‘Horrified’: Ivanka and Don Trump Jr. wanted Trump to quit his ‘racist’ campaign, Michael Cohen writes – The Mercury News

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Ivanka and Donald Trump Jr. may have presented themselves at the Republican National Convention as their father’s biggest cheerleaders, but the two oldest Trump children had radically different perspectives when he was a candidate in 2015, according to a new book.

They and their brother, Eric, were “mortified” by the “racist” and “anti-Hispanic” things Donald Trump said when he announced his bid to run for president in June 2015, writes Michael Cohen, Trump’s former personal attorney, in his new book “Disloyal: A Memoir.”

The three oldest Trump children were so horrified that they wanted their father to quit the race, fearing that a campaign run on divisive fear-mongering about minorities and immigrants could “totally” destroy the family’s reputation, name and brand, Cohen wrote. Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric, all vice presidents at the Trump Organization, saw their “social position and legacy” being “flushed down the drain.”

Even as adult professionals, the Trump children retained a child-like fear of their domineering, “ego-maniacal” father and felt they couldn’t ask him themselves to drop out. So “in desperation,” they approached Cohen.

“Ivanka led the charge,” Cohen wrote. She said, “You’ve got to get Dad to stop the campaign. It’s killing the company.”

Don Jr. said to Cohen, half-jokingly: “If he keeps this up, you’ll be named the CEO of the Rump Organization. We’re losing millions.”

But Trump wouldn’t be deterred, and he had no intention of easing up on his more incendiary rhetoric, Cohen said.

“I don’t care,” Trump said, according to Cohen. “Plus, I will never get the Hispanic vote. Like the blacks, they’re too stupid to vote for Trump. They’re not my people.”

Cohen’s book was published Tuesday. Trump’s former “fixer” said he began writing “Disloyal” while in prison where he was sentenced after pleading guilty in 2018 to lying to Congress and for financial crimes and campaign finance violations involving hush-money payments made to two women who have said they had sexual relationships with Trump.

Trump announced his 2016 bid for president after gliding down the escalator at Trump Tower in Manhattan, accompanied by his equally “tanning-booth bronzed” wife Melania Trump, Cohen wrote. In his announcement, Trump began “spewing things that I found repulsive,” Cohen said. “Mexicans were rapists, he said, even though there was a very nice Mexican man working in Trump Ice Cream on the other side of the atrium no doubt listening in horror.”

In the days following Trump’s announcement, large companies cancelled their corporate events at Trump’s various golf clubs and resorts “at an alarming rate,” cutting off a significant portion of the revenue earned at these properties, Cohen wrote. Univision, the Spanish-language broadcasting network, stopped using Trump’s Doral golf course in Miami and canceled its contract to air the Miss USA and Miss Universe pageants.

Trump threatened to sue Univision, and saw himself as a victim — a growing tendency, Cohen wrote.

“These were the early signs of the power dementia that would come to consume Trump during the campaign and then further as president,” Cohen wrote. “It was like he couldn’t stop himself from going lower and lower, seeking to outrage more and more, the thrill of the spotlight bleaching out his few redeeming virtues.”

The three oldest Trump children saw what was happening and “were beside themselves with worry,” Cohen wrote.

“Racist, reactionary, anti-Hispanic weren’t exactly the terms that Ivanka Trump wanted associated with her clothing line,” Cohen wrote. “But she wasn’t going to stand up to her father any more than her brothers were; fear radiated outward from Trump, but it also sent its radioactive waves inwardly into the family.”

Cohen told the Trump children that they probably weren’t going to change his mind about running or on how he would conduct himself as a candidate.

“No one can change his mind on anything,” Cohen said he told them. “I certainly don’t like his position on Hispanics, either, but what can be done?”

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In the end, the Trump children stayed publicly silent about their differences with their father and over time found ways to ignore, deflect or downplay behavior “they know is wrong,” Cohen wrote.

Five years later, their father is president and is running for re-election. Though not elected themselves, Ivanka Trump and her husband Jared Kushner have become two of the most powerful people in the country by serving as Trump’s White House senior advisors. Meanwhile, Don Jr. has become one of his father’s most forceful and reliable advocates for his MAGA world view.

Numerous reports say Ivanka and Don Jr. see themselves as following their father’s footsteps into politics, with fans of both saying either could run for president. So, with all they owe their father, it’s perhaps no surprise that both cheered their father in their convention speeches last month — or that Don Jr. now sees that left-wing “political correctness” is driving accusations that his father is a racist.

“Tonight, I stand before you as the proud daughter of the people’s president,” Ivanka Trump said. She acknowledged that her father’s communication style “is not to everyone’s taste.” But she also declared, “The results speak for themselves.”

Cohen portrayed the Trump children somewhat sympathetically as he explained their willingness to mold themselves into their father’s political surrogates. He wrote they are “human beings” who were raised in “their father’s hellish nightmare vision of life.”

“The truth was that all three kids were starved for their father’s love,” Cohen wrote. “They’d received no love from their father as children, abandoned by their egomaniacal dad and humiliated when he openly cheated on their mother, and now all three are forever trapped in a cycle of seeking his approval.”

Cohen continued: “The impact can be seen in how the children remained quiet when their father acted out in racist or bigoted or bullying ways, behavior they used to know was wrong, and it can be seen in how Don Jr. more and more resembles his father.”

Cohen added that his children know when he is lying, but they go along with it “out of fear and misplaced loyalty.”

Still, he wrote that he wonders if they understand or care about “the harm they’re perpetuating on society, especially children, by slavishly enabling their father, or if they’ve stopped caring and are intent only on accumulating as much power and wealth as possible while they can.”

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