton, Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong Un.

His take on Trump sums up ‘the Donald’ more directly than a late night monologue or ‘Daily Show’ spot: It’s a butt plug.

Donald Trump butt plug

Sosa passionately explains his reasons for creating the object on his Shapeways page, where it is available to buy for $27.99:

[This is my] response to Donald Trump’s remarks…I say screw you and your Republican Party. I was not sent here by the Mexican government. I came here with my family thanks to my step-father, who is also an immigrant from Finland. We came here looking for the American Dream and my parents worked their butts off so my brothers and I could go to college or serve in the armed forces.

I’m no rapist and no drug dealer. I have a college degree in 3D animation and run my own 3D printing business and guess what? I can make you into any shape I want and 3D print you and sell you to others who share their dislike of you.

…You are a public figure and me making you into a butt plug is freedom of speech. Welcome to America, motherfucker!

It’s an eloquent disavowal of Trump’s claims and politics, but in the end, a satirical butt plug is worth more than a thousand words.

United States Republican Trump impersonated by British comedian Russell Brand


This video from Britain says about itself:

Should Miss Universe Trump Mexicans? Russell Brand The Trews (E354)

10 July 2015

This is me watching, for the first time, Donald Trump’s recent shocking speech about Mexican immigrants.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Video: Russell Brand does a pretty good Donald Trump impression

Mr Trump, who officially announced his candidacy for US president in his speech on Tuesday, is currently the forerunner for the Republican primary

Alice Harrold

Russell Brand has done a spot on impression of US presidential hopeful, Donald Trump, lampooning his recent comments about Mexican immigrants.

Speaking in Trump Tower in New York recently, the presidential candidate said that Mexicans who come to America illegally are “rapists” who bring in drugs and crime.

“When Mexico sends its people, they’re not sending their best,” he said. “They’re sending people that have lots of problems and they’re bringing those problems with us.”

“They’re bringing drugs, they’re bringing crime, they’re rapists, and some, I assume, are good people.”

In a video on his YouTube channel Brand laughs at this, saying that Trump is “making it up on the spot”.

Spanish language station Univision has refused to air the Miss Universe pageant following Trump’s comments.

In an pretty accurate imitation of Trump’s voice, Brand jokes: “You can attack me and you can slander my family and if you must you can kill me, but when you cancel a man’s beauty pageants, you cross a line. And that’s worse than crossing a border.”

Brand asks how Trump can have a “fibre-optic narrow tunnel of compassion” for pageant contestants but feels no sympathy for immigrants.

Read more:

Miss USA contestants refuse to drop out of pageant

Mexicans bring ‘tremendous infectious disease’, says Trump

The current Miss Universe, Paulina Vega, spoke out against Trump’s immigration comments saying they were “unjust and hurtful”.

“As a Colombian and as Miss Universe, I want to show my support and validate the sentiments of the Latin community,” she said.

Trump then criticised Miss Vega, calling her a hypocrite for keeping her crown.

Trump, who is paying for his campaign with his own fortune, said that as president he would build a great wall on the southern US border, “and I’ll have Mexico pay for that wall.”

A Republican senator for Arizona, Jeff Flake, has said that “Donald Trump’s views are coarse, ill-informed and inaccurate.”

“These views belong in the world of comedy, not in the world of politics,” Brand said.

Rick Santorum says Donald Trump was too liberal on Mexicans for calling them rapists and drug dealers: here.

Scott Walker Announces He’s Running For President In 2016: here.

2016 FIRST TO LAST: THE RACE TO THE BOTTOM How angry do you have to be to be a GOP 2016 candidate these days? [Howard Fineman, Jason Linkins and Lauren Weber, HuffPost]

Climate change, Pope Francis, United States Republicans, animated cartoon


This animated cartoon video by Mark Fiore from the USA says about itself:

The Gospel of Denial

26 June 2015

Now that Pope Francis has come out on the side of acknowledging human-caused global warming, Republican presidential contenders are suddenly on the side of “science” not religion. Where does this pope guy get off on mixing religion and politics, sheesh! You can read more here.