So, where did Donald Trump learn his distinctive and bizarre political style of crude, unlimited aggression? Who taught Donald to how to throw his opponents off their stride by confusing them by breaking all the rules?
Olivia Nuzzi says that The Donald learned how to win by being a complete ******* from the master, flamboyant attorney and anti-communist attack dog (who exposed commies with Joe McCarthy and sent Ethel Rosenberg to the chair) the Left’s all-time ultimate bÃªte noire Roy Cohn.
Donald Trumpâ€™s brash and bullying style was learned at the heel of Roy Cohn, one of Americaâ€™s most infamous lawyers.
They met at Le Club, a private disco on the Upper East Side frequented by Jackie Kennedy, Al Pacino, and Diana Ross, according to Trump: The Saga of Americaâ€™s Most Powerful Real Estate Baron. Donald Trump, the young developer, quickly amassing a fortune in New York real estate and Roy Cohn, Americaâ€™s most loathed yet socially successful defense attorney who had vaulted to infamy in the 1950s while serving as legal counsel to Senator Joseph McCarthy.
The friendship they forged would provide the foundation for Trumpâ€™s eventual presidential campaign. And in hindsight, it serves as a tool for understanding Donald Trump the Candidate, whose bumper sticker-averse declarationsâ€”undocumented Mexican immigrants are â€œcriminalsâ€ and â€œrapistsâ€; Senator John McCain is â€œnot a war heroâ€â€”have both led him to the top of the Republican primary polls and mistakenly convinced many that he is a puzzle unworthy of solving. It may appear that way, but Trump isnâ€™t just spouting off insults like a malfunctioning sprinkler systemâ€”heâ€™s mimicking what he learned some 40 years ago.
A longtime friend of Trumpâ€™s who was introduced to the candidate by Cohn told me itâ€™s a shame that Cohnâ€™s not alive to see the chaos his protÃ©gÃ© has wrought.
â€œHe would have just loved whatâ€™s going on right now,â€ the friend said. â€œRoy liked upsetting the establishment.â€
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Well, what do you know? Maybe Donald Trump really does have a certain kind of conservative roots, after all.