Michael Cohen’s Intense 2016 Speech Defending Trump Against Charge of Racism a Flat Contradiction of Latest Claims
Michael Cohen, former attorney for Donald Trump and newly reborn #Resistance member, said on Friday that he has personally witnessed Trump making remarks that are clearly racist, including that “black people are too stupid to vote for him.”
But in a video obtained by Mediaite, Cohen can be seen in 2016 not merely defending Trump against being called racist, but vehemently delivering an impassioned, forceful, nearly 10-minute speech explaining in detail how and why Trump is not racist.
Either he was lying one of those times, or Cohen didn’t think in 2016 that saying “black people are too stupid to vote for me” was a racist thing to say.
Cohen’s 2016 remarks were delivered at the New Spirit Revival Center in Cleveland, Ohio, at a event with Pastor Darrell Scott. Scott and Cohen co-founded the National Diversity Coalition for Trump, a 2016 campaign organization created to appeal to minority voters. Vice Chair of that group was Omarosa Manigault, who has also stated this year that President Trump is racist.
In his speech at New Spirit Revival Center, Cohen began by offering a definition of the word racism.
“The word of the 2016 election, somehow, has become ‘racist’. And a racist is defined as a person who believes that all members each race possess characteristics and abilities specific to that race, especially so as to distinguish it as inferior to another race,” he said at the time. “I’ve lost count as to how many times the disgusting, liberal, mainstream media have attempted to label Mr. Donald Trump a racist, a xenophobe, and a bigot.”
In Vanity Fair‘s interview published Friday, Cohen said that after Nelson Mandela‘s death, Donald Trump made a remark about such characteristics. “[Trump] said to me, ‘Name one country run by a black person that’s not a shithole,’ and then he added, ‘Name one city.’” Nelson Mandela died in December of 2013, long before Cohen’s speech on racism and Trump.
“It’s disgraceful,” said Cohen in 2016 of reports of Trump being racist. “As the son of a Holocaust survivor, it’s hard to sit back– actually it’s morally wrong to sit back and do nothing when someone who you know, someone who you hold in great esteem and truly care about is being so viciously attacked, day in and day out.”
“Not only is Donald Trump not a racist, he believes that all people are part of one race: the human race,” he said.
Vanity Fair writes that Cohen “said that events also activated within him an urge to reveal details from his tenure at the Trump Organization, during which he said the president privately uttered chilling, racist language in one-on-one conversations.”
In his 2016 speech, Cohen said that people only called Trump a racist because they don’t know him. “One year ago while watching CNN, I was truly angered by the comments being made by a moderator, and the various surrogates. None of them know Mr. Trump, most have even met him. And yet they feel justified and eager to brand him a racist.”
“The words the media should be using to describe Mr. Trump are: generous, compassionate, principled, empathetic, kind, humble, honest, and genuine,” he added.
To Vanity Fair, Cohen related the story of watching a Trump rally on TV and noting to the candidate that the crowd was particularly caucasian. “I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me.’”
Like Omarosa, Cohen has an axe to grind, which Vanity Fair noted. And no one thinks that every word spoken in a campaign speech is gospel.
But the speech Michael Cohen gave at New Spirit Revival Center in 2016 wasn’t just stumping. It was deeply personal, it was very specific, it was vociferous and, importantly, it was definitively contradictory of what he is saying today. Two different Michael Cohens talking about two different Donald Trumps.
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