Name one country run by a black person that is not a s***hole –
A former lawyer to President Donald Trump of the United States
(US), Michael Cohen, has claimed that Trump used racist language in
several private conversations with him during the time he worked
as the President’s “fixer.”
In an interview with Vanity Fair that published Friday, Cohen
recalled four times that Trump made denigrating comments to him
about black people.
CNN has confirmed from a source close to Cohen that the Vanity
Fair story and quotes are accurate. The White House did not
respond to Vanity Fair’s multiple requests for comment. CNN has
also reached out to the White House for comment.
Cohen alleged that Trump made a disparaging comment about
African-American voters when they were discussing the turnout
for one of his 2016 campaign rallies.
“I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump
responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for
me,’ “ the President’s former lawyer told the magazine.
Cohen claimed that when South African leader Nelson Mandela
died, Trump remarked, “‘Name one country run by a black person
that’s not a s***hole,’ and then he added, ‘Name one city.’”
He said that when he and Trump were traveling to Chicago in the
late 2000s, “we were going from the airport to the hotel, and we
drove through what looked like a rougher neighborhood.”
“Trump made a comment to me, saying that only the blacks could
live like this,” Cohen told Vanity Fair.
Cohen also claimed that Trump said “there’s no way’” he could let
an African-American contestant from season one of “The
Apprentice” be the reality show’s winner.
According to Vanity Fair, Cohen expressed regret over not quitting
his job at the Trump Organization after Trump allegedly made
those remarks to him, telling the magazine, “I should have been a
bigger person, and I should have left.”
The latest allegations from Cohen against his former boss come
after their relationship soured over a federal investigation into
Cohen. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight criminal counts of
tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He also
said that “in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for
federal office” — referring to Trump — he had helped keep
potentially harmful information about Trump from becoming public
during the 2016 campaign.
Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced in December.
Former White House communications staffer Omarosa Manigault
Newman, who was fired from her job last December, claimed in
her book “Unhinged” that Trump had used a racial slur on the set of
Trump has denied Manigault Newman’s claim and White House press
secretary Sarah Sanders has said Manigault Newman’s book is
“riddled with lies and false accusations.”