Donald Trump behaves like a gangster and has “a bad opinion of all blacks”, according to former lawyer for US President Michael Cohen.
The allegations come from Cohen’s new book, Disloyal: A Memoir, written while in prison for violations of Trump campaign funding, among other crimes.
Cohen claims that Mr. Trump also made racist comments about Nelson Mandela and Hispanics.
The White House says Cohen is lying.
“Cohen is a disgraced criminal and expelled lawyer, who lied to Congress,” press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement over the weekend. “He has lost all credibility and it is not surprising to see his latest attempt to profit from the lies. ”
In the book, Cohen alleges that Mr. Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed him in jail, and calls his former boss “a cheater, a liar, a fraudster, a bully, a racist, a predator, a crook ”. He said he had the mentality of a “mafia boss”.
Various US media have published quotes from the book, which comes out Tuesday. Here are some of the main claims.
On Blacks and Mandela
“In general, Trump has expressed weak opinions of all black people, from music to culture and politics,” Cohen writes in his book.
He claimed that Donald Trump said that the late South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was “not a leader”.
“Tell me a country ruled by a black person who is not shit. They are all complete [expletive] toilet, ”Mr. Trump once said, according to Cohen.
The words echo similar claims, from 2018, that Trump called African countries “shitty” nations.
At the time, Mr. Trump told reporters, “I am not a racist. I am the least racist person you have ever interviewed. ”
Charges of racism have marred his first term and continue to be a problem as the Republican president campaigns for re-election in November against his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.
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In the book, Cohen alleges that Mr. Trump has “hate and contempt” for his predecessor, Barack Obama.
“Trump hired a ‘Fake Bama’ to participate in a video in which Trump ‘ritually demeaned the first black president and then fired him,'” Cohen writes.
U.S. media have since shown an old video, showing Mr. Trump resuming his role as host of The Apprentice TV show and firing a man posing as President Obama.
It is believed to have been made for the 2012 Republican convention when Mitt Romney was named the Republican nominee, but it was never released.
On Hispanic voters
According to Cohen, Mr. Trump once said, “I’ll never get the Hispanic vote. Like black people, they are too stupid to vote for Trump. They are not my people. ”
His comments about Latin Americans have been the subject of close scrutiny throughout his presidency, especially after repeatedly denigrating Mexicans during his campaign.
In 2019, President Trump said at a rally in New Mexico, “No one loves Hispanics anymore.”
Cohen says that after Mr. Trump met with evangelical leaders at Trump Tower shortly after winning the election, he turned around and said, “Can you believe people [expletive]? »
Mr. Trump has strongly courted the evangelical vote and has said he is a deep believer himself. Its vice-president, Mike Pence, is a devout evangelical.
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Donald Trump admired Russian President Vladimir Putin because he was able “to take control of an entire nation and run it as if it were his personal society – like the Trump organization, in fact,” Cohen writes.
According to the Washington Post, Cohen said Mr. Trump initially viewed Mr. Putin as a way to secure access to Russian markets if he loses the 2016 election, as originally planned.
However, Cohen also says that Trump’s campaign was “far too chaotic and incompetent to actually conspire with the Russian government” when he took office.
Sur Stormy Daniels
in 2016, Cohen arranged a low-key payment to adult movie star Stormy Daniels, who allegedly had an affair with Mr. Trump. The payment, which violated campaign funding rules, was among the crimes that led to Cohen’s jail term.
Cohen has long insisted he was acting on the president’s orders, but Mr. Trump has always denied this.
“It never pays to settle these things, but so many friends have advised me to pay,” Mr. Trump said, according to Cohen’s book. “If it comes out, I don’t know how it would play out with my supporters. But I bet they would think it’s cool that I slept with a pornstar. “
Who is Michael Cohen?
Cohen worked closely with Mr. Trump for years and was often known as his “mender,” but they fell out and Cohen gave brutal testimony in Congress last year, before Mr. Trump’s impeachment.
In 2018, Cohen was jailed for tax evasion, misrepresentation, and campaign finance violations.
The struck off lawyer is currently serving what remains of his three-year sentence at his New York home, after being released from prison amid concerns about the spread of the coronavirus.
He was briefly returned to prison, until a federal judge intervened and said the government had acted in retaliation for writing his book to him.
Mr. Trump called Cohen a “rat” and a liar.
Cohen once said he would take a bullet for Donald Trump. He has since said he has received death threats from Trump supporters.