Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciFormer Trump officials plotting effort to blunt his impact on elections: report Grisham says former Trump officials meeting next week 'to try and stop him' Yarmuth slams Massie for gun-filled family Christmas photo MORE said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden says Roe v. Wade under attack like 'never before' On student loans, Biden doesn't have an answer yet Grill company apologizes after sending meatloaf recipe on same day of rock star's death 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-CortezMan who threatened to kill Ocasio-Cortez, Pelosi pleads guilty to federal charges These Senate seats are up for election in 2022 Missouri House Democrat becomes latest to test positive for COVID-19 MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSenate needs to confirm Deborah Lipstadt as antisemitism envoy — Now Overnight Defense & National Security — DOD watchdog to review extremism screening Omar calls for closure of Guantánamo Bay prison after 20 years of 'lawlessness and cruelty' MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibOvernight Energy & Environment — Biden announces green buildings initiative Tlaib blasts Biden judicial nominee whose firm sued environmental lawyer House Democrats inquire about possible census undercount in Detroit, other communities MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyHouse votes to award medal to Willie O'Ree, first Black NHL player It's time for President Biden to use his vast clemency power Ayanna Pressley says she has tested COVID-19 positive in breakthrough case 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.