Sunday, December 01, 2019

The Roy Cohn influence ...

I have often wondered about the relationship of Donald Trump and Roy Cohn, the ruthless and corrupt attorney of the McCarthy era.

Cohn and he met in 1973 and Trump claims that his life was changed forever, but WHY did it have such an impact on him? The relationship lasted a mere 13 years when, in 1986, Cohn died of complications relating to Aids. It was also the same year that the Apellate Division of the Supreme Court of NY disbarred Cohn on charges of “dishonesty, fraud, deceit and misrepresentation.” Why would anyone want to emulate a man with this sordid background? 

This morning I listened to a replay of an interview that NBC newsman Brian Williams had with Edward Snowden and, strange as the source may be, I think I've finally found my answer. Snowden was expressing his knowledge of our present technology and how it has, in his opinion, undermined our democracy. Of course that led to questions surrounding the present administration and Williams asked him for his assessment of Trump. Snowden pondered the question and then finally answered it by saying, “Trump has never had a love that he hasn't paid for.”

Immediately I thought, “that's true except for this one time”. The one exception to that statement is his relationship with Roy Cohn. Always the devious opportunist Cohn had approached the 27 year old Trump in 1973 when he was at his most vulnerable. Cohn showered Trump with the love and adoration that he craved and Trump awarded him by hiring him to be his personal lawyer. Trump had finally found a person who gave him a strange sort of love,  100% loyalty  and the expertise of his devious past … no matter the cost.  It was a triple play that Trump could not resist and the rest is history.

I can't help but wonder how different things might have been if the two had never met.


Blogger Arkansas Patti said...

Did not know this but it does explain a bit. He has certainly worshiped at feet of some really undesirable men.

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