But I have no idea if Trump raped his ex-wife, and neither do you. Ivana said he did, then she retracted the claim or at least walked her statement back.
People often say crazy things when marriages are on the brink of divorce. They accuse spouses of rape, spousal abuse, child abuse and child neglect. A demonization factor kicks in when the parties are enraged, and rage is a common feature of divorce. Events are often reinterpreted in a wildly unflattering and self-serving light.
That doesn't mean spouses aren't sometimes guilty of terrible criminal acts, but when these accusations arise in the context of divorce, especially when infidelity is involved, it's best to maintain a skeptical position.
Get three or four ex-wives who independently tell the same story, and I'm listening. Get thirty-five women telling the same story, and we're almost surely talking about things that really happened. But if one soon-to-be ex-spouse tells an ugly story, without any corroborating evidence, be skeptical. People, when they're honest, will even admit, sometimes, that they were effectively insane during a divorce, doing and saying crazy things that they wouldn't have said if they were in their right mind.
Most unfairly to Donald Trump, virtually the entire Democratic Party and much of the Republican Party would like to see the rape accusation stick in the public imagination. While Trump has done plenty to sully his own reputation using nothing but his own big mouth, in my opinion, as a clinician who has worked with many divorcing individuals and couples, using this accusation against Trump is just not right. Unfortunately, this is American politics today.
Trump's lawyer has apologized for his statement:
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.