MICHAEL Cohen has claimed Donald Trump is jealous of his predecessor, former President Barack Obama.
Cohen said on Tuesday that Obama is “all the things that Donald Trump wants to be” as the president’s former personal attorney talked with MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow about Trump’s birther claims written about in his new memoir, Disloyal.
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“His hatred for Barack Obama is plain and simple: he’s black, he went to Harvard Law, he graduated at the top of his class, he’s incredibly articulate, he’s all the things that Donald Trump wants to be and he just can’t handle it,” Cohen said.
He added: “So what do you do if you’re Donald Trump and you can’t handle it? You attack it.”
Cohen also refuted claims Trump has made that he sent investigators to Hawaii, Obama’s birth state, to investigate the 2011 birther claims – which has often been contested.
“All the sudden he was sending people to Hawaii to check, that’s a lie. He never sent anybody anywhere, right? He said it and everyone just bought into it.
"‘Of course Donald Trump sent somebody! He’s rich,’ … But he didn’t want to spend the money and he didn’t believe it,” Cohen said.
“Donald Trump is like a cult leader,” Cohen said. “He repeats things over and over and over again with the theory that if you continuously say the same thing over and over, people will start to believe it.”
Cohen made similar statements in an interview with NBC News’ Lester Holt on Tuesday, adding in that interview that Trump is a “master manipulator” who acted like an “organized crime don.”
In his book, which was released on Tuesday, Cohen wrote that Trump fixated on birther arguments because he knew it would be “divisive.”
“What he cared about was identifying an issue that he could exploit to his advantage, no matter how divisive – in fact, the more divisive, the better, because it would arouse strong feelings for those who took his side,” Cohen wrote.
In his controversial tell-all, Cohen also claimed Trump witnessed “golden showers in a sex club in Vegas” and accused the president of cheating in the 2016 election.
In the book’s forward, Cohen – who was convicted of felony campaign finance violations — also accused the president of tax fraud and lying to his wife Melania to cover-up his apparent affairs.
“I stiffed contractors on his behalf, ripped off his business partners, lied to his wife Melania to hide his sexual infidelities, and bullied and screamed at anyone who threatened Trump’s path to power,” Cohen wrote.
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