Because that is the only yardstick by which Trump judges others, it’s possible to swing from hero to goat in no time. Reflecting for the 1,000th time on Jeff Sessions, Trump whined to Fox News that the “only reason” he chose him for attorney general was because he “felt loyalty.” Not because he agreed on policy. Not because he thought him honorable or capable. Rinse and repeat for Ted Cruz, Lindsey Graham, Joe Scarborough, Steve Bannon, etc. Omarosa Manigault Newman was a “star” and a “fine person” in September 2016.
Cohen, facing years in prison for a variety of crimes, has now violated omerta, and earned Trump’s contempt. Some, like the taxi medallion frauds, don’t involve the president. Others do. Still others are hinted at. Cohen’s attorney, Lanny Davis, is presenting his client as a latter-day Oskar Schindler, beset by conscience, and suggests that Cohen may have evidence of the one thing Trump most vociferously denies — collusion with the Russians.
Maybe he does and maybe he doesn’t. But nothing we’ve so far discovered about Donald Trump’s moral compass suggests that he would scruple to accept help from any dubious source. He might even praise Vladimir Putin as “fine” — oh, wait.
Writes for Creators Syndicate.