Donald Trump‘s former lawyer, Michael Cohen sat down with Vanity Fair for a candid interview about the anti-Black statements the president made prior to getting elected.
Cohen claims that in the late 2000s, during a trip to Chicago, he and Trump “were going from the airport to the hotel, and we drove through what looked like a rougher neighborhood,” when Trump made the comment “only the Blacks could live like this,” Cohen told Vanity Fair writer Emily Jane Fox in an interview that was published on Friday.
The not-so-surprising revelation comes days after the White House held a summit of young Black conservatives, where Trump credited rapper Kanye West for his increased approval rating amongst Blacks.
In the VF interview, Cohen is quoted as saying: “I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded: ‘That’s because Black people are too stupid to vote for me.’”
According to a recent Rasmussen poll, Trump’s approval rating amongst Blacks was 40 percent, the highest it has been since he took office.
Cohen also recalled: “[Trump] said to me, ‘Name one country run by a Black person that’s not a shithole,’ and then he added, ‘Name one city’.”
Regarding a contestant on The Apprentice, Cohen claims Trump said, ‘There’s no way I can let this Black f-g win.’”
Mr. Cohen’s comments to Vanity Fair contradict the previous statement he made defending Trump against racism accusations. Last year, POTUS was heavily criticized for his response to the violent white nationalist protests in Charlottesville. At the time, Cohen told Business Insider that Trump “doesn’t have a racist bone in his body. All morning I am receiving horrific comments about being anti-Black, racist, etc. for supporting Trump. It’s just wrong!”
Meanwhile, as reported by sfgate.com, after the Vanity Fair article dropped, some have expressed outrage online, while others are not the least bit surprised by Cohen’s comments.
“When asked why Trump’s #MAGA crowds are so white, Michael Cohen says that @realDonaldTrump said that Black people are too stupid to vote for him,” wrote Twitter user @EBoyajy. “Actually… Black people are too smart to vote for him.”
YouTube personalist Paul Joseph Watson said, “Hillary Clinton literally said that all Black people look the same, a story that the media barely touched. That same media is now running breathless coverage of unsubstantiated claims from Michael Cohen about Trump supposedly making racist remarks. But there’s no bias, honest!”
And writer and filmmaker dream hampton wrote, “I hate when White people need White people generated evidence to believe the s— we been knew.”