Trump lawyer tweets that he has "no tolerance for racism"

NEW YORK, NY - JANUARY 12: Michael Cohen (R), executive vice president of the Trump Organization and special counsel to Donald Trump, arrives at Trump Tower, January 12, 2017 in New York City. President-elect Trump continues to hold meetings Trump Tower.

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Mr. Trump's longtime personal lawyer, Michael Cohen, tweeted a collage of pictures of himself with African-Americans on Wednesday in the wake of President Trump's much-criticized comments on the violent white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia over the weekend. 

"As the son of a holocaust survivor, I have no tolerance for #racism," Cohen tweeted. "Just because I support @POTUS @realDonaldTrump doesn't make me a racist."

The photos in his tweet feature NFL legend Jim Brown, former boxing promoter and vocal Trump supporter Don King as well as Trump White House adviser Omarosa Manigault. 

Cohen's tweet received almost immediate backlash from some in the African-American community, including "Orange is the New Black" star Danielle Brooks. 

Some also questioned the use of a personal connection to the Holocaust in an effort to defend Mr. Trump after he said said Tuesday that both sides were to blame for the violence in Charlottesville. 

Cohen proceeded to spend much of Tuesday responding directly to negative tweets he received, saying "I love all good people regardless of race, religion or color."

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