Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen has claimed the US president said black people are “too stupid to vote” for him.
Cohen had represented Trump for many years but in June he was fired and has since plead guilty to federal fraud charges.
He decided to share details of the private conversations with Trump following the deadly shooting at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
Speaking to Vanity Fair magazine, Cohen recalled a conversation he reportedly had with the former property mogul years earlier. They were watching the then-candidate’s campaign rally in 2016 on television at Trump Tower when Cohen noticed the crowd was mainly white.
He remarked that “the rally looked vanilla on television.”
Trump reportedly responded:
That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me.
In a separate conversation Cohen recalled a conversation they had about black leaders.
“[Trump] said to me, ‘Name one country run by a black person that’s not a shithole,’ and then he added, ‘Name one city.’”
White House Press secretary denied the comment at the time, stating “no one here is going to pretend like the president is always politically correct – he isn’t.”
In another conversation, Cohen claims Trump told him why he picked Bill Rancic to win the first season of The Apprentice over Kwame Jackson.
He [Trump] said, ‘There’s no way I can let this black f-g win.
People on Twitter had mixed reactions to the allegations against the president
Though not many were surprised...
Others pointed out that Cohen seems to be have changed his tune from last year, when he told Business Insider that Trump "doesn't have a racist bone in his body."
The White House has been contacted for comment.