Donald Trump's former lawyer, Michael Cohen, has turned on his former boss and call him a racist. The comments that he attributes to the President are unlikely to help the GOP's cause when it comes to courting the minority vote. Cohen went on to say that he and Trump drove through a low-income neighborhood, and Trump said to him that only the "blacks could live like this". Cohen also claimed that Trump told him, "There's no way I can let this black f-g win", while explaining why he did not choose African-American investor Kwame Jackson as the victor of "The Apprentice".
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've known Donald Trump for 40 years, I have never heard him make a racist comment.
The conversation wended its way back to the show's first season, which ended in a head-to-head between two contestants, Bill Rancic and Kwame Jackson.
Trump said it's because Jackson was African-American, and used a homophobic slur to describe him. "There's no way I can let this black f-- win", Trump said, according to Cohen.
In January, Trump pushed back against a suggestion that the U.S. restore protections for immigrants from Haiti, El Salvador and African countries - and instead said America should be bringing in more people from countries like Norway.
The conversation in Chicago happened in the late 2000s, according to Cohen; at the time, the two men were traveling to Trump International Hotel and Tower for a board meeting.
Cohen, who pleaded guilty in August to campaign-finance violations, and tax fraud, said he wishes he would have left the Trump Organization sooner, but he didn't because he grew numb to the offensive language.
Former White House communications staffer Omarosa Manigault Newman, who was sacked from her job last December, claimed in her book "Unhinged" that Trump had used a racial slur on the set of "The Apprentice".
As part of his plea agreement, Cohen agreed not to challenge any sentence from 46 to 63 months.
Cohen is reportedly cooperating with investigators in the Southern District of New York, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, and New York State for various investigations into Trump's personal and political life.