Trump is a racist mobster, says Michael Cohen in new book

Trump is a racist mobster, says Michael Cohen in new book
Michael Cohen worked as Donald Trump's personal lawyer for years. Source: Reuters
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Daily US Times: Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen says the US President behaves like a mobster and has “a low opinion of all black people”.

The allegations come from the lawyer’s new book, Disloyal: A Memoir, written during his jail term for Trump campaign finance violations, among other crimes.

Cohen claims Donald Trump also made racist comments about Nelson Mandela and Hispanics.

The White House denied the allegations saying Cohen is lying.

Press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement at the weekend: “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.”

Cohen alleges in the book that Mr Trump is “guilty of the same crimes” that landed him in prison, and calls his former boss “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a conman”. He said Mr Trump had the mentality of a “mob boss”.

The book comes out on Tuesday and various US news outlets have published quotes from the book.

On black people and Mandela

Cohen writes in his book: “As a rule, Trump expressed low opinions of all black folks, from music to culture and politics.”

He claimed the US president said the late South African president and anti-apartheid activist Nelson Mandela was “no leader”.

Mr Trump once said, according to Cohen: “Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a shithole. They are all complete [expletive] toilets.”

The words echo similar allegations came against Mr Trump in 2018, that he referred to African countries as “shithole” nations.

Back then, the president told reporters: “I am not a racist. I’m the least racist person you have ever interviewed.”

Racism accusations have marred Donald Trump’s first term and continue to be an issue as the Republican presidential campaigns for a November re-election against his Democratic rival, Joe Biden.

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