In a desperate attempt to ingratiate himself into the upper echelons of Washington’s political elite, financier Anthony Scaramucci says he is in the process of starting a political action committee to “dismantle” President Donald Trump.
“I think you have to consider a change at the top of the ticket when someone is acting like this,” he told CNN earlier this month.
He has found allies on both sides of the aisle, especially Democrats who want to unseat the president at any cost, and have opened their arms to welcome their old foe.
Last week during an MSNBC interview, Scaramucci said he was working with a “group of Republicans” — including “ex-cabinet officials, military people,” and others — to mount a Republican candidate as a primary challenge to Trump.
He also showed up at the Blue Dream Gala in Southampton, New York, a campaign stop for Democratic presidential frontrunner Joe Biden. The event was held at the Greek Orthodox Church of the Hamptons.
“I’m a registered Republican. I haven’t switched my support to Vice President Biden, but I will be working to find a nominee to challenge Donald Trump because he’s lost his mind and we’ve got to get someone here before we lose the election 2020,” Scaramucci told the Washington Examiner.
The pesky former White House communications director has been lobbing incendiary attacks against his former boss for weeks, making many controversial statements to get airtime at various Hate-Trump media outlets, where they happily roll out the red carpet for him.
He is best known for his humiliating ejection from the White House after making vulgar remarks to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza in July 2017. His brief 11-day stint at the White House lasted from July 21 to July 31.
Scaramucci appeared on CNN’s News Day on the morning of July 27, 2017 to compare his tumultuous relationship with then Chief of Staff Reince Priebus to Cain and Abel. In biblical lore Cain killed Abel as they vied for God’s favor.
On that day Lizza’s report was published giving details of a disturbing phone call with Scaramucci, who unloaded on his enemy in what he claimed were off-the-record comments.
“Reince is a f-ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He channeled Priebus as he spoke: “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f-ing thing and see if I can c-ck-block these people the way I c-ck-blocked Scaramucci for six months,’” he ranted to Lizza.
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c-ck,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f-ing strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
That afternoon, Scaramucci posted a remorseful tweet: “I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump’s agenda. #MAGA”
It was one of the most abominable acts any public relations professional of his stature had been associated with in recent times.
His behavior aroused suspicion. Why would a White House communications director make such a statement, on or off the record, to a member of the media, especially after being newly appointed? People were chattering that he might have been a plant by Trump’s enemies.
Before he was hired at the White House he had been making the rounds, expressing his affinity for the president and his desire to see him succeed. He pledged to help Trump with his agenda in any way he could. He was a major donor to Republican candidates, including Trump, in 2016.
After the election, Trump asked Scaramucci to join his administration, and the New York-based financier put his stake in his company, SkyBridge Capital, up for sale to take up his new assignment.
“I think there’s been, at times, a disconnect between the way we see the president and how much we love the president, and the way some of you perhaps see the president,” Scaramucci told the White House press corps on day one of his appointment.
“I love the President. I’m very, very loyal to the President,” he said, adding, “The President has really good karma … and he’s genuinely a wonderful human being.”
Before associating with Trump, Scaramucci was a big fan of his former rival Hillary Clinton. “I like Hillary. Have to go with the best athlete. We need to turn this around,” he tweeted in 2012. He also tweeted his support “for Gay Marriage, against the death penalty, and Pro Choice.” After his appointment he deleted them, calling the move “full transparency,” arguing that “past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction.”
During a Fox Business appearance in 2016, Scaramucci described Trump as a “hack politician. He called his rhetoric “crazy” and criticized his proposed Muslim ban.
It’s no surprise that he has made a complete U-turn politically, before Trump has even had time to complete his first term.
In a January 2016 tweet he posted, “It is a fight within Islam, overwhelming majority see Islam as a religion of peace, want to live in multiracial/ethnic/faith democracies.” Could this be what foreshadowed the end of his honeymoon with the president?
On July 16, Scaramucci criticized Trump for making racist attacks on Democratic congresswomen of color. Since then he has been on a media blitz tearing away at the president, comparing him to the Chernobyl disaster.
“He’s off the rails,” Mr. Scaramucci said in an interview earlier this month. “And the honest people in the room know that he is crazy.”
He accused the president of using his office to single out “specific Americans to cyberbully them.” He also called him a “highly unstable nut” and “mental wreck.”
In a Washington Post op-ed on August 19, “I was wrong about Trump. Here’s why,” he wrote:
“I challenge my fellow Republicans to summon the nerve to speak out on the record against Trump. Defy the culture of fear he has created, and go public with the concerns you readily express in private. Hold on to your patriotism, and help save the country from his depredations. And to members of the so-called resistance, please leave room on the off-ramp for those willing to admit their mistakes.
My personal odyssey took longer than it should have, but I’m not concerned with being on the right side of history — I’m determined to ensure that good people are the ones who end up writing it.”
The president has returned fire 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.” Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me….” He also tweeted, “Nobody ever heard of this dope until he met me. He only lasted 11 days.”
Is Anthony Scaramucci an opportunist or political hatchet man? He was welcomed as the man-of-the-moment in Martha’s Vineyard recently alongside Bill and Hillary Clinton, John Kerry and other top Democratic leaders and seems determined to be a power player in the 2020 elections. Only time will tell if he adheres to any philosophical and political principles or is just a seedy, self-promoting social climber.