Michael Cohen, former personal attorney for US President Donald Trump, claims in a new book that Trump made derogatory remarks about black world leaders, including former South African President Nelson Mandela, as well as US minorities in general, the reported Washington Post on Saturday.
Cohen worked closely with Trump for years before turning against him, most publicly as testimony to Congress in the last year before Trump’s impeachment.
Cohen is now serving a three-year prison sentence, partly for making false statements to Congress. In a book due out next week, Cohen claims Trump labeled Mandela a poor leader, according to the Washington Post, which reported she received a copy of the book.
According to the newspaper, Cohen wrote that after Mandela’s death in 2013, Trump said, “Mandela spiced up the whole country. Now it’s a dump. Q – Mandela. He wasn’t a leader.”
Cohen also claimed Trump said, “Tell me a country run by a black person who’s not a dump. They’re all fully equipped with toilets.”
White House spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany then attacked Cohen’s credibility.
“Michael Cohen is a shamed criminal and disbarrassed lawyer who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility and it is not surprising to see his recent attempt to profit from lies,” McEnany said in a statement.
Trump has called Cohen “a rat” and a liar, and Cohen has said he has faced repeated death threats from Trump supporters.
Trump, a Republican, is running for re-election and will run against Democrat Joe Biden in the November 3rd election. At the August Republican Congress, where Trump was officially nominated for election, speakers defended Trump against previous allegations of racism.
Cohen claimed Trump opposed minorities and Trump said during his 2016 presidential campaign he would not win the Hispanic vote, the Washington Post reported. According to Cohen, Trump said, “Like blacks, they are too stupid to vote for Trump.”
Cohen is spending time on tax evasion, false testimony, and campaign finance violations. The latter referred to payments to silence women who allegedly had affairs with Trump prior to the 2016 presidential election.
He was released to the detention center in May because of the risk of catching COVID-19 in prison. However, he was briefly detained again in July. A federal judge then ruled that Cohen had been suspended for planning to publish his book and ordered him to be released again.
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