The Citizen (KZN)

ANC pours bile on Trump


Following remarks about former president Nelson Mandela that were attributed to Donald Trump, the ANC have labelled the US president as the most divisive, misogynist­ic and disrespect­ful ever to occupy the office.

According to a book by Michael Cohen titled Disloyal: A Memoir, Trump allegedly had a “low opinion” of all black people, the Washington Post reported.

Cohen, who previously served as an attorney for Trump, wrote that after Nelson Mandela died, Trump allegedly said he did not think Mandela “was a real leader – not the kind he respected”.

Cohen reportedly further alleged Trump had praised apartheid-era rule in South Africa and said Mandela “f---ed the whole country up. Now it’s an as---hole. F--- Mandela. He was no leader”.

Cohen is serving time in prison after admitting to multiple crimes, including tax evasion and making false statements to a financial institutio­n and Congress.

Yesterday, the ANC, through its national spokespers­on Pule Mabe, condemned the remarks.

“All freedom-loving people of the world are appalled by these insults from a person who, himself, is not a model of competent leadership. Trump is the most divisive, misogynist­ic and disrespect­ful person ever to occupy the office of the president.”

Mabe added that Mandela stood in stark contrast to Trump. “A unifying and principled leader, President Mandela reached out to the world and sought to bring peace and a just society.

“He ... interacted with political leaders across the spectrum and never let go of his principles for pragmatic short-term goals.”

The Nelson Mandela Foundation said leaders who conducted themselves in the way Trump did were “in a position to offer authoritat­ive commentary on the life and work of Madiba”.

– News24 Wire

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