Donald Trump’s former attorney, Michael Cohen, claims the president’s hatred of Barack Obama is based purely on racism and has little to do with policy.
“Why he despises him to the extent that he does, I believe it’s purely racial,” Cohen said Monday on ABC’s The View, while promoting his new book, “Disloyal, A Memoir,” available now in print and audio from Skyhorse Publishing.
In his book, Cohen recounts the time Trump allegedly hired an Obama impersonator for a video in which he “ritualistically belittled the first Black president and then fired him,” The Hill reports.
“One of the things that I tried to do was change his mindset,” Cohen said. “And that’s one of the reasons I advocated for him to the extent that I did.”
In his book, Cohen describes his years working for Trump as “a cult leader and I was in this cult,” he wrote, adding “And while I was in the cult I was really refusing to acknowledge that the actions I was performing for my boss were really morally wrong.”
The White House has called Cohen’s book “fan fiction.”
“About the only way a person is able to write a book on me is if they agree that it will contain as much bad ‘stuff’ as possible, much of which is lies,” Trump tweeted about Cohen late last month. “It’s like getting a job with CNN or MSDNC and saying that ‘President Trump is great.’ You have ZERO chance. FAKE NEWS!”
Cohen was sentenced to three years in federal prison, but is currently serving his remaining time under house arrest due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
“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,” White House Press Secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement, theGRIO previously reported.
Cohen describes Trump “an Archie Bunker racist” but admits he still has a fond place in his heart for him even though he finds him to be a “cheat,”, “liar,” and “bully.”
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Cohen’s book spotlights Trump’s Obama obsession and resurfaces ‘you’re fired’ video
The impression of Donald Trump’s obsession with his predecessor Barack Obama was fueled by a video from 2012 resurfacing this weekend from a parody in which the now-Republican president mocks his Democratic rival.
Journalists dug up the clip after Michael Cohen, Trump’s disgraced former fixer, shared a photo of it taken from the film to promote his latest book.
In the book, Cohen alleges Trump had “hatred and contempt” for the former president, made racist outbursts and was guilty of the same crimes that landed his former fixer in prison.
“Trump hired a ‘Faux-Bama’ to participate in a video in which Trump ‘ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him’,” Cohen’s book says. The apparent clip Cohen is describing shows Trump in Trump Tower in an office facing an unnamed Black man across a desk. It ends with an Apprentice-style “you’re fired”.
The clip is reported to have been looked at for possible inclusion in that year’s Republican convention, when Mitt Romney was nominated for president.
‘Trump hired a ‘Faux-Bama’ to participate in a video in which Trump ritualistically belittled the first black president and then fired him,’ Cohen’s book says. Photograph: Michael Cohen/Skyhorse
Both CNN and the Associated Press obtained an early copy of Cohen’s book.
“Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a shithole. They are all complete fucking toilets,” Cohen writes, attributing the comments to Trump following the former president’s election in 2008 – mirroring earlier reports he referred to African and Caribbean nations by the same insult.
Trump also supposedly denigrated the South African anti-apartheid activist and former president Nelson Mandela, claiming he “fucked the whole country up” and “now it’s a shithole”.
“Fuck Mandela. He was no leader,” Trump allegedly said.