Human merkin Donald Trump apparently surrounds himself with likeminded people—his attorney, Michael Cohen, told the Daily Beast this week that "[y]ou cannot rape your spouse," referring to an accusation made against Trump by ex-wife Ivana Trump in 1993. This is quite untrue—marital rape has been illegal in New York State since 1984, and by 1993, all U.S. states had technically done away with the marital rape exemption. Cohen has since apologized, though he also apparently threatened the Daily Beast reporter.

Trump has a bad lawyer, just as he has a bad fact-checker and an even worse stylist. None of this is surprising. But what is rather devastating is that though spousal rape is defined such nationwide, a Daily Beast article from earlier this year pointed out that a handful states offer certain distinctions between marital rape and non-marital rape, making it harder for a spousal victim to prosecute.

In Ohio, for instance, a woman's husband can essentially legally drug his wife and sexually assault her, provided there is no physical struggle—the law requires "force or threat of force," for rape legislation to apply. Similar legislation exists in Oklahoma. In South Carolina, prosecutors can only call for "spousal sexual battery" if a weapon, the threat of a weapon, or “physical violence of a high and aggravated nature” is on the table—in cases of non-marital rape, just “force or coercion" can leave the perpetrator vulnerable to a rape charge.

Marital rape law is still evolving, but despite the aforementioned still-problematic legalese, Cohen is totally wrong—forcing your spouse to have sex with you against his or her will is, in fact, rape. The accusation against Trump came from a 1993 biography about him, in which author Harry Hurt III depicted a "violent assault" that allegedly occurred after Trump had a scalp reduction surgery to rid himself of a bald spot.

Hurt wrote that Trump held Ivana's arms behind her back and pulled out her hair. "“Then he jams his penis inside her for the first time in more than sixteen months. Ivana is terrified… It is a violent assault,” Hurt wrote. “According to versions she repeats to some of her closest confidantes, ‘he raped me.’”

Trump has denied this allegation, describing Hurt as "an unattractive guy who is a vindictive and jealous person," as Trump is wont to do. Ivana Trump, who has long since divorced Trump, has also shot down the story. But whatever happened or didn't happen, Trump's lawyer is an idiot, on par with a bunch of other fine folk Jezebel found who didn't believe marital rape was a thing, either.

You can learn more on marital rape laws by state on the Rape, Abuse, & Incest National Network (RAINN)'s site.