Anthony Scaramucci became one of the only Republicans and former Trump administration officials on Tuesday to condemned the president’s tweets telling minority congresswomen to go back to their home countries.
‘You know, that tweets is instable, unstable, however you want to reference it,’ the former White House communications director told CNN. ‘It’s racist, it’s obnoxious.’
A few hours earlier, he explained on Twitter why the Sunday thread from Trump was racist, claiming he wouldn’t tell a white immigrant to go back to their country of origin.
‘Would @realDonaldTrump ever tell a white immigrant – whether 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th+ generation – to ‘go back to your country’? No. That’s why the comments were racist and unacceptable,’ Scaramucci tweeted Tuesday morning.
Anthony Scaramucci (left) said Tuesday that Donald Trump’s tweets over the weekend were ‘racist’ and said he needs to apologize for the comments
The former White House communications director said other Republicans would not call out Trump because they fear the truth and don’t want to experience repercussions
‘America is a nation of immigrants founded on the ideals of free thought and free speech,’ he continued.
Scaramucci, who only served in his administration position for 10 days in the summer of 2017, said other Republicans didn’t want to call out the president because people in Washington are allergic to telling the truth.
‘Let’s state it obviously for the viewers: I mean Washington has an allergy to the truth. They are in the tank with each other, they need each other, some of them are afraid they are going to get primaried by people that are more Trumpian than they are,’ Scaramucci said. ‘Others are just saying, ‘Geez, my salary’s dependent on something related to the administration, I need to keep my mouth shut.”
The Italian-American said the tweet was even obnoxious to white immigrants.
‘It’s obnoxious to Itlainan-Americans, it’s obnoxious to a very large group of people. And you should apologize,’ he continued. ‘Of course he’s not going to apologize and he’s going to double down and say that it wasn’t racist.’
On Sunday, Trump suggested a group of four minority congresswomen ‘go back’ and fix where they came from before trying to weigh in on American politics.
All four – Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley – were elected to the House in the 2018 midterms.
‘So interesting to see ‘Progressive’ Democrat Congresswomen, who originally came from countries whose governments are a complete and total catastrophe, the worst, most corrupt and inept anywhere in the world (if they even have a functioning government at all), now loudly and viciously telling the people of the United States, the greatest and most powerful Nation on earth, how our government is to be run,’ Trump posted to Twitter Sunday.
Trump has come under fire recently for his Twitter attacks on a group of four minority congresswomen. From left to right: Rashida Tlaib, Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ayanna Pressley
Trump said these congresswomen should go fix their countries of origin before trying to weigh in on American politics
Only one of the four congresswomen in question, Omar, was born in a country other than the U.S. The rest were born and raised in America, but are minority women
‘Why don’t they go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came,’ he suggested. ‘Then come back and show us how it is done.’
The congresswomen responded to the tweets in a press conference Monday, claiming the president used the words of a ‘white supremacist’ and white nationalist.
Of the four lawmakers, only Omar was born in a country outside of the U.S. She and her family fled Somalia when she was a child and came to America. The representative from Minnesota became an American citizen when she was 17.
Ocasio-Cortez is of Puerto Rican descent, Tlaib’s parents are Palestinian and Pressley is African American.
In the press conference, the congresswomen said it was time to impeach Trump.
The president fired back on Twitter, coinciding his tweets with the press conference, and telling people that if they don’t like America they can leave.
Trump made posts during the press conference where he told people if they don’t like America, they are free to leave
He also said the Democratic Party is now forced to embrace the four congresswomen who are under attack from both him and some leadership within the caucus
‘We will never be a Socialist or Communist Country. IF YOU ARE NOT HAPPY HERE, YOU CAN LEAVE! It is your choice, and your choice alone,’ Trump posted to Twitter Monday. ‘This is about love for America.’
‘Certain people HATE our Country,’ he continued in a thread of tweets. ‘They are anti-Israel, pro Al-Qaeda, and comment on the 9/11 attack, ‘some people did something.’
The group of women, who call themselves a ‘squad,’ are at odds with Democratic House leadership.
Ocasio-Cortez, Omar, Tlaib and Presseley were the only four members of Congress to vote against a Republican bill that allotted $4.6 billion in aide to the border.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi helped get the legislation passed, and since then has been in a war of words with the ‘squad’ who voted in opposition.
Pelosi, however, announced Monday that House Democrats are composing a resolution that would condemn Trump’s tweets against the lawmakers.
Scaramucci was only at the White House for 10 days, but says he is still rooting for Trump in 2020
Even though Scaramucci said he thinks Trump was wrong and should apologize, he also said he’s still rooting for Trump in 2020 – but warned him he could lose a lot of support with comments like he made Sunday.
‘I wish the president well, I’d like to see him get reelected,’ Scaramucci said during his CNN appearance. ‘But I’m telling you right now, he continues on that path, he’s going to be shocked at the number of people that are going to quietly and overtly break from him.’
Trump currently is only facing on primary challenger. Former Massachusetts Governor William Weld announced in February he was launching a Republican primary campaign against Trump.
Others have floated the idea of jumping in the race to unseat the incumbent president.
There are more than two dozen Democrats running in the party’s 2020 primary race – and that number could continue to grow in the coming months.