Disloyal (3)

Rest of the excerpts from Michael Cohen’s book.

The biggest influence by far – by a country mile – was the media. Donald Trump’s presidency is a product of the free press. Not free as in freedom of expression, I mean free as unpaid for. Rallies broadcast live, tweets, press conferences, idiotic interviews, 24-7 wall-to-wall coverage, all without spending a penny. The free press gave America Trump. Right, left, moderate, tabloid, broadsheet, television, radio, Internet, Facebook – that is who elected Trump and might well elect him again. The underlying reasons were both obvious and hard to discern, and it continues to amaze me that this phenomenon isn’t a central part of the conversation about the current plight of the United States of America. (page 208)

Now we had to find a campaign manager. It soon became apparent that Trump wouldn’t be able to engage any of the more experienced political handlers. The leading lights in the Republican party all wanted to be paid $200,000 a month, with the added requirement that they be paid up front for a full year. The reason was simple: they were convinced that Trump’s candidacy was a publicity stunt and he’d withdraw after the initial rush of free press. (page 214)

No one ever tells Trump the truth about his behavior and beliefs, or the consequences of his conduct and ignorance and arrogance, in business or in his personal life and now in politics. Trump truly is the boy i the bubble, impervious to the thoughts and feelings of others, entirely and utterly focused on his own desires and ambitions. (page 221)

“Plus, I will never get the Hispanic vote,” Trump said. “Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump. They’re not my people.” (page 225)

I’d told Trump a few small details about Palomarez and Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, but he’d done no preparation for the simple reason that he never prepares for anything, ever. Reading reports, taking briefings, seeking context and background for professional encounters – Trump does none of that, trusting that he can fake his way through life. More than that, he preferred to be ignorant, as it allowed him to rely on his gut instincts. (page 227)

“What a phony bullshit artist,” he said. “He and the whole Hispanic Chamber of Commerce thing is a fucking scam. Like Al Sharpton’s bullshit group. Who knows, who cares. No matter what, I’m not doing his fucking town hall. And did you hear in the middle when I asked him how the organization supports itself? Through donations and dues and advertising, he said. He was looking for me to become one his suckers. Fuck him. I don’t regret what I said about Mexicans. What I said was fucking true.” (page 229)

As I’ve been saying since the beginning, Trump was a mobster, plain and simple, and I had just participated in political and personal blackmail. (page 241)

The Trump campaign wasn’t organized enough to have secure back channels to the Kremlin, and people like Corey Lewandowski wouldn’t have a clue how to pull off such an operation. Steven Bannon loved to portray himself as an evil genius – and he truly was an evil, racist human being, like the character Al Pacino played in The Devil’s Advocate who was actually the antichrist – but he wasn’t going to try something as fraught and potentially destructive as contacting the Russians. What appeared to be collusion was really a confluence of shared interests in harming Hillary Clinton in any way possible, up to and including interfering in the American election – a subject that caused Trump precisely zero unease. (page 247)

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. I don’t mean that as speculation or an opinion. That was a stone-cold fact during the 2016 campaign and throughout Trump’s presidency to this very day. To Trump, his voters are his audience, his chumps, his patsies, his base. Guns, criminalizing abortion – Trump took up those conservative positions not because he believed in them but because they were his path to power. That was what I meant when I told Congress that Trump is a con man. (pages 250-1)

Trump actually hated firing people and facing personal confrontation, despite his fame for barking “you’re fired” on The Apprentice. He had others do his dirty work for him, often delighting in the details about how humiliated or badly treated the victim of his firings were. But he didn’t have the guts to do it himself. (page 267)

Behind Trump’s back, Lewandowski called him a moron. (page 269)

The fact that I’d never consumed alcohol in my life endeared me to Trump in an unspoken way; he’d watched his older brother drink himself to death at an early age and held drunks in contempt – avoiding alcohol was a major element of his way of life. (page 297)

In truth, Trump lacked intimates and true friends, so he had nowhere to turn in his hour of need, a reality I now see playing out on the nightly news as he gets more and more isolated as president. (page 301)

So their is your answer: Did Donald J. Trump know that I paid off Stormy Daniels to catch and kill her story? Of course he did. (page 305)

There were a few reasons for this unwillingness to prepare for victory in the way any sane politician would when faced with the prospect of becoming the leader of the free world in a matter of days. The biggest was that he thought he was going to lose. Next, Trump never, ever prepared or studied or planned, instead trusting his instincts, a practice that seemed certifiably insane to me. He considered that kind of effort a waste of time and beneath his stature. The last reason, improbably, was that Trump thought it would be a jinx to actually anticipate a victory, preferring not to tempt fate in a way that was beyond reckless. (page 310)

