- Michael Cohen, the former fixer and lawyer to President Donald Trump, is releasing a memoir on Tuesday called “Disloyal.”
- In the book, Cohen details how Trump reacted after meeting with evangelical Christians before winning the 2016 election. An excerpt was published by The Washington Post.
- According to the excerpt, Cohen says Trump remarked after the meeting: “Can you believe people believe that bulls—?”
- Cohen also says it was a “cosmic joke” that Trump had managed to convince working-class people that he cared about him, but “the truth was that he couldn’t care less.”
- Evangelical Christians — which make out one in four Americans — were credited with helping Trump win the White House, with 80% of evanglicals voting for Trump in 2016.
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President Donald Trump spoke condescendingly about evangelical Christians after holding a meeting with religious leaders before the 2016 election, his former lawyer and fixer Michael Cohen has claimed in a new book.
Cohen, who broke with Trump to cooperate with Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s Russian interference investigation, is releasing a memoir on Tuesday titled “Disloyal: A Memoir: The True Story of the Former Personal Attorney to President Donald J. Trump.”
The Washington Post, which obtained a copy of the book before it was published, reported one passage in which Cohen details what happened after Trump met with prominent evangelical leaders at Trump Tower in 2016 before winning the presidency.
After the meeting was over, Cohen says Trump said: “Can you believe that bulls—? Can you believe people believe that bulls—?”
“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,” Cohen writes, according to The Post. “The truth was that he couldn’t care less.”
It’s unclear what meeting Cohen was referencing, but Trump did meet with conservative Christian leaders in New York City in June 2016, according to NPR, which was allowed inside the private event.
Despite Trump not being known for being religious, evangelical Christians overwhelmingly supported Trump, a self-described Presbyterian, in the 2016 election, with 80% of the group voting for him over Hillary Clinton.
Evangelical Christians are an important voting bloc. With one in every four Americans describing themselves as evangelical, they are the most common religious group in America, according to the Brookings Institution think tank.
This support has mystified many, since Trump’s behavior — from calling women “pigs” to the inappropriate comments caught on the Access Hollywood tapes — can be very un-Christian-like.
However, in his first term, he has pleased evangelical Christians by adding two conservative judges to the Supreme Court, blocking funding to Planned Parenthood, and supporting religious freedom.