Scaramucci no longer backs Trump’s reelection
Anthony Scaramucci, a former White House communications director who has frequently defended President Donald Trump on television, said Monday he no longer supports Trump’s reelection bid and that the top of the 2020 Republican presidential ticket may need to be replaced.
The comments to CNN’s John Berman come following a weekend in which Scaramucci and Trump traded barbs. The former hedge fund manager has increasingly criticized Trump’s racist rhetoric as well as his recent visits to the scenes of mass shootings.
Asked by Berman on “New Day” if he was “no longer an active supporter of President Trump and his reelection bid,” the former Trump loyalist replied, “I think that’s pretty obvious from over the weekend.”
“The guy’s actually dissembling a little bit, and he’s sounding more and more nonsensical. And, you know, we’re sort anesthetized to it,” he added, referring to the President’s rhetoric and behavior.
Scaramucci’s public break with Trump makes him the latest loyalist to cut ties with the President. Some other high-profile allies, including former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and personal attorney Michael Cohen, have also distanced themselves from Trump after once vigorously defending him in public.
Trump appeared to be angry over the weekend with Scaramucci after he called the President’s recent visits to the grief-stricken cities of El Paso, Texas, and Dayton, Ohio, following two mass shootings a “catastrophe.”
Asked Monday if he was calling for changing the Republican ticket, Scaramucci replied, “Well, I’m calling for it to be considered, yes.”
“I think you have to consider a change at the top of the ticket when someone is acting like this,” said Scaramucci, who didn’t name a potential replacement candidate, instead saying, “Let’s watch how this unfolds.”
The former aide said that although he believes Trump’s policies are “very, very good for the American people,” the President’s “rhetoric is so charged and so divisive that we have to all just take a step back now and say, ‘what are we doing, actually?'”
“He goes after individuals as the President of the United States on his Twitter account, OK, which incites hate, which incites death threats,” he said, adding later, “The racially charged comments, the divisive tweeting, the nonsense coming from the President is not helping the country.”