Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciWell-wishes pour in across media for Chris Cuomo after coronavirus diagnosis The Memo: Trump mulls the biggest gamble of his presidency The Memo: Trump's coronavirus briefings face criticism MORE said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpPelosi eyes end of April to bring a fourth coronavirus relief bill to the floor NBA to contribute 1 million surgical masks to NY essential workers Private equity firm with ties to Kushner asks Trump administration to relax rules on loan program: report MORE is “turning into” a racist.

Speaking on the BBC’s “Today” following Trump’s tweets over the weekend attacking four nonwhite Democratic congresswomen, Scaramucci said he doesn’t think his former boss "is a racist,” according to Politico.

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“But here's the thing, if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, OK, well, maybe you weren't a racist, but now you're turning into one,” he said.

Scaramucci, who held his post in the Trump administration for less than two weeks, added that Trump is “blowing very hard on a dog whistle.”

He joined Democrats and a handful of Republican lawmakers in condemning Trump's tweet aimed at four freshman lawmakers, all of whom are U.S. citizens, telling them to "go back" to the countries they came from.

“Would @realDonaldTrump ever tell a white immigrant - whether 1st, 2nd, 3rd or 4th+ generation - to 'go back to your country?' No,” Scaramucci tweeted earlier Tuesday. “That's why the comments were racist and unacceptable.”

While he did not name them directly, Trump’s tweets were widely believed to be directed at Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-CortezAlexandria Ocasio-CortezOvernight Health Care: Global coronavirus cases top 1M | Cities across country in danger of becoming new hotspots | Trump to recommend certain Americans wear masks | Record 6.6M file jobless claims Trump blasts Schumer over 'incorrect sound bites' on coronavirus Trump warns against 'partisan investigations' after Pelosi establishes select committee on virus response MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarTexas man arrested for allegedly threatening Democrats over coronavirus bill Undocumented aliens should stay away as COVID-19 rages in the US The Southern Poverty Law Center and yesterday's wars MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibDemocrats eye additional relief checks for coronavirus 20 House Dems call on Trump to issue two-week, nationwide shelter-in-place order Pressley, Tlaib introduce bill providing .5B in emergency grants for the homeless MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyMaryland Legislative Black Caucus pushes for state to release racial breakdown of coronavirus impact Pressley experiencing flu-like symptoms, being tested for COVID-19 The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Airbnb - Senate overcomes hurdles, passes massive coronavirus bill MORE (Mass.). All four are women of color.

Democrats quickly condemned Trump’s remarks and labeled them racist. The House is planning to vote on a resolution denouncing the remarks later Tuesday. And while some Republicans rebuked the president's comments, a few directly called them out as racist.