In a normal time, in a normal presidency, a tell-all book released by a former attorney detailing the corruption, racism, and crimes of an incumbent president running for re-election would be a jaw-dropping scandal. In the time of Donald Trump, none of the revelations are all that surprising. It all fits with what the country already knew about its 45th president.
NEW: @PostRoz and I got our hands on Michael Cohen’s new book, where he claims Trump called all countries run by Black people “shitholes,” and dismisses — in racist ways — both Obama and Nelson Mandela. https://t.co/hDrGt57NXl pic.twitter.com/d25OQnvzVi
— Ashley Parker (@AshleyRParker) September 6, 2020
In Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump, former attorney and “fixer” for Trump the businessman and the president Michael Cohen details the deep corruption within the Trump Organization, the Trump campaign, and the president himself. He refers to Trump’s inner circle as mafia-like and details racist beliefs held by the current leader of the free world on an astonishing scale.
According to The Washington Post:
‘Cohen lays out an alarming portrait of the constellation of characters orbiting around Trump, likening the arrangement to the mafia and calling himself “one of Trump’s bad guys.” He describes the president, meanwhile, as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.”
‘The memoir also describes episodes of Trump’s alleged racism and his “hatred and contempt” of his predecessor, Barack Obama, the nation’s only African American president.’
“Trump held a meeting at Trump Tower with prominent evangelical leaders, where they laid their hands on him in prayer. Afterward, Trump allegedly said: ‘Can you believe that bulls–t? Can you believe people believe that bulls–t?’” https://t.co/yALbGFt0BU
— Bill Kristol (@BillKristol) September 6, 2020
Cohen also describes the president’s admiration of Russian oligarch and strongman Vladimir Putin, which began well before he decided to run for president. The explanation for that admiration, according to Cohen, is quite simple.
‘On Russia, Cohen writes that the cause behind Trump’s admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin is simpler than many of his critics assume. Above all, he writes, Trump loves money — and he wrongly identified Putin as “the richest man in the world by a multiple.”
‘Trump loved Putin, Cohen wrote, because the Russian leader had the ability “to take over an entire nation and run it like it was his personal company — like the Trump Organization, in fact.”’
President Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, says he believes his former boss will "do anything and everything" to win re-election and "even go so far as to start a war" to remain in office. https://t.co/pyko8YrYHL
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) September 6, 2020
Trump’s feelings about people of color in the United States, particularly considering the amount of power Trump now holds, were the most disturbing details of Cohen’s tell-all. He believes that people of color are just “too stupid” to know what’s good for them politically and prefers to play to racists because they, at least, get him.
‘Cohen writes that during the 2016 campaign, Trump was dismissive of minorities, describing them as “not my people.” “I will never get the Hispanic vote,” Cohen recounts Trump claiming. “Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump.”
‘Cohen describes Trump’s obsessive hatred of Obama, including claiming that the only reason the former president got into Columbia University and Harvard Law School was because of “f—ing affirmative action.” He also recounts Trump’s “low opinion of all black folks.” claiming that Trump once said while ranting about Obama, “Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a s—hole. They are all complete f—ing toilets.”’
“The cosmic joke was that Trump convinced a vast swathe of working-class white folks in the Midwest that he cared about their well-being,” Cohen writes. “The truth was that he couldn’t care less.” https://t.co/fDlSb4hkXX
— Jake Tapper (@jaketapper) September 6, 2020