I was going to eat the 4130,000, just like Pecker had eaten the $150,000, as a way to provide deniability to Trump, adding insult to injury? I had seen firsthand how Trump justified screwing people and the terrible consequences it provoked. The reason I’d had to pay Daniels in the first place was solely because he’d screwed David Pecker out of the $150,000 paid to silence Karen McDougal. Consider that fact. My payment, and all the hellfire and damnation that ensued, up to and including my circumstances as inmate number 86067-054 in Otisville federal prison, stemmed from that ingratitude and dishonesty. If Trump had repaid Pecker, chances are high none of the nonsense and idiocy that ensued would have happened. (page 313)

The particular gentleman refused to identify himself, but he said he was in possession of a tape showing Trump with a group of prostitutes in Moscow and that the women were peeing on a bed with the Boss visibly watching them. (page 320)

In the summer before the election, I told a reporter for Vanity Fair, Emily Jane Fox, that I’d take a bullet for Trump, and I meant it. But not if Donald Trump pulled the trigger. (page 328)

Underneath my defiant stance lay the bedrock of what I had learned at the foot of Donald Trump when trouble arose: Just say…fuck you! (page 336)

At the very least Trump didn’t care about the truth. If facts didn’t suit him, he denied them, changed them, invented them, and then seemingly believed them – to hell with reality – and I willingly played along. (page 339)

Queen for the Day is the term used for a meeting with prosecutors to tell law enforcement the truth about any and all criminal activity, without prejudice, in order to negotiate a plea-bargain agreement. (page 351)

This was the American justice system at work. My lawyers had continually stated that they didn’t see any charges coming, but the truth in this country is that if federal prosecutors want to get you, they will. No matter who you are. No one reading this book should think for a second that they’re immune to these gangster tactics that have been so widely publicized, but continue unabated and unapologetically. I was in the grip of the conviction machine. I was the ham sandwich, and I had been indicted. (page 353)

There is a serious danger that Donald Trump will not leave office easily, and there is a real chance of not having a peaceful transition. When he jokes about running again in 2024 and gets a crowd of thousands to chant “Trump 2024,” he’s not joking. Trump never jokes. (page 360)

The reason the President wanted a new head prosecutor in the Southern District, I knew better than anyone, was so that while in office, he could arrange to be federally indicted. In the event he loses the election in November, he could then pardon himself, as he’s long claimed to be his right. The reason behind that unprecedented and serpentine thinking was that Trump knows perfectly well that he is guilty of the same crimes that resulted in my conviction and incarceration. He also knows that I would be a star witness in that case, and my book a fundamental piece of evidence for his guilt. Without the immunity from prosectuion granted to the president, Trump will also almost certainly face New York State criminal charges. He would likely be convicted on both the Federal and State charges and face serious prison time. That is Donald Trump’s greatest fear in life, believe me, and if he fails to get reelected, that will be his fate – and he knows it – so silencing me was an essential part of his overall plan to evade the law and avoid that outcome. (pages 365-6)

19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Tough Love on September 12, 2020 at 7:46 pm

    All “fake news” and not even ONE truthful element, right MJ ?

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  2. Posted by bpaterson on September 12, 2020 at 7:57 pm

    I believe much underlying explanation in many of Cohens accusations of trumps non-thinking, cohen says trump does no reading or research of reports and thus says he is stupid for that–so its all just negative vibes he wants to put out, and probably just for promotion of his book as his detractors state…but possibly trump (outside of his huge self aggrandizing) could actually be using his intuition and street smarts to bully thru these past 4 years, which looking at what he was able to accomplish with just his intuition is certainly amazing feat. And something else I’ve always wondered or maybe I’ve figured out, Trump has no speech writers. Thats why the dems (of which i am registered) goes bananas about him, he’s able to power thru these past 4 years despite their consistent sorties, insults and harassments. If anything i would consider that an admiral trait for someone who really shouldnt have tried to be be president. It definitely shows the younger generations, you don’t need political connections nor experience to achieve the presidency, just fortitude and kismet. Only in America.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 12, 2020 at 8:19 pm

      When children are taught “positive” traits and who are good role-models, you can be assured that Trump and his traits will be nowhere on that list. No parent would want their child so poisoned.

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  3. Posted by Anonymous on September 12, 2020 at 8:18 pm

    Michael Cohen, is a liar,troll and an odious dolt. He never had an original idea in is bemused alcoholic drug infested life.

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  4. TL, I believe that Trump had the affair with Stormy Daniels and that Cohen was involved in paying her off. That doesn’t change the fact that Michael Cohen is still a disgraced, disbarred, bitter ex-Trump employee who has been prosecuted. I wonder how much he was paid for the book?

