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Donald Trump’s Eminence Grise Mentor:  Roy Cohn


Roy Cohen began his career serving on Senator Joe McCarthy’s committee during the senator’s hearing on the US Army in 1953 and 1954.  He was responsible not helped in firing alleged Communists but was successful in getting gays banned by government service by President Eisenhower even though he remained in the closet his entire life.

Roy Cohn represented and mentored Donald Trump during Trump’s early business career. He helped Donald Trump gain entrée into New York society such as getting into Club 54. Trump imitated Cohn’s attack dog style in which he would portray himself as the victim instead of being the victimizer.

Cohn was disbarred by the Appellate Division of the New York State Supreme Court for unethical conduct in 1986 and died five weeks later from AIDS-related complications. When Cohn was no longer in a position to be of service to Trump, the Donald began to distance himself from Cohn.  He appeared briefly at Cohn’s funeral but hid in the background.  He gave Cohn’s life partner a pair of “diamond studs” which turned out to be utterly worthless.  When Trump no longer found someone no longer useful to him, he became a loser and was washed out of his life.

NYC Walks Blog 78 Donald Trump’s Eminence Grise Mentor:  Roy Cohn © 2019 by Dr. Philip Ernest Schoenberg

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