Now that "The Mooch is on the loose!" and not tethered to the West Wing, Anthony Scaramucci spoke publicly about what he thinks is going right and wrong in the White House. In an interview with This Week, the front-stabbing Long Island native said of President Trump's statement about the fatal clash in Charlottesville, "I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists."
A driver allegedly deliberately sped up to strike counterprotesters marching in Charlottesville, Virginia on Saturday, killing a women and injuring over a dozen others. The counterprotest was in opposition to a group of white nationalists, including Richard Spencer and former Imperial Wizard of the KKK David Duke, attending a "Unite the Right" rally. After the crowd grew unruly, Virginia governor Terry McAuliffe called a state of emergency, and two Virginia State police officers, arriving to respond to the violence, were killed when their helicopter crashed outside the city.
Trump did not specifically call out white nationalists during his Saturday press conference, instead opting to blame everyone: "We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence on many sides — on many sides." After many criticized the statement, Ivanka Trump tweeted Sunday morning, "There should be no place in society for racism, white supremacy and neo-nazis. We must all come together as Americans -- and be one country UNITED. #Charlottesville."
An unnamed White House spokesperson also claimed, "The President said very strongly in his statement yesterday that he condemns all forms of violence, bigotry and hatred and of course that includes White Supremacists, the KKK, Neo-Nazis and all extremist groups. He called for national unity and bringing all Americans together." However, the spokesperson would not allow the press corps to attribute the quote on the record and NY Times reporter Maggie Haberman pointed out, "They are really dragging this out. Potus still hasn't said this."
Scaramucci, who was fired from his position as White House communications director after a week and a half and an intensely vulgar interview with The New Yorker, said on This Week, "I wouldn't have recommended that statement. I think he needed to be much harsher as it related to the white supremacists and the nature of that. I applaud General McMaster for calling it out for what it is. It's actually terrorism. Whether it's domestic or international terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out."
The Mooch also singled out Steve Bannon during his interview with George Stephanopoulos:
STEPHANOPOULOS: But the question is why didn't the president do that? You know him well.
SCARAMUCCI: Well, I think Alex mentioned one of the reasons he doesn't like doing that, he likes doing the opposite of what the media thinks he's going to do. I think he's also of the impression that there is hatred on all sides.
But I disagree with it. And so -- but here's the thing. Whether I was the White House communications director or not, I don't think you're going change the president. The president's going to do what he wants to do, how he wants to do it.
But I think it's important for the people around him, George, to give them direct advice. To be blunt with him. I think he respects bluntness and he respects candor. And I certainly would have never suggested him doing that.
STEPHANOPOULOS: But is there anyone in the White House who said, boy, you just made a real mistake there?
SCARAMUCCI: I think people are probably reluctant to tell him the truth. Maybe Ivanka would do that. You saw her tweet this morning. Maybe Jared would do that.
But you also got this sort of Bannon-bart influence in there, which I think is a snag on the president. If the president really wants to execute that legislative agenda that I think is so promising for the American people, the lower-middle class people and the middle class people, then he has to move away from that sort of Bannon-bart nonsense.
STEPHANOPOULOS: You mean Bannon and Breitbart? Steve Bannon.
SCARAMUCCI: Yes. The whole thing is nonsensical. It's not serving the president's interests. He's got to move more into the mainstream, he's got to be more into where the moderates are and the independents are, George, that love the president. And so if he does that, he'll have a very successful legislative agenda that he'll be able to execute. And if he doesn't do that, you're going to see inertia and you're going to see this resistance from more of the establishment senators that he needs to curry favor with.
For the record, Scaramucci has never asked Bannon to his face whether he's a white nationalist, but....
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As for his firing, Scaramucci, who sold his hedge fund so he could work in the White House, was philosophical: "Do I think I deserve be fired? Well, obviously, I wish they would have given me a bar of soap and told me to go wash my mouth out in the bathroom and move on. I don't necessarily think -- it was going to be very hard to stay in the job given the fact that General Kelly took over. And so I respect General Kelly, and so my feeling about the whole thing is that -- what happens was sort of meant to happen."
He also commented on how Roger Stone called him a "political suicide bomber," with Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus leaving as soon as the Mooch came onboard. "I saw it more as like Mr. Wolf from Pulp Fiction," Scaramucci said. "You know, I really did get a directive from the president. I had a mutual understanding with him. And I was probably running too hard and acting more like a corporate CEO than I was say a political operative, and that is my mistake. And I have to own that."
Scarmucci will be on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night; he said he would bring Colbert a "professionally monogrammed front stabbing knife from the @huntandfishnyc also suitable for cutting steak!" Oh, and he has advice for Bill Hader: "more Hairspray Bill tighter tie!"