Former US President Donald Trump was paranoid during his tenure as president, having been hit in the face with a pie. Getting hit with a pie, often referred to as getting “footed”, is used as a protest tactic by protesters against public officials.
According to thedaily beast, Mr Trump’s ex-lawyer Michael Cohen has spoken of the former president’s paranoia about getting hit with pie. In a May 9 deposition,Mr Cohen revealed that Mr Trump had become obsessed with the idea since Microsoft founder Bill Gates was hit in the face with a cream pie.
He said: ‘For some reason that terribly upset Mr Trump…We were all told that if anyone threw anything at him, that if that person didn’t end up in the hospital, we’d all be fired .
He went on to add, “He would never turn around and say, ‘If someone throws a rock or a bottle…’ It’s still a pie. He always brought up that pie thing.
Mr Cohen was Mr Trump’s personal lawyer, but their relationship soured when Mr Cohen turned against his former boss in negotiations to get him a reduced sentence when he went on trial for violating campaign finance laws in the United States.
Mr Cohen was serving time for tax evasion, misrepresentation and campaign finance violations – the latest linked to payments to silence women who alleged relations with Trump before the 2016 presidential election.
He was returned to house arrest in May 2020 given the risks of catching COVID-19 in prison, but was then briefly imprisoned again in July of the same year. A federal judge then ruled that Mr. Cohen had been retaliated against for planning to publish his book and ordered his release again.
Mr. Cohen, who once said he would “take a bullet” for Mr. Trump, also later cooperated with Democratic-led congressional investigations. Mr Trump called Mr Cohen a “rat”, who in turn called the former US president a “racist”, a “con man” and a “cheater” in his book.