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Watching Michael D. Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former lawyer and self-described "fixer," testify to the House Committee on Oversight and Reform was a remarkable spectacle to behold. Here was a man who was hired by Trump to behave like a gangster. Cohen's job was to threaten anyone who got in the way of his old boss.Cohen, who will soon begin serving a three-year prison sentence, has become what Mafiosi (and Trump) call a "rat". Many people become sycophants of power willingly.Trump is not a dictator, but he would dearly love to be. His own toadying to the world's strongmen, from Russian President Vladimir Putin to North Korean leader Kim Jong Un, is a sign of this.Trump may not be knowledgeable, sophisticated, curious,or well read, but he has a fine instinct for the psychology of power and submission.He was literally under Trump's spell, mesmerized, almost sleepwalking.That is also what people say who once cheered wildly for dictators, and then can't explain why they did so once the great leaders have fallen and times have changed.It is hard to say at this point how much of Cohen's testimony is true. His claims certainly jibe with what others in Trump's orbit have reported.
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