Anthony Scaramucci: Trump Should Have Been ‚ÄėMuch Harsher‚Äô On White Supremacists
‚ÄúYou have to call that stuff out,‚ÄĚ said the former White House communications director.
By Nick Wing
President Donald Trump‚Äôs response to Saturday‚Äôs violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, should have been ‚Äúmuch harsher‚ÄĚ on the white supremacists whose rally sparked the bloodshed, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Sunday.
‚ÄúI think he needed to be much harsher as it relates to the white supremacists,‚ÄĚ Scaramucci said on ABC‚Äôs ‚ÄúThis Week.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúYou have to call that stuff out.‚ÄĚ
Trump has come under intense criticism for his response to clashes between white nationalist groups ‚Äē including members of neo-Nazi and KKK groups ‚Äē and counter-protesters, which came to a head Saturday when a 20-year-old Ohio man allegedly plowed his vehicle into a group of anti-racist demonstrators, killing a 32-year-old woman and injuring at least 19 others. The suspect, James Alex Fields Jr., was photographed holding a shield bearing a white supremacist emblem before the deadly attack
‚ÄúWe condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides ‚Äē on many sides,‚ÄĚ Trump said during a bill signing ceremony at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. ‚ÄúIt‚Äôs been going on for a long time in our country, not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. It‚Äôs been going on for a long, long time.‚ÄĚ
Lawmakers on both sides of the political aisle have called out Trump‚Äôs apparent reluctance to specifically mention the white supremacist groups who gathered in Charlottesville for a ‚ÄúUnite the Right‚ÄĚ rally. But to Scaramucci ‚Äē a Wall Street financier who served less than two weeks in his White House post last month ‚Äē the president‚Äôs response was textbook Trump.
‚ÄúHe likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he‚Äôs going to do,‚ÄĚ he said. ‚ÄúI think he‚Äôs of the impression there is hatred on all sides.‚ÄĚ
Scaramucci said he ‚Äúdisagreed‚ÄĚ with Trump‚Äôs statement, but that such differences of opinion would likely do little to shape the message coming out of the White House.
‚ÄúYou‚Äôre not going change the president,‚ÄĚ Scaramucci said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it.‚ÄĚ Furthermore, Trump‚Äôs advisers are ‚Äúreluctant to tell him the truth,‚ÄĚ he said.
Two Virginia state troopers who were part of the effort to quell the violence in Charlottesville died when their helicopter crashed on the outskirts of the town.
Scaramucci‚Äôs brief tenure at the White House ended with his resignation in late July after he gave a bombastic interview to the New Yorker in which he lashed out at various other members of Trump‚Äôs inner circle.
In his interview Sunday, Scaramucci fueled recent rumors about a forthcoming shakeup in White House staff, suggesting that chief strategist Steve Bannon was behind some of the leaks that have plagued Trump‚Äôs presidency.
‚ÄúI think at the end of the day, the president knows who are the leakers ‚Äē the people undermining his agenda that are serving their own interests,‚ÄĚ Scaramucci said. ‚ÄúI think the president knows what he‚Äôs going to do.‚ÄĚ