Scaramucci calls Trump a 'full-blown demagogue'

Ex-White House aide Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciRepublican operatives pushing GOP turnout for Biden with new super PAC President sinks amid stumbles over protests Sunday shows preview: Protests against George Floyd's death, police brutality rock the nation for a second week MORE ripped into President TrumpDonald John TrumpProtesters tear down statue of Christopher Columbus in Baltimore 'Independence Day' star Bill Pullman urges Americans to wear a 'freedom mask' in July 4 PSA Protesters burn American flag outside White House after Trump's July Fourth address MORE on Thursday, invoking the late Sen. Joseph McCarthy (R-Wis.) and his former chief counsel Roy Cohn to criticize the president.

“If he is criticizing me, he is a full-blown demagogue,” said Scaramucci, who served as the White House communications director for a little more than a week in 2017.

“It is literally like Joe McCarthy and Roy Cohn got together and had a baby and the baby was Donald J. Trump running the country,” he added.

Hill.TV has reached out to the White House for comment.

It is the latest shot in Scaramucci’s ongoing feud with Trump that has intensified in recent weeks.

During an interview with CNN on Tuesday, Scaramucci said the president is in a “meltdown,” warning that his behavior will likely only get worse.

“I'm not a psychiatrist, I'm not going to clinically evaluate him, but just as a voter you're saying, 'look, the guy's obviously in mental decline,’” he told the network. “What I find sad and troubling about the whole thing is he's got a group of people around who are supposedly loyal to him and like him who are not addressing it.”

Scaramucci also previously characterized Trump’s response to the mass shooting in El Paso as a “catastrophe,” prompting Trump to say that the former aide “knows very little about me.”

The former aide insisted in his interview with Hill.TV that this criticism is not personal, adding that he could no longer stand by the president’s rhetoric.

“The red line for me was the full-blown racism against the four congresswomen,” he said referring to Trump’s attacks on Democratic minority Reps. Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Black lives and the CBC: What happens to a dream deferred? MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressive lawmakers call for conditions on Israel aid Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezDemocratic strategist Andrew Feldman says Biden is moving left Hispanic Caucus asks Trump to rescind invitation to Mexican president Nadler wins Democratic primary MORE (N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Campaign Report: Colorado, Utah primary results bring upsets, intrigue Progressives zero in on another House chairman in primary Ocasio-Cortez pitches interns to work for her instead of McConnell MORE (Mass.) in July.

Scaramucci said that Trump telling the congresswomen to “go back” to where they came from was not only racist but also out of line. 

“I’m a Republican, I don’t agree with them — I don’t agree with their policies but they do have standing to live in the United States,” he told Hill.TV, noting how all four were U.S. citizens and only one was born outside the country. 

—Tess Bonn