Interview Recorded on August 7, 2019
(Kitco News) - Anthony Scaramucci, former White House Communications Director, no longer supports President Donald Trump for re-election, admitting that he couldn't agree with the president's divisive political stances.
"I think a lot of his policies have been great, but I think we run the risk here if we run this 100 - 0 litmus test where we can't disagree with each other on anything, I think that's very dangerous," Scaramucci told Kitco News last Thursday Ahead of this weekend's Twitter war.
Scaramucci's public support for President Trump ended on Monday when he responded to Trump's tweets against him over the weekend, in which Trump said Scaramucci was "totally incapable of handling" his position at the White House.
The hedge fund manager who worked briefly for the Trump Administration in 2017, spoke against Trump's past tweets, which he called "racist."
"If the president sent out racist tweets, they are definitionally racist, I don't see him as a racist, but when you send out definitionally racist tweets, you're sending out alarm bells all over the world. We shouldn't be doing that. He's the leader of the free world. He's the successor of Abraham Lincoln. Don't do that," he said.
Scaramucci noted, however, that Trump would likely win the next election.
"The president is going up against 20 people on the Democratic Party. It's not clear who is going to emerge as the nominee at this point, but of the people that are on the field right now, it just seems like the president has a better skill set in terms of his debating skills, and the fact that now he's been the sitting president," he said. "The Republicans disliked President Obama as much as the Democrats disliked President Trump."
He added that "it's very hard to dislodge an incumbent," but a steep recession could turn the tide against Trump.
On pushback from the Republican Party on his views, Scaramucci said that he "couldn't care less."
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