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Scaramucci: Replace Trump

AP reports ex-aide urges GOP to seek new candidate in '20

Posted on
Aug 13, 2019

Around every turn, Trump seems to be losing support. Now he is losing the support of one of his biggest backers Anthony Scaramucci. Find out more from the AP below. 

Former short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Monday that President Trump is ‘‘giving people a license to hate’’ and called on Republicans to consider replacing him on the top of the ticket next year.

‘‘How are we all tolerating this?’’ Scaramucci said during an interview on CNN. ‘‘The rhetoric is so charged and so divisive that we all have to just take a step back now and say, ‘What are we doing actually?’ ’’

In an interview with The Washington Post later Monday, Scaramucci said he wanted to recruit other former Trump aides and prominent Republicans to come forward with critical opinions of the president — views he said that many had shared with him privately.

Until recently, Scaramucci, who was fired after serving in the White House for 11 days in 2017, had continued to express support for Trump even as he increasingly spoke out on television and Twitter about some of the president’s rhetoric on race and other issues.

Last week, Scaramucci characterized Trump’s visits to El Paso and Dayton, Ohio, in the aftermath of mass shootings in the two cities as a ‘‘total catastrophe,’’ saying Trump appeared more focused on promoting himself than helping victims of the violence.

That criticism was apparently what prompted Trump to lash out at Scaramucci on Twitter over the weekend, writing that he was ‘‘totally incapable of handling’’ the communications director job and ‘‘would do anything to come back in.’’

During the CNN interview, Scaramucci said he is no longer supporting Trump’s reelection bid and wants to see another Republican step up to run.

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