President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer Michael Cohen wants you to know that he’s not a racist, just because his boss doesn’t see much difference between white supremacists and those who protest against them, per his Tuesday remarks about the Charlottesville protests.
His proof? A photo collage of Cohen with assorted African-American pals, tweeted Wednesday morning. It’s like the old joke, meant to poke fun at the clueless casual racist, that “his best friends are black.”
Except Cohen’s not joking.
As the son of a holocaust survivor, I have no tolerance for #racism. Just because I support @POTUS@realDonaldTrump doesn’t make me a racist pic.twitter.com/lfIwdosreE— Michael Cohen (@MichaelCohen212) August 16, 2017
Some who are black, but aren’t Cohen’s friends, aren’t buying it, says Questlove:
Cohen has been tied to Trump since at least February 2007, when the New York Post reported that he was buying a lot of Trump apartments. Trump told the Post that, clearly, Cohen was a very smart person. In short order, Cohen joined the The Trump Organization and has served as Trump’s “pit bull,” as he’s known internally, ever since.
Helen Chernikoff is the Forward’s News Editor. She came to the Forward from The Jewish Week, where she served as the first web director and created both a blog dedicated to disability issues and a food and wine website. Before that, she covered the housing, lodging and logistics industries for Reuters, where she could sit at her desk and watch her stories move the stock market. Helen has a Master’s of Public Administration from Columbia University and a BA in History and French from Amherst College. She is also a rabbinical school dropout. Contact her at email@example.com and follow her on Twitter at @thesimplechild .
Trump’s Jewish Wingman: My Best Friends Are Black