Revelations about the charmer in chief are coming hot and heavy as we go into the final days of the election and the final days of Donald Trump. This particular piece about Trump’s predilection for pedophilia isn’t coming from Michael Cohen. It’s coming from his daughter, Samantha, the “piece of ass” in question, in an interview in Vanity Fair:
That summer day felt like all the others before it, standing alongside Trump outside the pool area, discussing what Cohen writes was “some pressing business matter, like the size of the breasts of a woman sunbathing on a lounge chair.” Somehow Trump’s attention was diverted to another skirt walking off a tennis court. “Look at that piece of ass,” Cohen recalls Trump saying, as he whistled and pointed. “I would love some of that.” It so happened that Trump was referring to Cohen’s then 15-year-old daughter, Samantha.
Cohen informed Trump of his mistake. “That’s your daughter?” Trump responded. “When did she get so hot?” When Samantha reached her dad, Trump asked her for a kiss on the cheek, before inquiring, “When did you get such a beautiful figure?” and warning her that in a few years, he would be dating one of her friends.
It’s a detail that strikes for obvious reasons: Trump’s history of icky comments about his own daughter Ivanka; the dozens of allegations of sexual misconduct that have been made against him over the years (all of which he denies); the comments he made on the Access Hollywood tape about being able to “grab” women by their genitals because he was famous. At the time, Cohen writes, Samantha wanted him to quit working for Trump. Not because of his comment about her looks, but because of the way he had demeaned her father over the years, put him down, and prevented him from making strides in his career. “She was 15 years old and she saw Trump much more clearly than I could,” he writes. “Samantha said she was sick and tired of the way Trump demeaned and degraded me, as if he needed to keep me in my place.… This was part of his cult-leader persona—his slow, incremental, relentless way of saying nasty things to me about my abilities and intelligence, things that weren’t true, until some part of me started to believe them.”
A lengthy interview follows. Here are just a few excerpts to give you the flavor.
Trump occupied 99.9% of my dad’s time, and he was blatantly mean to him. Before my dad started working with Trump, he drove me to school every single morning. He had a blue Bentley Arnage and would take me each morning, and then he’d always be home when I got home every single afternoon. He was always around. [Then] suddenly his entire life became about Trump. We’d be on vacation and he’d be down the beach trying to get cell signal. When my dad says the first call and last call of Trump’s day were to him, I can tell you without any question how accurate that is because I was there for all of it.
Why do you think he was enmeshed?
I really think he had Stockholm syndrome. That’s the only way I can put it. He saw how Trump treated his own children and how mean he was to them, and I think he thought that if he’s treating me like that, then I am part of the family. That was hard for me to understand at the time, but then I realized that he spent 10 hours a day with him, and he had this whole second life. He was correct when he says he was attracted to the power and the allure, but he also believed he loved Trump. When he loves someone he would do anything for them, and unfortunately he came to care about the wrong person. […]
You interned in the Trump White House, right?
Yes. I was a poli sci major at the time, and I thought that working as a White House intern would look good on my résumé. Melania really liked me, or Melania and my dad were exceptionally close. I got a job working in the East Wing. I was there for about a week and I truly thought I was going to go crazy. No one was doing anything. Zero work was done. I would sit at my computer screen just staring. Everyone looked like Kellyanne Conway. I wanted to quit and called my dad. He told me to give him one day to turn it around. He called Omarosa [Manigault Newman], who told him to get me over to her office and I could shadow her for the rest of my time there. So I did.
Samantha Cohen goes on to talk about losing friends and boyfriends, and being “ghosted” by potential employers because of her father’s association with Trump. That is most unfortunate, considering her youth, but it’s also understandable. Trump is a nuclear bomb testing site. You get too close to it, you will get burned.