    As far as using the media as free campaign ads, I’d say that’s good business!

    As for the rest, I tend to agree with bpaterson…….all negative vibes. I bet Cohen loved the money he was making off of Trump and all the goodies that came with it, after all, he was willing to take a bullet for him.

    I look at what Trump has managed to accomplish in the past four years which to my view is a positive.

    Yes, he is crass, he needs to stop name calling (just like you do) and he needs to keep his big mouth shut. He is his own worst enemy

    But at least, finally, there is much hope that there will finally be peace in the Mid-East.

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    • How about peace in America?
      2 cops (not roofers) ambushed and shot in their patrol car last night. A 24 year old man and a 31 year old mom of a six year old.
      I saw Trump had a tweet out very quickly calling for the “animals to be hit hard”.
      Looking even as of 815 am, the Biden twitter feed has no mention of it.
      The worst part? Protesters blocked the ambulances with the critically injured officers access to the emergency room They were shouting “death to the police”.
      But hey, while there will be no mention of it during today’s NFL games(I won’t be watching) you can watch players play with an alleged rapists name written on the back of their helmets. Metoo#? Nah. Frauds.
      They blocked the GWB yesterday. Folks are sick of it. The city is a ghost town, gun sales are through the roof. The west coast is on fire. People can’t eat dinner without being harassed.
      Where’s Biden?
      At least Sheila Oliver gave heartfelt support to LEO.
      This is a big problem for the democrats.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 13, 2020 at 1:57 pm

      Quoting ……….. ” That doesn’t change the fact that Michael Cohen is still a disgraced, disbarred, bitter ex-Trump employee who has been prosecuted. ”

      And how about Roger Stone, clearly even MORE of a liar, felon, creep, and convicted of lying to Federal Prosecutors. But because he is a “buddy” of Trump, and hasn’t spilled the inside information that would clearly hurt Trump, what does our lack-of-principles President do …………. commutes his sentence.

      —————

      Quoting …………….. “I look at what Trump has managed to accomplish in the past four years which to my view is a positive.”

      What ????

      What has he “accomplished” that is directly a result of HIS efforts and actions, and wouldn’t have happened anyway.?

      EVERY decision and every action he takes is viewed through the prism of ….. “how does this benefit ME”.

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  5. E……terrible what happened to those cops, words can’t convey and then protesting at the hospital….completely outrageous and disgusting

    Of course peace in America and peace in the Middle East too thanks to Trump. Hopefully, our military men and women can come home soon.

    Prayers for those officers and their families.

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  6. This has happened before, I think. Gangs shooting cops in retaliation, or just making their bones.

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    • Posted by Tough Love on September 14, 2020 at 4:42 pm

      ANYONE nightcap with an illegal gun ……… no excuses or loopholes ……. should get an automatic 10 year prison sentence.

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      • Posted by Tough Love on September 14, 2020 at 4:43 pm

        lol ………….”nightcap” (just love the changes this thing makes).

        s/B caught.

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      • Yes. I’d go 15 years. And if you actually use the gun (even if you miss) then life in prison. Wait tho…..we need to reimagine police I thought. What an absolute crock of shit shoved down the throat of decent law abiding citizens.

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        • Posted by Tough Love on September 14, 2020 at 9:37 pm

          I don’t go for this de-funding police nonsense.

          Yes, materially reduced the now VERY excessive pensions & benefits, but getting rid of police is just stupid-talk.

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        • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! 🐶🐶🐶🦴🦴🦴 on September 16, 2020 at 8:51 pm

          Yes. I’d go 15 years. And if you actually use the gun (even if you miss) then life in prison.
          Oh brother, mega clown boys.

          What is next, mandatory 5 year minimum for jaywalking??? I have to laugh at all this tough on crime bullshit, for issues that are not even violent. Reminds me SO MUCH of the same tough on crime ass clown Republicans, specifically our Repug Congressman from San Diego, Randall “Duke” Cunningham. Big tough on crime macho man! 10 year mandatory minimums! Well, until his SON was busted with a shitload of drugs with a 30+ year mandatory minimum in federal prison, then that wussy went onto the floor of the Congress and cried like the little baby biotch he was/is. He cried more when his sorry ass went to the Federal Pen for 9 years for taking bribes, selling his office for $$$. These ass clowns LOVE the life in prison for speeding laws, UNTIL it applies to their sorry ass then they do what Duke did, cried like a friggen baby ….

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          • Posted by Tough Love on September 16, 2020 at 9:33 pm

            So you think getting caught with an illegal handgun isn’t serious? Those illegal guns are the source* of 1,300 shootings (with almost 400 deaths) per year in NYC.

            * actually it’s the morons (usually gang members) pulling the trigger.

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