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Michael Cohen: Trump ‘a racist’ who asked ‘name a country run by a black person that wasn’t a shithole’

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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 to Haiti, 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 neighborhood” 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.”

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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