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  • Ex-Trump attorney Michael Cohen said individuals stick by the former president because they’re “losers.” 
  • In an interview with NBC News, Cohen said President Trump only cares about himself. 
  • Those around Trump get in trouble because he’s willing to “throw them under the bus.” 

Michael Cohen said those around former President Donald Trump stay loyal to him for a long time because they “fell into the cult of Donald J. Trump.”

In a Saturday interview, NBC News Meet the Press host Chuck Todd asked the ex-Trump attorney: “Why do people stick by Trump for as long as they do?”


Cohen responded: “You know I’ve answered this question a lot and people think I’m being humorous but I’m not. It’s because we’re stupid. For some reason, we fell into the cult of Donald J. Trump. There’s a lot of excitement. There’s a lot of energy around it.”

The former Trump lawyer said that when Trump needed something from someone, he made them feel as if they were the “single most important person in the world.” 

Cohen said he wished other Trump associates like Rudy Giuliani or Mark Meadows would have listened to his advice from his own experience and stepped away from Trump’s playbook because they’re now in trouble. Many of those in Trump’s inner circle have been subpoenaed to testify in front of the January 6 House committee. 

“We’ve seen what happened to me. You’ve seen what’s happening now to Rudy Guiliani. You see what’s happening to [John] Eastman. You see what’s now happening to Christina Bobb. You see what’s happening to Sydney Powell, and a multitude of other people,” Cohen said, referring to former and current Trump attorneys. 

“All of whom I would hope, including now [former chief of staff] Mark Meadows, would have listened to me when I said before the House Oversight Committee ‘I know the game that you’re playing and it’s not going to work out for you the same way it didn’t work out for me.'”

Cohen added that Trump knows those in his circle are “self-motivated” because he is, but the reason those around him get in trouble and he doesn’t is because he leaves “no fingerprints.”

“He doesn’t do anything by email. He doesn’t do anything by text message. He has no fingerprints – something he learned from Roy Cohn and he doesn’t care about you,” he said. “He doesn’t care about anyone other than himself and he’s willing to throw you under the bus in order to protect himself.”

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