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Sun Aug 20, 2017, 08:22 PM

5. I forgot Cohn was a DT mentor!

From PBS The Choice 2016

TONY SCHWARTZ:
He’s a kid who wants to figure out how to make deals, to figure out how to establish a presence for himself in Manhattan. And he’s right to believe that that’s not easy to do.

NARRATOR:
He needed a mentor. He found one in Roy Cohn, the notorious New York lawyer....

NARRATOR:
Cohn had become famous during the McCarthy hearings, a witch hunt that accused Americans of communist sympathies.

MARIE BRENNER, Vanity Fair:
He delighted in the fact that he had ruined so many lives in the McCarthy era...

Roy Cohn humiliated people. He made up things. He had no morals. You couldn’t even say that he had the morals of a snake. He had no morals. He had no moral center....

NIKKI HASKELL:
Roy was like a street guy. You know, he was like, “Punch— you punch me, I’ll punch you.” And I think he made Donald very confrontational. And I think you had that sort of tough guy, don’t take any kind of, you know, [expletive deleted] from anybody, kind of an attitude. And I think a lot of that, you know, he instilled in Donald.

BARBARA RES, VP, Trump Organization, 1980-92:
And in his drawer, he had a picture of Roy. And it was a grainy black and white picture, and Roy looked like the devil. And he would pull it out and he would say, “This is my lawyer. If we can’t make an agreement, this is who’s going to— who you’re going to be dealing with.”

NARRATOR:
In 1973, Trump hired Cohn to defend him and his father. They had been sued by the federal government for discriminating against black renters looking for apartments in their buildings.

MICHAEL KRANISH, Co-Author, Trump Revealed:
The lawsuit revealed that Trump agents allegedly were writing down C for colored or Number 9 to indicate a black prospective tenant, and those people were often turned away.


A psychopathic nightmare.

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