Michael Cohen, President Trump’s former lawyer who recently pleaded guilty to a slew of federal charges, urged Americans to get out and vote or risk another “six years of this craziness.”
The comments were the latest indicator of Cohen’s sharp split with Trump. Though he did not mention Trump by name, he clearly referenced the presidency.
“Listen, here’s my recommendation," he told CNN on Friday outside of his home. “Grab your family, grab your friends, grab your neighbors and get to the poll, because if not, you are going to have another two or another six years of this craziness.”
Last week, Cohen changed his political party registration back to Democratic after a brief stint as a Republican during Trump’s march to the White House.
Cohen’s defense lawyer, Lanny Davis, made the announcement on Twitter, saying it was an effort on Cohen’s part to distance “himself from the values of" the current administration.
When Cohen changed his registration to Republican in 2017, he said, “It took a great man to get me to the make the switch."
Cohen pleaded guilty in August to federal charges of tax evasion, bank fraud and campaign violations. He told a court Trump had directed him to pay two women in the midst of the 2016 presidential campaign to keep silent about affairs they claim to have had with Trump.
Cohen is one of a couple of former Trump associates who have broken with the president in recent months; former White House aide Omarosa Manigault Newman is another.
“The #MidtermElections2018 might be the most important vote in our lifetime,” Cohen tweeted last weekend. “#GetOutAndVote #VoteNovember6th.”
According to CNN, Cohen is now willing to be vocal to campaign for Democrats, but his utility would be far from clear because of his recent convictions.