By Robert A. Vella
Donald Trump‘s longtime personal lawyer and “fixer” Michael Cohen has written a tell-all book about the current U.S. president which will be published on Tuesday. In it, he details chilling accounts of Trump’s vile racism, his mob-boss authoritarian nature, and his attraction to Russian strongman Vladimir Putin.
Trump’s hero-worship of Putin says a lot about his de facto ideology. Although Trump is obviously adverse to intellectual pursuits which are necessary for the development of personal philosophies be it political, spiritual, or otherwise, his narcissistic and sociopathic psychology is consistent with the ideologies of corporatism, fascism, and oligarchy. Trump is corporatist because he merges the interests of state and corporate power. Trump is fascist because he attempts to wield totalitarian power in a discriminatory manner against workers, consumers, ethnic and racial minorities, democracy, republicanism (i.e. the rule of law), and all social institutions which advance objective knowledge and understanding (e.g. science and secularism). Trump is an oligarch because he desires a hierarchical, stratified society ruled by privilege and wealth. Putin, the consummate oligarch and totalitarian, checks all of these boxes with the possible exception of racism; so, the Russian leader doesn’t necessarily match the technical definition of fascism. Trump, on the other hand, certainly does.
Here are some revelations which were not excerpted from the story linked to in this post:
- Cohen quotes Trump saying that: “[Hispanics are] not my people. I will never get the Hispanic vote. Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump.”
- Cohen quotes Trump saying while expressing hatred of Barack Obama: “Tell me one country run by a black person that isn’t a shithole. They are all complete fucking toilets.”
- Cohen quotes Trump saying while praising the racist Apartheid era of South Africa: “[Nelson] Mandela fucked the whole country up. Now it’s a shithole. Fuck Mandela. He was no leader.”
- Cohen quotes Trump saying in ridicule of evangelical Christians: “Can you believe that bullshit? Can you believe people believe that bullshit?”
- Cohen said: “The cosmic joke was that Trump convinced a vast swathe of working-class white folks in the Midwest that he cared about their well-being. The truth was that he couldn’t care less.”
- Cohen quotes Trump saying this about Cohen’s then 15-year old daughter: “Look at that piece of ass. I would love some of that.”
Here’s the cited article, relates stories, plus some court rulings:
In the book, “Disloyal: A Memoir,” which was obtained by The Washington Post ahead of its Tuesday publication date, Cohen lays out an alarming portrait of the constellation of characters orbiting around Trump, likening the arrangement to the mafia and calling himself “one of Trump’s bad guys.” He describes the president, meanwhile, as “a cheat, a liar, a fraud, a bully, a racist, a predator, a con man.”
The memoir also describes episodes of Trump’s alleged racism and his “hatred and contempt” of his predecessor, Barack Obama, the nation’s only African American president
On Russia, Cohen writes that the cause behind Trump’s admiration of Russian President Vladimir Putin is simpler than many of his critics assume. Above all, he writes, Trump loves money — and he wrongly identified Putin as “the richest man in the world by a multiple.”
Trump loved Putin, Cohen wrote, because the Russian leader had the ability “to take over an entire nation and run it like it was his personal company — like the Trump Organization, in fact.”
According to Cohen, Trump’s sycophantic praise of the Russian leader during the 2016 campaign began as a way to suck up and ensure access to the oligarch’s money after he lost the election. But he claims Trump came to understand that Putin’s hatred of Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton, dating to her support for the 2011 protest movement in Russia, could also help Trump amass more power in the United States.
Cohen details a tawdry 2013 visit to a Las Vegas club, the Act, with Trump and Aras and Emin Agalarov — a Russian father-and-son oligarch duo. Cohen asserts that the group watched a debauched strip show that included one performer who simulated urinating on another performer, who pretended to drink it.
Trump’s reaction to the show, Cohen writes, was “disbelief and delight.”
ORLANDO, Fla. — A federal judge has ordered the U.S. Census Bureau for the time being to stop following a plan that would have had it winding down operations in order to finish the 2020 census at the end of September.
The federal judge in San Jose late Saturday issued a temporary restraining order against the Census Bureau and the Commerce Department, which oversees the agency. The order stops the Census Bureau from winding down operations until a court hearing is held on Sept. 17.
The once-a-decade headcount of every U.S. resident helps determine how $1.5 trillion in federal funding is distributed and how many congressional seats each state gets in a process known as apportionment.
In other court news: