President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen claimed that the president had used racist language in private meetings, according to an interview with Vanity Fair.
Cohen told the magazine on Friday that Trump has said disparaging things about Black people in his presence at least four times.
“I told Trump that the rally looked vanilla on television. Trump responded, ‘That’s because black people are too stupid to vote for me,'” he told Vanity Fair regarding a conversation about turnout for one of his 2016 campaign rallies.
Cohen added that during a conversation following former South African president Nelson Mandela’s death, Trump told him: “‘Name one country run by a black person that’s not a s***hole.'”
His alleged remarks are similar to ones he made in January calling African countries and Haiti “sh***holes.”
Trump, who hosted the NBC hit show The Apprentice at the time, allegedly said: “there’s no way” he could allow a Black contestant from the first season to win the show.
Cohen, who experienced a fall from grace with Trump following a federal investigation which saw the lawyer plead guilty to eight criminal counts of tax evasion in August, said he regrets not leaving his job at the Trump Organization following the comments.
“I should have been a bigger person, and I should have left,” he told Vanity Fair.
Cohen’s accusation isn’t the first time a former Trump staffer accused him of being racist.
During her book tour for Unhinged, Omarosa Manigault Newman, who was on The Apprentice and was fired from her job at The White House in December, claimed that the president racist language during their time on the show.