Donald Trump made his splashy debut in the 2016 race by denouncing Mexican immigrants as "rapists." Now his presidential campaign is distancing the candidate from factually incorrect comments the Trump Organization's special counsel made about spousal rape in connection with Trump's own alleged assault on his first wife.
It's an awkward position for the Trump campaign to be in, but perhaps one that was unavoidable considering the billionaire has given vocal, and at times inconsistent, opinions about sexual assault. Trump has been something of an opportunist when it comes to that subject: he advocated for the death penalty for the alleged attackers in the Central Park jogger case, for example, but campaigned for no prison time in his acquaintance Mike Tyson's rape case.
Here's a brief history of Trump's statements on sexual assault, including his reaction to former Rep. Todd Akin's infamous "legitimate rape" remark and his evolving responses to the allegations against comedian Bill Cosby.
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