Published: Sun, November 04, 2018
Global News | By Blake Casey

Michael Cohen says Trump repeatedly used racist language before he was elected

Michael Cohen says Trump repeatedly used racist language before he was elected

Michael Cohen, left, a former personal lawyer for President Trump, is awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to campaign-finance and fraud charges.

In a discussion at Trump Tower in New York, Cohen says he told then-candidate Trump that the crowd at a recent campaign rally was largely white.

In January, Trump pushed back against a suggestion that the United States restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries - and instead said America should be bringing in more people from countries like Norway. Cohen said he had told Trump that the "rally looked vanilla on television", referencing the lack of black people in the audience.

"Why are we having all these people from shithole countries come here?" the commander-in-chief allegedly said during an immigration meeting with lawmakers.

He said that when he and Trump were traveling to Chicago in the late 2000s, "we were going from the airport to the hotel, and we drove through what looked like a rougher neighborhood".

The president's dislike for black people reportedly extended to his reality show "The Apprentice" as well and he told Cohen that "there's no way" he could let an African-American contestant win the first season.

But the span of the investigation also reportedly encompasses Trump's business dealings, to which Cohen had a front seat during the decade before the election as a senior executive in the president's real estate business in NY, the Trump Organization.

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Rudolph Giuliani, the president's personal attorney, said there were no allegations of wrongdoing against the president in the Cohen case.

Cohen says he wishes he had "been a bigger person" and quit the Trump Organization but says he forgave his boss and figured he'd grow into the presidency, something he now says hasn't happened. "Just because I support @POTUS @realDonaldTrump doesn't make me a racist".

Trump said it's because Jackson was African-American, and used a homophobic slur to describe him.

The White House did not reply to multiple requests for comment from Vanity Fair. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight criminal counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations.

Both women claimed Trump had affairs with them, which he denies.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced December 12.

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