WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW:
- Anthony Scaramucci, who served as White House communications director for less than two weeks in 2017, advised the Republican Party on Monday to replace President Donald Trump as the party’s nominee.
- Scaramucci warned that if the GOP does not drop Trump, former Vice President Joe Biden could beat him in the 2020 election.
- Scaramucci has been involved in an escalating Twitter war with the president after he condemned his ‘racist tweets,’ ‘bullying,’ and his handling of the recent mass shootings.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci advised the Republican Party on Monday to replace President Donald Trump as the party’s nominee.
Scaramucci told MSNBC’s Stephanie Ruhle that the GOP needs to drop Trump after his recent controversial statements involving racism and mass shootings.
The GOP donor noted that while he would not vote for a Democrat, former Vice President Joe Biden could beat Trump in the 2020 election.
Scaramucci told MSNBC, “Do they have the courage to step forward in a block and knock this guy off? If they do, then I think it will be a very fun race and I think that the Republicans will win. If they don’t, he’s stuck at 42 percent, if [Democrats] put up someone like Joe Biden, it’s going to be very tough in Michigan and places like Pennsylvania.”
But Trump has retained his popularity among Republican voters.
According to a recent Gallup poll, Trump has an 88 percent job approval rating among GOP voters. Only 42 percent of the general population, however, approve of his job performance.
After serving as White House communications director for less than two weeks in 2017, Scaramucci had continued to defend him in the two years that followed.
But he has become vocally critical of the president in the past few weeks. He particularly condemned his “racist tweets” and his handling of the recent mass shootings.
Trump responded on Twitter on Sunday by calling Scaramucci “incapable”.
Scaramucci told MSNBC on Monday, “I can’t think of anything less American than bullying people and using your Twitter feed to call out our fellow citizens on Twitter.”
The president responded on Twitter again hours later, calling his former aide a disgruntled former employee who “just wanted to be on TV!”
Scaramucci clapped back by saying that it’s now “time to call in a good relief pitcher.”
Currently, only one other Republican, former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld, has announced plans to challenge Trump for the 2020 nomination.
Source: NBC News