While it was first published in 2013, Michael Cohen’s allegation that President Donald Trump once hired a former President Barack Obama impersonator just to humiliate and “fire” him on video has brought the presumed video in question back into the public eye.
In his upcoming tell-all book, Disloyal: A Memoir, Trump's former personal attorney alleged that Trump hired a "Faux-Bama" and "ritualistically belittled the first Black president and then fired him," according to CNN, which obtained a copy of the book prior to its release on Tuesday.
While Cohen did not reveal the impersonator's identity or when the video was filmed, he did include a photo from the video shoot. In the photo, Trump is sitting across from an Obama lookalike at his desk in Trump Tower, and a book on the desk has Obama's name on it.
The video in question was eventually dredged up by online sleuths—that, or Trump has at least two videos in which he has hired an Obama impersonator specifically to fire him.
The video features Trump and an Obama lookalike, who Trump insults before telling him, "You're fired." The video was first published in full by Breitbart in 2013.
The video was supposed to be a parody of Trump's old show, The Apprentice, in which he infamously would fire celebrity contestants, and it was slated to drop at the RNC in 2012, according to Business Insider. In 2012, Trump claimed he had a "big surprise" planned for the Republican National Convention (RNC), presumably the video. However, its airing was reportedly initially canceled due to bad weather before being indefinitely canned by then-Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney's team.
"They never put it on," Trump told Breitbart of the decision at the time. "The reason they didn't put it on is because they thought it was too controversial. Controversy. It might not be politically correct."
In the book, Cohen also claimed that Trump, who he refers to as a "racist," said Obama was only admitted to Columbia University and Harvard Law School because of "f*cking affirmative action." And during a rant about Obama, Trump allegedly said, "Tell me one country run by a Black person that isn't a sh*hole. They are all complete f-*cing toilets."
In addition to insulting Obama and South African leader Nelson Mandela, Trump also allegedly said that Black and Hispanic voters are "too stupid to vote for Trump."
In response to Cohen's most recent allegations, White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany told CNN that "Michael Cohen is a disgraced felon and disbarred lawyer, who lied to Congress. He has lost all credibility, and it's unsurprising to see his latest attempt to profit off of lies."
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