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The Macksey Journal

Abstract

Roy Cohn was and remains a controversial figure known for his staunch anti-subversive practices during the Second Red Scare, his involvement with some of New York’s shadiest characters in business and politics as their legal representation, and for his sexuality and death due to AIDS complications. From the early 1970s until the mid-80s, Cohn served as the personal lawyer and mentor for real estate developer Donald Trump. In this role, Cohn helped shape how Trump perceived loyalty and his understanding of the legal system in America as a tool to use to his advantage. These, among others, are learned behaviors that Donald Trump has carried with him to the White House where they have become dominant traits of his administration.

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