President Donald Trump’s personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, yesterday sought to elicit a modicum of sympathy for his position after a raid upon his office, home, and hotel room. However, Cohen is not known for such empathy in his treatment of others in his controversial career. Cohen is known as a bully who threatens to ruin anyone who he deems to be a threat or impediment to Trump. A new example of such allegations surfaced this week where a Harvard student said that Cohen threatened to have him expelled from the university over a successful prank orchestrated by the Harvard Lampoon.
The prank began in the summer of 2015, when the Lampoon staffers stole the so-called “president’s chair” from the Harvard Crimson — a long tradition at the school. They took the chair to Trump Tower and told Trump and his staff that the Harvard Crimson was going to endorse him. Trump proceeded to sit for a picture in the chair with his signature thumbs up gesture.
Cohen reportedly was then unleashed on the students and allegedly threatened Tom Waddick, to have the humor magazine’s staff kicked out of school. He is quoted as saying “I’m gonna come up to Harvard. You’re all gonna get expelled. If this photo gets out, you’ll be outta that school faster than you know it. I can be up there tomorrow.”
They published the picture anyway. If true, it fits a pattern of Cohen who bullies and threatens people but rarely goes to court. He has cultivated a reputation as a heavy for Donald Trump who specialized in intimidation tactics.
Cohen stated how he did not deserve to be the target of such an investigation, but (for those familiar with his career) the investigation is not a surprise. Cohen has long shown a reckless disregard for professional standards and practices. He has also reportedly displayed little consideration for those he was threatening with ruin like a group of college kids or some former porn actress. They also could ask why they deserved to have Cohen in their lives.