Scaramucci says Trump is ‘turning into’ a racist

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said Tuesday that President Trump 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.

{mosads}“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-Cortez (N.Y.), Ilhan Omar (Minn.), Rashida Tlaib (Mich.) and Ayanna Pressley (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. 

Tags Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez Anthony Scaramucci Ayanna Pressley Donald Trump Ilhan Omar Rashida Tlaib

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