Anthony Scaramucci believes that President Donald Trump won’t be the Republican nominee in 2020 because he’s using the presidency ‘to bully his fellow citizens’.
‘Let’s just call it for what it is: he’s got to go,’ Scaramucci said in an interview with CNN.
‘I predict that he won’t be the nominee,’ Scaramucci said. ‘There’s no way that the party leadership is going to- unless they’re totally dishonest,’ he added.
The former White House communications director also called Trump a ‘proven demagogue’ who is ‘totally unstable’.
‘I can defend 9 out of 10 things related to the president, maybe 8 out of 10. But a demagogue needs blind obligatory loyalty. They need a blind obligation,’ Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci was then asked about a recent photo he took with presidential candidate Andrew Yang.
‘The force is strong with the#YangGang. Not left. Not right. Forward. #AmericanUnity,’ Scaramucci tweeted in the caption of the photo.
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci (pictured) said Wednesday that he doesn’t believe President Donald Trump will be the Republican nominee in 2020
The former White House communications director also called Trump a ‘proven demagogue’ who is ‘totally unstable’. ‘I can defend 9 out of 10 things related to the president, maybe 8 out of 10. But a demagogue needs blind obligatory loyalty. They need a blind obligation,’ he said
According to Scaramucci, Yang ‘has a lot of good principles, he’s basically a libertarian’.
‘After this devastation, we need a post-partisan presidency where we’re not focusing on left or right policy … and focus on right and wrong policies. So Andrew has a good message, but I’m a Republican,’ Scaramucci told CNN.
Scaramucci’s comments marks day five of his war of words with Trump.
Trump launched an attack on Scaramucci on Tuesday, claiming he was ‘terrible’ but begged to come back to his administration.
‘He was a guy who works for me, who really didn’t have a clue. He worked for 11 days. He made terrible statements and judgments,’ the president told reporters in New Jersey where he’s spending a few weeks at his Trump National Golf Course in Bedminister.
‘I’m not a fan of his, I haven’t been for a long time. I think Anthony is really somebody that is very much out of control. He doesn’t have what it takes. He really doesn’t,’ Trump continued.
‘He wanted to come back into the administration for the last five months. Begging me to come back in. I said, “I can’t take you in, I’m sorry.” I said, “Anthony, I’m sorry, I can’t do that.” He’s got to stop all those phone calls. “Too many calls, Anthony.” I wouldn’t take his call and lo and behold, he feels differently. Differently.
‘But Anthony was upset because he wanted certain things, to come back to the administration. As you remember better than I do, he was a disaster.’
Scaramucci was then asked about a recent photo he took with presidential candidate Andrew Yang
‘The force is strong with the#YangGang. Not left. Not right. Forward. #AmericanUnity,’ Scaramucci tweeted in the caption of the photo
The pot shots have gone back-and-forth between the two men since this weekend with Scaramucci claiming Trump shouldn’t be the Republican presidential nominee next year.
That comment prompted Trump to fire back, claiming Scaramucci was only saying that because he ‘wanted to be on TV!’
Tuesday marked the second time in two days Trump claimed Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director for 11 days in 2017, wanted to be a part of his administration again.
Scaramucci’s comments marks day five of his war of words with Trump. The president launched an attack on Scaramucci on Tuesday, claiming he was ‘terrible’ but begged to come back to his administration
‘Scaramucci, who like so many others had nothing to do with my Election victory, is only upset that I didn’t want him back in the Administration (where he desperately wanted to be). Also, I seldom had time to return his many calls to me. He just wanted to be on TV!’ Trump tweeted on Monday.
Former White House staff have fired back at ‘The Mooch,’ as Scaramucci was nicknamed, in defense of the president.
Former White House Director of Strategic Communication Mercedes Schlapp, who now works for Trump’s re-election campaign, told Fox News that Scaramucci was a ‘self-centered man’ who ‘terrorized’ members of staff during his short stint in the White House.
She said: ‘Anthony Scaramucci is all about Anthony Scaramucci.
‘You can ask young staffers in the communications office that literally were terrorized by Anthony Scaramucci, where he only survived 11 days in that job.’
She added: ‘He went in there saying, “Who’s going to be fired next?”‘
Trump took to Twitter on Monday to go after his former aide, following comments Scaramucci made on CNN, saying if Republicans have the courage to replace Trump as their presidential nominee next year, the impact will be like the demise of the Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz.’
‘Remember when the water got thrown on the green witch and she started melting?’ Scaramucci asked during a CNN ‘New Day’ interview. ‘What happened to all those soldiers, right?’
‘They’re in that position right now. So let’s throw some water on the green witch and let’s watch what the soldiers do, which is they’ll team up with Dorothy. That’s how the movies go. Let’s end the bullying and let’s end this sort of nonsense.’
Former White House staff have fired back at ‘The Mooch,’ as Scaramucci was nicknamed, in defense of the president. Mercedes Schlapp, a former White House communications staffer, said Scaramucci ‘terrified’ members of staff in the White House
Trump went after Scaramucci on Monday, following comments he made on CNN, saying if Republicans have the courage to replace Trump as their presidential nominee next year, the impact will be like the demise of the Wicked Witch of the West in ‘The Wizard of Oz’ (file image)
The film villain’s minions in the 1939 classic are ‘all behind her until she gets hit with the water,’ he said. ‘Then she starts melting and they’re like, “Hey Dorothy, I’m sorry about that. You know, she was a little crazy, but now that she’s melted I can speak the truth”.’
Scaramucci also served on Trump’s finance committee during the 2016 campaign and was on his presidential team after he won the election.
