The Trump-Scaramucci Fight Takes Ugly Turn As War Of Words Goes ‘Off The Rails’
The fight between former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci and President Donald Trump reached boiling point in Monday after Scaramucci forcefully slammed the president suggested Republicans should replace Trump ahead of the 2020 presidential election.
It’s a remarkable divorce between Trump and an associate who was once one of his foremost public allies.
“[Trump] requires loyalty, but it’s a one-way street,” said Omarosa Manigault Newman, one former White House aide who has become a critic of the president. “It’s not a two-way street. So he wants the people around him to be loyal to him, but he does not extend the same loyalty to others.”
Trump and “The Mooch” have traded barbs over the last 72 hours, with Scaramucci saying the president has “gone off the rails” and Trump ripping his former employee as a bitter opportunist.
“To those asking, ‘What took so long?’ You’re right,” Scaramucci tweeted Monday. “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.”
The former White House aide told CNN in a Monday morning interview that he remains a Republican but that he’s “neutral” on Trump and is no longer actively supporting his reelection bid.
“The racially charged comments, the divisive tweeting, the nonsense coming from the president is not helping the country,” Scaramucci said on “New Day.”
Scaramucci accused the president of inciting hate and fracturing institutions and suggested the GOP may need to consider nominating someone else for 2020. He predicted other Republicans might begin to speak out if Trump’s divisive rhetoric continues, claiming GOP officials have raised concerns privately.
Trump tweeted that Scaramucci “had nothing to do with my Election Victory” and claimed his former aide was upset by his inability to get another job in the administration.
Scaramucci shot back at Trump’s “very weak troll” and decried him as a bully.
“Many have called and are willing to work on a necessary replacement,” he tweeted. “Time to call in a good relief pitcher. @potus is lost.”
Despite his brief tenure, he has remained one of the most visible former Trump administration officials. Scaramucci appears regularly on cable news, where until recently he often defended Trump’s policies and rhetoric.
But Scaramucci has shifted his tone in recent weeks. He labeled Trump’s tweets telling four progressive congresswomen of color to “go back” where they came from “racist and unacceptable.”
Scaramucci called it a “catastrophe” that Trump’s visits to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, last week in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings were overshadowed by the president’s tweets attacking his opponents.
Trump shot back, writing on Twitter: “Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on ‘President Trump.’”
“Anthony, who would do anything to come back in, should remember the only reason he is on TV, and it’s not for being the Mooch!” the president added.
Scaramucci escalated his criticism on Sunday night, telling Axios that he thinks the GOP may have to reconsider its support for Trump in 2020. He returned to the airwaves Monday morning to further decry the president’s behavior.
The Scaramucci-Trump spat followed a familiar script to whenever former administration officials or prominent onetime supporters have broken with the president.
After leaving her job in the West Wing, Manigault Newman described Trump as a racist and wrote in a book last year that she believes the president showed a “mental decline.”
Trump responded by calling Manigault Newman a “dog” and a “lowlife,” and the Department of Justice earlier this year filed a lawsuit alleging she breached an ethics law.
Former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said after being fired that he felt Trump was undisciplined and was underprepared for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin. The president responded to those assessments by calling his former top diplomat “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell.”
Scaramucci suggested that Trump’s willingness to turn on allies shouldn’t go unchallenged.
“This gruff, intimidating, bullying nonsense, strong people have to get together and call it out for what it is,” Scaramucci told CNN. “And so that’s where I stand on this. And I tried to stay loyal to him, but you can’t be loyal to somebody that, again, is asymmetric in his loyalty.”