On Thursday, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared on CNN’s “New Day” and sent President Trump the message that he risks “about 15%” of his support if he continues with “racist rhetoric.”
The “Mooch’s” insights were interesting, in spite of anchor Alisyn Camerota’s annoying and disruptive interruptions. Camerota kicked off the interview by asking if the President’s “racist attacks against four Democratic congresswomen” is “a winning campaign strategy for him.”
“It may be a winning campaign strategy, but it is against the idealistic values of America,” replied Scaramucci. “So what ends up happening is it’s such a turnoff to a large group of people that you are running a risk of 15% of the people you want to get you through that electoral map and back into the presidency saying, ‘You know what? I love the policies but I don’t like the send her back rhetoric. I don’t like the racist rhetoric of sending people back to the, you know, homes they came from.’ Even though three of the four people were born in the United States.
“For me, it’s really about the ideas of America, what we stand for as a country, he continued. “The president wants to do that, you know, I like the president. I’ve supported the president. He has a great economic agenda …”
Camerota referenced a report by Maggie Haberman alleging that the Trump campaign is “deciding” that “this sort of stirring up of racial tension is more effective for some reason than talking about the economy. You know this White House.” She asked: “Why do they think that?”
“I think the bet is, if you can increase the voter participation in the president’s base, a lot of people in the middle will vote for him because of the economic agenda and a lot of those positive things,” said Scaramucci. “And then what they’re also hoping to do is, by labeling the Democrats of that ‘squad,’ hopefully you can pull the candidate, whoever that may be, in the direction of the squad which — listen … you may disagree with me on this, but they have disastrous policies. They also say anti-Semitic things.”
“If he can get the Democratic party effectively labeled that squad and that hard left, okay? Even though he’s got some racial tension going in there, he gets the voter participation up, the other people hold their nose and they vote for him and he wins re-election.”
“So I think both sides are a little ridiculous,” he said. “I think what’s happening now is that moderate people, you know, ultimately, at the end of the day, there’s two types of people. If you don’t vote, that’s almost as good as voting in a lot of ways. Let me explain …”
“If you turn enough people off and they don’t vote, okay scram on the politics … but I tell people … I was at an event last night. I said, hey look at your tax return. In my case, I’m at 53%. I’m a minority partner in my own life. I don’t know what your tax return is. Maybe it’s 30%. But the government is taking a third of your — like, they’re a big-time partner in your business. You’ve got to get involved with the hiring decisions.”
Scarmucci indicated that he does still support the President, but warned him that the heated rhetoric might hurt him in the end.
“I support him. I would like him to conform to that behavior. What the president needs to know from his friends who are too afraid to tell him to his face what they really think of those tweets … if he continues on that path, he’s going to lose, like a glacier of support is going to break off and float away from him in a way that he doesn’t fully understand.”
But if the tweets continue, support from ‘The Mooch’ might twindle, and he thinks for many others as well. “I think the message to the President is there’s going to be a large glacier of people that under their breath are saying this is ridiculous. He has friends of his in the White House that are working for him that are telling reporters that, ‘these tweets are racist, but I can’t say anything because I’ve got to keep my job.’”
Part one of the interview below. Note how the obnoxious “journalist” is far more partisan than the former Trump staffer and admitted Trump supporter Scaramucci …
Video by CNN
“I’m just curious. One more racist tweet and he loses your support?” Camerota asked.
“I don’t know. It’s like what potter Stewart said about pornography,” said Scaramucci. “You know it when you see it. But you have to know what you’re going up against. If he’s going up against a left wing radical human being going for the Green New Deal, destroy the economy, triple taxes, layer on the regulation that slowed down growth —”
Camerota tried to corner him into either saying he supported the “racist” Trump tweets or that he did not support the President.
“For me it will eventually be a moral question. But he’s not a racist,” Scaramucci insisted.
“But his Tweets are racist,” she said.
“The Tweets are racist, yeah,” he said again. “And by the way, friends would tell him the truth … would tell him the tweets are racist. I don’t believe he’s a racist. I think he’s done a very good job for the country. If he continues on that path, again, you don’t want me to say this because I’m going to repeat it again. It won’t be just me. There’ll be a very large coalition of people that have worked for him in the past that are working for him now that will say that is un-American and, you know, it’s reminiscent of McCarthyism.
“What ends up happening is you hear it, you don’t like it, you ignore it,” he continued. “You hear it, you don’t like it, you say this is not the direction the country wants to go in. So if you’re weighing the policies and you’re weighing that strategy versus what America stands for, okay? … you’re making a big mistake. That’s my honest opinion. By the way, I love my country.”
“I’m saying that you’re doing something that I don’t think you really want to do,” said Scaramucci, directing his comments to the President. “You have an unbelievable agenda, what you’ve done from a policy perspective has been amazing for the country. How you’re doing things stylistically, you could have a large disaffection of people voting for you. I think he needs to hear that. I think the campaign needs to hear that. And I think there needs to be some courage in elected officials in the Republican party to pick up the phone and say, hey, you should really knock this off. Because directionally this is not the way we want to go in the country.”
Part two …
Video by CNN
Update: For the record, Trump must have quickly gotten the message, or one like it, because he denounced the chant Thursday morning:
President Donald Trump denounces the “send her back” chant: “I disagree with it… I felt a little bit badly about it… I was not happy with it, I disagree with it”
— Ryan Saavedra (@RealSaavedra) July 18, 2019
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