Donald Trump‚Äôs former attorney used to get paid handsomely to keep all of the president‚Äôs secrets. Now, he is giving many of them away for free.
Michael Cohen, the attorney who was indicted and convicted in federal court for tax evasion and crimes related to the campaign, said some of his private conversations with Trump involved making disparaging comments about Black people.
Cohen told Vanity Fair that the president‚Äôs recent tirades have compelled him to reveal details as Trump‚Äôs most trusted lawyer that he says show Trump‚Äôs real character.
Cohen said he once remarked to Trump that the crowd at a presidential campaign rally was overwhelmingly Caucasian and that Trump allegedly quipped, ‚ÄúThat‚Äôs because Black people are too stupid to vote for me.‚ÄĚ
The attorney also said that when South African leader Nelson Mandela died, Trump asked Cohen to ‚Äúname one country run by a Black person that‚Äôs not a s‚ÄĒhole,‚ÄĚ before adding, ‚ÄúName one city.‚ÄĚ
Another inflammatory accusation revolves around the first season of ‚ÄúThe Apprentice,‚ÄĚ and the eventual winners Bill Rancic and Kwame Jackson, an African-American investment manager who had graduated from Harvard Business School.
‚ÄúHe said, ‚ÄėThere‚Äôs no way I can let this Black f-g win,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Cohen is quoted as saying in Vanity Fair.
Jackson admits he has heard Trump make comments like that but replied to the magazine with a reference to Black Panther: ‚ÄúMy response to President Trump is simple and Wakandan. Not today, colonizer!‚ÄĚ
Cohen regrets not being ‚Äúa bigger person‚ÄĚ and quitting the Trump organization then. Instead, he quickly forgave Trump, thinking that No. 45 would grow into his role as president.
Cohen is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty in August to illegally interfering in the 2016 election at the behest of Trump. In all, Cohen admitted to five counts of tax evasion, two counts related to an illegal campaign contribution and one count of making a false statement.