Trump’s ex-lawyer says president disparaged Black leaders and voters

Washington, September 5

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump’s former private lawyer, is alleging in a brand new ebook that Trump made disparaging remarks about Black world leaders together with former South African President Nelson Mandela, in addition to about U.S. minorities basically, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Cohen labored intently with Trump for years earlier than turning towards him, most publicly in testimony to Congress final 12 months earlier than Trump’s impeachment.

Now Cohen is serving a three-year sentence for, amongst different issues, making false statements to Congress. In a ebook as a result of be printed subsequent week, Cohen alleges that Trump described Mandela as a poor chief, in line with the Washington Post which reported it obtained a replica of the ebook.

According to the newspaper, Cohen wrote that following Mandela’s dying in 2013, Trump mentioned: “Mandela f—ed the whole country up. Now it’s a s—hole. F— Mandela. He was no leader.”

Cohen additionally alleged that Trump mentioned: “Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a s—hole. They are all complete f—ing toilets.”

White House Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany responded by attacking Cohen’s credibility.

“Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it’s unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies,” McEnany mentioned in an announcement.

Trump has referred to as Cohen “a rat,” and a liar, and Cohen has mentioned he confronted repeated dying threats from Trump supporters.

Trump, a Republican, is searching for re-election and can face Democrat Joe Biden on the polls on Nov. 3. At the Republican conference in August the place Trump was formally nominated to seem on the poll, audio system defended Trump towards previous accusations of racism.

Cohen alleged that Trump was dismissive of minorities, and that Trump mentioned throughout his 2016 presidential marketing campaign that he wouldn’t win the Hispanic vote, the Washington Post reported.

According to Cohen, Trump mentioned: “Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump.”

Cohen is serving time for tax evasion, false statements and marketing campaign finance violations, the final associated to funds to silence ladies who alleged affairs with Trump earlier than the 2016 presidential election.

He was launched to residence confinement in May given the dangers of catching COVID-19 in jail, however then was briefly imprisoned once more in July. A federal decide then dominated Cohen had been subjected to retaliation for planning to publish his ebook, and ordered him launched once more.–Reuters

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