According to Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former counsel, the chief of state’s racist language extended to private conversations held between the two men before the presidency.
In June, Cohen, who was primarily responsible for handling all of Trump’s legal matters was fired and has since pleaded guilty to federal charges while cooperating with Robert Mueller’s investigation into Russian intervention during the 2016 presidential election.
Most recently, Cohen spoke with¬†Vanity Fairabout Trump’s private words and actions and he is now speaking out against the harmful language used by his¬†former boss. It was during this interview that Cohen recalled a moment at Trump Tower in which he addressed the predominantly white crowd gathered at a rally at which Trump had spoken, extending the observation to his client.
‚ÄúI told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television.” To that remark, Cohen says Trump responded: “That‚Äôs because black people are too stupid to vote for me.” According to Cohen, the exchange reminded him of a conversation the two had shortly after Nelson Mandela’s death in which Trump allegedly implored Cohen: “Name one country run by a black person that‚Äôs not a shithole,” adding, “Name one city.”
Cohen who is Jewish tells¬†Vanity Fair that it was his father, a Holocaust survivor who warned him to distance himself from the president. He also expressed that he regretted working for Trump for the amount of time that he did, especially after numerous offensive remarks.
‚ÄúI should have been a bigger person, and I should have left,‚ÄĚ he revealed.