President Donald Trump’s former lawyer Michael Cohen will appear in a series of ads for the Democratic group American Bridge in the coming days, telling voters that Trump “can’t be trusted” and that they “shouldn’t believe a word he utters” during the Republican National Convention this week.
“For more than a decade, I was President Trump’s right-hand man, fixer and confidant. I was complicit in helping conceal the real Donald Trump. In essence, I was part of creating an illusion,” Cohen says in the roughly 90-second long video recorded for the group that will be cut down into shorter ads. “Later this week, he’s going to stand up at the White House and blatantly lie to you.”
Cohen adds: “I’m here to tell you he can’t be trusted — and you shouldn’t believe a word he utters. So, when you watch the President this week, remember this: If he says something is huge, it’s probably small. If he says something will work, it probably won’t. And if he says he cares about you and your family, he certainly does not.”
The Trump campaign in a statement attacked Cohen’s credibility.
“If you believe anything Michael Cohen says,” said Matt Wolking, a spokesman for the Trump campaign, “I have a basement in Delaware to sell you.”
In a nod to the expected push back from Trump and the fact that most Democrats see Cohen as a contemptible figure, the former Trump adviser closes the video by saying, “You don’t have to like me. But please, listen to me.”
The ads are an effort to counterprogram the Republican National Convention happening this week from a super PAC that supports Democratic nominee Joe Biden and other party candidates. They will begin running digitally on Monday night and on television starting Wednesday, as the convention enters its final two days.
Cohen made the comments during an interview with American Bridge staffers. The video represents the highlights of the super PACs conversation with Cohen, comments that will soon be cut into 30- and 60-second clips for digital and television ads.
Cohen’s comments get to the heart of Trump’s argument for reelection.
The former fixer says Trump’s promises to rebuild an economy hurt by the coronavirus aren’t true, arguing that the economy will only get better for people like the President because “if you think he cares about working class Americans, you’re dead wrong.”
And Cohen says Trump’s promises about law and order are “laughable.”
“Virtually everyone who worked for his campaign has been convicted of a crime or is under indictment,” he says. “Myself included.”
A spokesperson for American Bridge declined to comment when asked if the organization had paid Cohen for the appearance. The group, which conducts opposition research and runs negative ads against Republicans, was founded in 2010 by David Brock, who began his career as a conservative journalist before becoming a Democratic operative with close ties to the Bill and Hillary Clinton.
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