Joe McCarthy Family Tree – More

During Joe McCarthy's reign of terror, Roy Cohn was chief counsel and led secretive investigations of people suspected of Communist sympathies, "the Red Scare", homosexuality, "the Lavender Scare", or espionage. Dozens of careers were destroyed, often with nothing more than unsubstantiated allegations. McCarthy's televised hearings and the suicide of Wyoming Senator Hunt, who had been threatened by McCarthy and others with bad publicity over the homosexuality of his son, led to the censure of McCarthy by the U.S. Senate at the end of 1954. Joe McCarthy died 3 years later, at the age of 48, of acute hepatitis that may have been caused or exacerbated by alcoholism.

Roy Cohn worked for Trump from 1973 to 1986 and was known for his say-anything, win-at-all-costs style. In 1979, Trump told Newsweek, "If you need someone to get vicious toward an opponent, you get Roy." Mike Gentile, the lead prosecutor who got Cohn disbarred for fraud and deceit, said Trump considered Cohn a mentor. Roy Cohn wrote Donald's first prenuptial agreement. Roy Marcus Cohn had vanity license plate RMC on his Rolls. Donald John Trump had vanity license plate DJT on his Cadillac limo.(2)

Biographer Wayne Barrett said, "I knew Roy. I can hear his voice" when I watch Trump on TV.(2)
Susan Bell, Cohn's longtime secretary, said, "Donald found out about AIDS and dropped Cohn like a hot potato.(2)

Biographer Schwartz said, "Cohn felt abandoned by Trump when he became fatally ill from AIDS, and said, 'Donald pisses ice water.'" "It wasn’t personal. Donald's a transactional man — it was all about what you could do for him.”