Trump 'locker room defense' Melania's idea, Cohen testifies

By Jen Krausz on
 May 14, 2024

The Trump campaign's "locker room defense" of his comments about women on the leaked Access Hollywood tape was Melania Trump's idea, according to testimony from former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen.

Cohen said that the tape's release to the press was discussed between himself and then-candidate Donald Trump as bad for the campaign and that when the Stormy Daniels story threatened to surface, Trump also said he thought it would be bad for the campaign.

The self-described "fixer" testified that Trump said at the time, "Women will hate me. Guys may think it’s cool, but this is going to be a disaster for the campaign."

"I want you to push it out as long as you can," Cohen testified Trump told him. "Push it out past the election, because if I win, it has no relevance, and if I lose, I don’t care."

Cohen contradicted Trump's narrative that he wanted to suppress the story because he feared Melania's reaction. "He wasn't thinking about Melania -- this was all about the campaign," Cohen said.

The disbarred lawyer isn't very credible as a witness, however, because he has been caught lying and admitted to lying on the stand before.