Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Scaramucci says Trump is 'turning into' a racist

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' The Hill's 12:30 Report: Trump tries to reassure voters on economy Trump pushes back on recent polling data, says internal numbers are 'strongest we've had so far' MORE said Tuesday that President TrumpDonald John TrumpFacebook releases audit on conservative bias claims Harry Reid: 'Decriminalizing border crossings is not something that should be at the top of the list' Recessions happen when presidents overlook key problems 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-CortezOmar says US should reconsider aid to Israel Pro-Trump Republican immigrant to challenge Dem lawmaker who flipped Michigan seat 3 real problems Republicans need to address to win in 2020 MORE (N.Y.), Ilhan OmarIlhan OmarScaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE (Minn.), Rashida TlaibRashida Harbi TlaibScaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' The Hill's Morning Report - Trump searches for backstops amid recession worries Mueller report fades from political conversation MORE (Mich.) and Ayanna PressleyAyanna PressleyScaramucci calls on GOP to save country from Trump 'depredations' Pro-Trump Republican immigrant to challenge Dem lawmaker who flipped Michigan seat Joseph Kennedy mulling primary challenge to Markey in Massachusetts 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.