Trump made disparaging remarks about Nelson Mandela, other black leaders

“He Was No Leader”: Ex-Lawyer On Trump’s Remarks About Nelson Mandela

Michael Cohen worked closely with Trump for years before turning against him, most publicly in testimony to Congress last year prior to Trump’s impeachment.


Michael Cohen, US President Donald Trump’s former personal lawyer, is alleging in a new book that Trump made disparaging remarks about Black world leaders including former South African President Nelson Mandela, as well as about US minorities in general, the Washington Post reported on Saturday.

Cohen worked closely with Trump for years before turning against him, most publicly in testimony to Congress last year prior to Trump’s impeachment.

Now Cohen is serving a three-year sentence for, among other things, making false statements to Congress. In a book due to be published next week, Cohen alleges that Trump described Mandela as a poor leader, according to the Washington Post which reported it obtained a copy of the book.

According to the newspaper, Cohen wrote that following Mandela’s death in 2013, Trump said: “Mandela f—ed the whole country up. Now it’s a s—hole. F— Mandela. He was no leader.”

Cohen also alleged that Trump said: “Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a s—hole. They are all complete f—ing toilets.”

White House Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany responded by attacking Cohen’s credibility.

“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,” McEnany said in a statement.

Trump has called Cohen “a rat,” and a liar, and Cohen has said he faced repeated death threats from Trump supporters.

Trump, a Republican, is seeking re-election and will face Democrat Joe Biden at the polls on Nov. 3. At the Republican convention in August where Trump was formally nominated to appear on the ballot, speakers defended Trump against past accusations of racism.

Cohen alleged that Trump was dismissive of minorities, and that Trump said during his 2016 presidential campaign that he would not win the Hispanic vote, the Washington Post reported. According to Cohen, Trump said: “Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump.”

Cohen is serving time for tax evasion, false statements and campaign finance violations, the last related to payments to silence women who alleged affairs with Trump before the 2016 presidential election.

He was released to home confinement in May given the risks of catching COVID-19 in prison, but then was briefly imprisoned again in July. A federal judge then ruled Cohen had been subjected to retaliation for planning to publish his book, and ordered him released again.

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  1. “White House Spokeswoman Kayleigh McEnany responded by attacking Cohen’s credibility.”

    Well, another lie from the Spokeswoman, but isn’t she hired to say so?. On the contrary, Mr Cohen’s claims are nothing new; Trump has been consistent in insulting and undermining Black people and their leaders in every opportunity.

    Of course, the Spokeswoman would say, “what is the fuss? He is right!”

  2. Trump is a racist MOFO…that was his primary pet peeves against President Barack Obama, our 44th U.S. president, and the first African American. So it’s not surprising that the loser and sucker would disparage Nelson Mandela in the same manner. Don’t worry we’ll have him pack his bag out of Washington in short order. Vote Biden! We shall win!!!

  3. Meron, you’re amazing and Team Joe is doing an incredible work. I want to nominate you as an Ethiopian-American public engagement officer after we win. Just to cheer you up the lead that former vice president Joe Biden has held over President Trump since he became the presumptive Democratic nominee — confirmed this past week in a number of high-quality post-convention polls — has been almost shockingly stable, given the pandemic, the economic crisis and one of the broadest protest movements in living memory. Historically with that kind of a lead this far in the race after Labor Day is a sure winner. But keep the hard work and don’t leave any stone unturned. As you say, “We Shall win” on November 3rd! Cheers!

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