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Against all odds, Donald Trump has become the darling of conservatives who feel they’ve been abandoned by mainstream Republican leaders.

Trump’s campaign for his party’s presidential nomination has been equal parts theater of the absurd and parody of our current political system.

Not only has he survived a number of shockingly bigoted remarks and attacks against beloved fellow Republicans, his popularity has somehow continued to surge to the point that he is now the most popular candidate in a field of sixteen.

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From the start of Trump’s campaign, however, many pundits believed that if his brash demeanor and hateful comments didn’t doom him, his sordid past would do the job.

That prophecy may be coming true today, as shocking allegations about Trump violently sexually assaulting his first wife have resurfaced as a result of a story published by the Daily Beast.

The article includes an excerpt from a 1993 biography of Trump in which author Harry Hurt III recounts a harrowing 1989 incident that’s been described in detail by Ivana Trump:

Acording to Ivana, Donald became irate after undergoing a scalp reduction surgery to hide his baldness. When the procedure proved painful and ineffective, Donald blamed Ivana for recommending the surgeon:

"Your f–king doctor ruined me!" Trump reportedly screamed before "violently assaulting" Ivana.

“Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified,” Hurt writes. “According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ‘he raped me.’”

Obviously, the story – unknown to many before today – could prove damaging to Trump’s current popularity.

Even more detrimental, however, could be the recent comments from Trump’s lawyer, Michael Cohen, who claims that there is no such thing as marital rape and who issued a warning to the Daily Beast that says, in part:

"I will take you for every penny you still don’t have…What I’m going to do to you is going to be f–king disgusting."

And that’s the latest on your future President of the United States, ladies and gentlemen!