In a recent podcast, Michael Cohen, a former associate of President Donald Trump, melodramatically voiced fears of being sent to Guantanamo Bay by the former president, marking another episode in his dramatic transformation from a Trump loyalist to a fervent critic.
Michael Cohen, once known for his fealty to Trump, has undergone a stark transformation over the years. Following legal troubles and a subsequent fallout with the former President, Cohen has rebranded himself as a vocal opponent of Trump’s policies and character.
During his latest public appearance, Cohen unleashed a tirade, likening Trump to authoritarian figures like Kim Jong-un and Vladimir Putin. He even said he was fearful of Trump’s potential to undermine American democracy and even absurdly speculated about being sent to Guantanamo Bay under a Trump administration.
“I don’t want them, you know, turning around and saying who can and who can’t vote,” Cohen said. “All of a sudden, you’re going to have somebody knock down your door, and it’s going to be Trump’s brown shirts pulling you out and sending you off to Guantanamo Bay.”
“And I know that sounds hyperbolic, but I know him so well. I know what’s on his mind, and I know what he intends to do. He’s looking to scare the piss out of everyone so that nobody, and I mean nobody, likes the way Kim Jong-Un runs North Korea.”
Cohen has held significant roles, such as vice president of the Trump Organization and personal counsel to Trump. He was often described as Trump’s “fixer.” Cohen also served as co-president of Trump Entertainment and was a board member of the Eric Trump Foundation. From 2017 to 2018, he was the deputy finance chairman of the Republican National Committee.
Cohen’s relationship with Trump deteriorated following legal issues that emerged in connection with the special counsel investigation into Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. elections. In May 2018, Trump ended his employment of Cohen.
Cohen pleaded guilty to various charges, including campaign finance violations, tax fraud, and bank fraud in August 2018, stating that he committed these violations at Trump’s direction to influence the 2016 presidential election. In November 2018, he also pleaded guilty to lying to U.S. congressional committees about efforts to build a Trump Tower in Moscow.
In early 2019, Cohen sued the Trump Organization for allegedly failing to reimburse his legal fees. A settlement was reached in July 2023 before a planned trial. Trump sued Cohen this April for breaching his legal trust, but dropped the suit in October 2023 prior to a scheduled deposition.
“He wants to run the United States of America that way, the way that Vladimir Putin controls Russia,” Cohen claimed. “He wants to control America the way that Mohammed bin Salman controls Saudi Arabia. He wants to control America the same way. So, a vote for Donald is a vote for the end of democracy.”
“Who in their right mind would do such a thing? Who would support somebody who’s looking to destroy the greatest experiment that exists on this planet?” Cohen finished.