Scaramucci calls Trump a 'full-blown demagogue'

Ex-White House aide Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciTrump blasts 'Mr. Tough Guy' Bolton: 'He made some very big mistakes' Trump's mental decline is perfectly clear for those with eyes to see and ears to hear Scaramucci calls Trump a 'full-blown demagogue' MORE ripped into President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump conversation with foreign leader part of complaint that led to standoff between intel chief, Congress: report Pelosi: Lewandowski should have been held in contempt 'right then and there' Trump to withdraw FEMA chief nominee: report 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 OmarHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' Trump seeks to expand electoral map with New Mexico rally MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOmar says she hopes Netanyahu not reelected Bill Maher, Michael Moore spar over Democrats' strategy for 2020 Young insurgents aren't rushing to Kennedy's side in Markey fight MORE (Mich.), Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOcasio-Cortez mocks 'White House ethics' in Instagram post Overnight Health Care — Presented by Partnership for America's Health Care Future — Pelosi set to unveil drug price plan | Abortion rate in US hits lowest level since Roe v. Wade | Dems threaten to subpoena Juul Kennedy to challenge Markey in Senate primary MORE (N.Y.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHillicon Valley: Zuckerberg to meet with lawmakers | Big tech defends efforts against online extremism | Trump attends secretive Silicon Valley fundraiser | Omar urges Twitter to take action against Trump tweet Omar asks Twitter what it's doing in response to Trump spreading 'lies that put my life at risk' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump eyes narrowly focused response to Iran attacks 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