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Michael Cohen: Trump hates Obama because he's everything he 'wants to be'

Michael Cohen: Trump hates Obama because he's everything he 'wants to be'
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Michel Cohen, President TrumpDonald TrumpClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Arizona Republican's brothers say he is 'at least partially to blame' for Capitol violence Biden reverses Trump's freeze on .4 billion in funds MORE’s former personal attorney, said Tuesday that the president was fixated on his predecessor Barack ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaClinton, Bush, Obama reflect on peaceful transition of power on Biden's Inauguration Day Biden's inauguration marked by conflict of hope and fear Why aren't more Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders in Biden's Cabinet? MORE and attributed it to envy.

MSNBC’s Rachel MaddowRachel Anne MaddowA vaccine, a Burrito and more: 7 lighter, memorable moments from 2020 Klobuchar: Trump 'trying to burn this country down on his way out' DC attorney general: Ivanka Trump 'highly misleading' on lawsuit deposition MORE cited a passage in Cohen’s book, “Disloyal,” in which Cohen suggests Trump did not necessarily believe false claims that Obama was born outside the U.S. Rather, the book states, Trump was seeking to capitalize on issues that “would arouse strong feelings for those who took his side.”

“His hatred for Barack Obama is plain and simple: he’s Black, he went to Harvard Law, he graduated at the top of his class, he’s incredibly articulate, he’s all the things that Donald Trump wants to be,” Cohen said. “And he just can’t handle it. So what do you do if you’re Donald Trump and you can’t handle it? You attack it.”

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Cohen claims in the book, which was released Tuesday, that Trump frequently made racist remarks about both Obama and Nelson Mandela in private. He also released a photo from a video set to air at the 2012 Republican National Convention in which Trump “fires” an Obama impersonator. The segment was later canceled.

Cohen, who was convicted of campaign finance violations in 2018, has frequently analogized the president to a mob boss and a “cult leader” in his appearances promoting the book. The tell-all also suggests that then-Liberty University president Jerry Falwell Jr. endorsed Trump in 2016 in return for Cohen suppressing explicit photos of Falwell’s wife.

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The president’s former lawyer has also advised Trump to resign, saying he would likely be in legal trouble unless Vice President Pence becomes president and pardons him.

The White House has vehemently denied the claims in the book.

"Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer who lied to Congress," White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany said in a statement. "He has lost all credibility, and it's unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies."