Michael Cohen says Trump 'is a racist' who once asked him to 'name a country run by a black person that wasn't a shithole'

  • Michael Cohen on Wednesday told members of Congress that President Donald Trump is a “racist.”
  • Cohen further said Trump once asked him if he “could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a ‘shithole.'”
  • Additionally, Cohen said Trump once told him black people would “never vote for him because they were too stupid.”
  • Follow along with all the updates from Cohen’s testimony here.

Michael Cohen, President Donald Trump’s former longtime lawyer and fixer, on Wednesday testified before Congress that Trump is a “racist” who once asked him if he “could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a “shithole.”

“[Trump] once asked me if I could name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a ‘shithole.’ This was when Barack Obama was President of the United States,” Cohen said as he testified before the House Oversight Committee about his relationship with Trump.

Relatedly, Trump reportedly referred toHaiti, El Salvador, and African countries as “shitholes” in a meeting with lawmakers at the White House on immigration in January 2018.


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Cohen also recalled a time that he was driving through a “struggling neighbourhood” with the president, and “[Trump] commented that only black people could live that way. And he told me that black people would never vote for him because they were too stupid. And yet I continued to work for him.”

In a later exchange with GOP Rep. Mark Meadows, who early on made his disdain for the hearing quite clear, Cohen was pressed about how Trump could be racist given his employment of Lynne Patton.

Patton, who is black, currently works in the department of Housing and Urban Development and was at the hearing as Meadows’ guest.

“[Patton] says that as a daughter of a man born in Birmingham, Alabama, that there is no way that she would work for an individual who was racist,” Meadows said to Cohen. “How do you reconcile the two of those?”

Cohen replied, “As neither should I as the son of a Holocaust survivor.”

As Meadows continued to press Cohen, he told the Republican representative to ask Patton how many black executives work at the Trump Organisation. “The answer is zero,” Cohen said.

Patton previously worked with the Trump Organisation, and was reportedly brought into Trump’s orbit by Cohen.

Prior to Wednesday’s hearing, Patton tweeted about her past with Trump and Cohen.

Trump has faced allegations of racism for years, but especially since his 2016 presidential campaign.

Cohen’s comments on Wednesday were particularly significant given his formerly close ties to Trump and intimate knowledge of his worldview.


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The president slammed Cohen in a tweet on Wednesday, stating, “Michael Cohen was one of many lawyers who represented me (unfortunately). He had other clients also. He was just disbarred by the State Supreme Court for lying & fraud. He did bad things unrelated to Trump. He is lying in order to reduce his prison time. Using Crooked’s lawyer!”

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