When Michael Cohen tried to flatter The View co-host by calling her father a great hero, she shut him down: That doesnt get that far with me.
Bob Woodwards Rage might be getting all of the attention in the political book world right now, but estranged Trump fixer Michael Cohen attempted to wrest back some of the spotlight on Monday when he brought his own book tour to The View.
Less than shockingly, Meghan McCain was deeply dubious of his intentions. You were a trusted adviser and close confidant of President Trump, and theres a really long habit on this show where people who have worked with the Trump administration closely all of a sudden switch gears after doing all his bidding and then atone for the sins of working for President Trump, she said. You own up to being a liar, a cheater, and a thug for President Trump.
Now that you are switching sides and switching narratives and youre now telling me that Trumps a bad dude, why should I believe that? she asked. Because I dont easily swallow my initial instincts on people, and a liar is a liar is a liar is a liar. So why arent you lying now?
When Cohen attempted to flatter McCain by calling her father, John McCain, a great hero, she stopped him to say, That doesnt get that far with me. With a lot of people who say things like that, with all due respect, he said that before he was the nominee. And again, I understand, but I knew who President Trump was from day one. It doesnt take your book to tell me differently.
And your question is what, Meghan? an increasingly exasperated Cohen asked when she was done.
My question is, what made you change your tune other than money? she asked. And why should I believe you because youre an admitted liar?
Cohen explained that his lies were at the direction of and for the benefit for Trump and as a self-described lifelong Democrat, he pushed back on the notion that he was switching sides. As for why he spent so many years doing Trumps bidding, he said he was suffering from a form of Stockholm Syndromeor, as he called it later, Trump Derangement Syndrome.
My need to please him, very much like 30 percent of the population right now, was greater than my ability to control my own moral compass, he continued. But what really made me change my mind the most is I started watching day-to-day the things that hes doing, and the behavior that hes exhibiting that's dividing this country in such a way that I cannot support this type of behavior any longer, and it has nothing to do with money.