The president blasted him Saturday on Twitter as incapable of a job he ‘would do anything’ to have again, and said he ‘knows very little about me’.
‘So I didn’t pass the 100% litmus test,’ Scaramucci tweeted back. ‘Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country.’
On Sunday he compared Trump to the Chernobyl disaster in an interview with Axios.
And the brash financier said Monday that Trump ‘is giving people a license to hate, to provide a source of anger, to go after each other – and he does it on his Twitter account’.
Each pot-shot from the Oval Office, he said, ‘incites hate, which incites death threats’.
‘I mean, at some point I think the people in my party will have to look at all this and stop being anesthetized to it, and say, “Hey, what are we doing?”‘
He said he had previously ‘tried to stay very loyal to him and very loyal to the agenda because I think the policies are very, very good for the American people. But the rhetoric is so charged and so divisive’.
Scaramucci explained his thinking on Twitter. ‘To those asking, “what took so long?” You’re right,’ he tweeted.
Scaramucci also served on Trump’s finance committee during the 2016 campaign and was on his presidential team after he won the election
Scaramucci tweeted his membership application to the anti-Trump resistance on Monday, saying he had been wrong to embrace the president’s economic proposals at the expense of ‘the fabric of our society’
‘I tried to see best in @realDonaldTrump based on private interactions and select policy alignment. But his increasingly divisive rhetoric – and damage it’s doing to fabric of our society – outweighs any short-term economic gain.’
He acknowledged that Trump’s personal attacks played into his thought process, but insisted that the development came ‘because I started calling him out even more loudly and directly’.
‘It only got attention because most of my fellow Republicans are too scared to stand up to him in public even though in private they’re saying the same things as me,’ he claimed.
On CNN he talked about ‘charged rhetoric coming from the bully pulpit of the presidency’ and the possibility of ‘unintended tragic consequences’.
‘All I said was I wish the president would stop doing that. One scintilla of criticism, you get this sort of backlash, and so for me, it’s one step too far with the racial charging of his rhetoric and his Twitter feed,’ he said.
Scaramucci told the Axios news website on Sunday that Trump is like a nuclear reactor that’s ‘melting down, and the apparatchiks are trying to figure out whether to cover it up or start the clean-up process.’
Trump fired back at Scaramucci, saying he knows ‘very little about me’
‘Recently he has said things that divide the country in a way that is unacceptable,’ the tweet reads. ‘So I didn’t pass the 100% litmus test. Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country’
‘A couple more weeks like this and “country over party” is going to require the Republicans to replace the top of the ticket in 2020,’ he said, adding that he could back a Republican challenger.
If Trump ‘doesn’t reform his behavior, it will not just be me, but many others will be considering helping to find a replacement in 2020,’ he said.
Scaramucci told MSNBC on Thursday that the president ‘didn’t do well on the trip’ to visit survivors of the shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.
Last Wednesday, Trump and first lady Melania Trump went to the two cities rocked by mass shootings that claimed 31 lives.
‘That was a total catastrophe,’ his former confidant said Monday. ‘The only thing he was doing in those areas was talking about himself and praising himself and crowd sizes.’
‘And so it just – one day after the next it gets worse and worse and worse.
Scaramucci was able to predict during his appearance on MSNBC Thursday the backlash he would receive from his former boss.
‘He probably would be mad at somebody for saying that,’ Scaramucci told MSNBC’s Chris Matthews. ‘Maybe he’ll tweet something negative about somebody for saying he didn’t do well.’
‘But facts are he did not do well on the trip because if the trip is being made about him and not the demonstration of compassion and love and caring and empathy for those people, then it becomes a catastrophe for him, the administration, and it’s also a bad reflection on the country.’
On the show on Thursday night, a media report was discussed which cited two unnamed sources who questioned Trump’s behavior as he visited two hospitals where he met with survivors and first responders.
Scaramucci said that Trump ‘didn’t do well on the trip’ to visit survivors of the shootings in El Paso and Dayton. Donald and Melania Trump met the two-month-old baby whose parents Jordan and Andre Anchondo died while shielding him from gunfire during the El Paso shooting
The First Lady shared several images of her and husband Donald meeting victims of the El Paso shooting, one which included a two-month-old baby now orphaned after his parents died
Scaramucci then blasted the ‘cowards’ in the White House for not conveying their opinions directly to the president and speaking anonymously to reporters instead.
He added: ‘Something about Washington where there is an allergic reaction to the truth and people would rather tell the reporter on an anonymous phone call about what they think is going on in an attempt that they think actually saves their face.
‘Those people inside the White House are a bunch of cowards. They should tell the guy the truth instead of picking up the phone and calling a reporter,’ he said.
Last month Scaramucci was one of few Republicans to condemn the president’s tweets telling minority congresswomen to go back to their home countries.
‘That tweet is instable, unstable, however you want to reference it. It’s racist, it’s obnoxious,’ Scaramucci told CNN.
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.
Scaramucci 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.
All four – Reps Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (second from right), Ilhan Omar (second from left), Rashida Tlaib (left) and Ayanna Pressley (right) – were elected to the House in the 2018 midterms
‘It’s obnoxious to Italian-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.’
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.
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.’
After the comments were made, the Palm Beach GOP disinvited Scaramucci from speaking at its annual fundraiser after the short-lived White House communications director claimed Tuesday that Trump’s weekend tweets were racist.
‘I am sorry that I was cancelled,’ Scaramucci said to Politico.
‘Mike Barnett must like and condone racist comments. Someone with more courage and less political expediency would call it for what it is and ask it to stop.’