Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci: 'Trump fatigue' could help Bloomberg beat Trump if he wins Democratic nomination Will Republicans continue to engage in willful blindness? Scaramucci: Trump sees Bloomberg as threat MORE said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says his advice to impeachment defense team is 'just be honest' Trump expands tariffs on steel and aluminum imports CNN's Axelrod says impeachment didn't come up until 80 minutes into focus group 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-CortezImpeachment throws curveball in Iowa to sidelined senators Sanders says it's 'disappointing' he's not on campaign trail in Iowa The Hill's Campaign Report: Ten days to Iowa MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive Media's selective outrage exposed in McSally-Raju kerfuffle MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibSanders wants one-on-one fight with Biden Democrats press Trump administration to stop DNA collection from detained migrants Jayapal: 'We will end up with another Donald Trump' if the US doesn't elect a progressive MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyThe Hill's Morning Report — Dems detail case to remove Trump for abuse of power Pressley says she 'would welcome the opportunity' to educate DeVos after abortion, slavery comparison Massachusetts governor apologizes after calling Pressley speech a 'rant' 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.