January 19, 2019

Donald Trump Has No Friends Anymore

“Michael Cohen formalized the copping of his plea on Wednesday. He will go to prison for three years for crimes that he committed almost exclusively in the service of the man who is currently the President* of the United States. It is helpful, then, to remember that, a little more than two years ago, Michael Cohen was on top of the world. This newly minted felon was then the finance chairman of the Republican National Committee. For over a decade, he had dedicated himself to fixing those legal problems into which Donald J. Trump inevitably walked, because Donald J. Trump is a man without a perceptible soul.

Cohen had threatened the reporters. He had paid off the porn stars. He had cashed in heavy on reflected, if rancid, glory. And the man on whose behalf he had put out so many fires was about to become the President* of the United States. Which, as it turns out, was the worst thing that ever happened to Michael Cohen and, very likely, to the man he served as well.”

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