SEVERE WX : Red Flag Warning View Alerts
STREAMING NOW: Watch Now

Michael Cohen claims Trump made repeated racist references

Michael Cohen claimed that President Donald Trump used racist language in several private conversations with...

Posted: Nov 3, 2018 9:04 AM
Updated: Nov 3, 2018 9:04 AM

Michael Cohen claimed that President Donald Trump used racist language in several private conversations with him during the time he worked as Trump's personal lawyer and "fixer."

In an interview with Vanity Fair that published Friday, Cohen recalled four times that Trump made denigrating comments to him about black people.

Discrimination

Donald Trump

Government and public administration

Government bodies and offices

Michael Cohen

Misc people

Political Figures - US

Politics

Racism and racial discrimination

Societal issues

Society

US federal government

White House

2016 Presidential election

African Americans

Demographic groups

Elections (by type)

Elections and campaigns

Minority and ethnic groups

Political candidates

Population and demographics

US Federal elections

US Presidential elections

Companies

Condé Nast

Vanity Fair

CNN has confirmed from a source close to Cohen that the Vanity Fair story and quotes are accurate. The White House did not respond to Vanity Fair's multiple requests for comment. CNN has also reached out to the White House for comment.

Cohen alleged that Trump made a disparaging comment about African-American voters when they were discussing the turnout for one of his 2016 campaign rallies.

"I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, 'That's because black people are too stupid to vote for me,' " the President's former lawyer told the magazine.

Cohen claimed that when South African leader Nelson Mandela died, Trump remarked, "'Name one country run by a black person that's not a s***hole,' and then he added, 'Name one city.'"

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."

"Trump made a comment to me, saying that only the blacks could live like this," Cohen told Vanity Fair.

Cohen also claimed that Trump said "there's no way'" he could let an African-American contestant from season one of "The Apprentice" be the reality show's winner.

According to Vanity Fair, Cohen expressed regret over not quitting his job at the Trump Organization after Trump allegedly made those remarks to him, telling the magazine, "I should have been a bigger person, and I should have left."

The latest allegations from Cohen against his former boss come after their relationship soured over a federal investigation into Cohen. Cohen pleaded guilty in August to eight criminal counts of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign finance violations. He also said that "in coordination and at the direction of a candidate for federal office" -- referring to Trump -- he had helped keep potentially harmful information about Trump from becoming public during the 2016 campaign.

Cohen is scheduled to be sentenced in December.

Former White House communications staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, who was fired from her job last December, claimed in her book "Unhinged" that Trump had used a racial slur on the set of "The Apprentice."

Trump has denied Manigault Newman's claim and White House press secretary Sarah Sanders has said Manigault Newman's book is "riddled with lies and false accusations."

Oregon Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 32820

Reported Deaths: 543
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Multnomah7184138
Marion468394
Washington451960
Umatilla297641
Clackamas240861
Malheur162723
Lane121017
Jackson11485
Deschutes84012
Yamhill75713
Jefferson5348
Polk53015
Linn52213
Morrow4996
Lincoln48213
Union4462
Benton3106
Wasco2923
Klamath2802
Hood River2510
Douglas2324
Clatsop2120
Josephine1982
Columbia1711
Coos1570
Baker942
Crook621
Tillamook530
Lake330
Curry310
Wallowa311
Sherman180
Harney120
Grant100
Gilliam80
Unassigned00
Wheeler00

California Coronavirus Cases

Data is updated nightly.

Confirmed Cases: 809890

Reported Deaths: 15606
CountyConfirmedDeaths
Los Angeles2678016514
Riverside581781189
San Bernardino54478925
Orange533151216
San Diego46610776
Kern31947369
Fresno28336382
Sacramento22269406
Alameda21189406
Santa Clara21153312
San Joaquin20194441
Contra Costa16572205
Stanislaus16452354
Tulare15970263
Ventura12729150
Imperial11835317
San Francisco11143101
Monterey988471
San Mateo9843150
Santa Barbara9061113
Merced8872142
Kings756980
Sonoma7412122
Marin6716118
Solano630963
Madera448165
Placer357745
San Luis Obispo354629
Butte282744
Yolo280355
Santa Cruz23589
Sutter170511
Napa168113
San Benito134511
Yuba11537
El Dorado11274
Mendocino93118
Shasta85617
Lassen7400
Glenn5783
Tehama5605
Lake54911
Nevada5347
Colusa5296
Humboldt5017
Calaveras31714
Amador29616
Tuolumne2274
Inyo18715
Mono1652
Siskiyou1650
Del Norte1391
Mariposa752
Plumas500
Modoc270
Trinity160
Sierra60
Alpine20
Unassigned00
Medford
Clear
90° wxIcon
Hi: 98° Lo: 52°
Feels Like: 90°
Brookings
Clear
96° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 64°
Feels Like: 96°
Crater Lake
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 83° Lo: 42°
Feels Like: 76°
Grants Pass
Clear
79° wxIcon
Hi: 94° Lo: 63°
Feels Like: 79°
Klamath Falls
Clear
76° wxIcon
Hi: 84° Lo: 40°
Feels Like: 76°
Critical fire danger today
KDRV Radar
KDRV Fire Danger
KDRV Weather Cam

Community Events

Latest Video

Image

Monday, September 28 afternoon weather

Image

Monday, September 28 morning weather

Image

Sunday, September 27 evening weather

Image

Sunday, September 27 morning weather

Image

The initial spread of the Almeda Fire in real-time

Image

Saturday, September 26 evening weather

Image

Saturday, September 26 morning weather

Image

Friday, September 25th Evening Weather

Image

First responders tell the Almeda Fire story

Image

Fire hydrants stopped pumping water during the Almeda Fire