Scaramucci says he will work to defeat Trump in 2020, won’t ‘rule anything out’


Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci on Thursday told Hill.TV that he would wait to see how the Republican primary plays out, but said he would work to defeat President Trump if he becomes the Republican nominee in 2020.

“I’m not going to rule anything out,” Scaramucci said when asked whether he would support a Democrat in the 2020 election. “But I am a Republican and I don’t think President Trump is going to make it to the November election and I do not think he will be the Republican nominee.”

“If he is the Republican nominee, I will be working to defeat him for sure because you can’t have this guy running the country for the next four years,” he added.

Scaramucci, a former loyal Trump supporter, added that he plans to launch a political action committee later this month that will target suburban voters in swing states, particularly suburban women.

“We have a mega-MAGA bully-in-chief that’s lightening people up left and right on his Twitter feed instead of actually running the country,” he said. “I’m going to be spending my time in the swing states over the next 13 months explaining that to a very swath of people.”

The former White House aide’s comments come just weeks after a public feud with the president.

Scaramucci called Trump’s visit to El Paso, Texas, following the mass shooting a “catastrophe.” The president later hit back, saying that Scaramucci “know’s very little about me.”

Trump also cast his former aide as a disgruntled employee who is just mad because he got fired, prompting Scaramucci to say, “eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country.”

Scaramucci maintained in his interview with Hill.TV that he definitively broke with Trump after the president told four minority congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from, even though all are U.S. citizens and only one was born outside the U.S.

But he suggested that he should broke with Trump sooner.

“You can be critical of me and I will own the criticism that perhaps I should have left his support after Charlottesville,” he said referring to a series of white nationalist marches in Charlottesville, Va. in 2017. “But the red line for me was the four congresswomen.” 

—Tess Bonn

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