Scaramucci breaks up with Trump in now-familiar pattern

Former White House communications director Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciPolitical editor Steve Scully leaving C-SPAN Influential Republicans detail call to reform party, threaten to form new one Anthony Scaramucci joining CNBC as a contributor MORE has broken forcefully with President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump hails Arizona Senate for audit at Phoenix rally, slams governor Arkansas governor says it's 'disappointing' vaccinations have become 'political' Watch live: Trump attends rally in Phoenix MORE, engaging in a Twitter feud with his former boss and suggesting Republicans should consider a change to the top of their ticket ahead of the 2020 presidential election.

It’s a remarkable divorce between Trump and an associate who was once one of his foremost public allies, but follows a familiar pattern of former aides stoking the anger of a president who puts a premium on loyalty.

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"[Trump] requires loyalty, but it’s a one-way street," said Omarosa Manigault NewmanOmarosa Manigault NewmanJudge denies Omarosa Manigault Newman request to depose Trump, John Kelly in lawsuit Tanden seeks to defuse GOP tensions over tweets Juan Williams: The GOP's problem with women of color MORE, one former White House aide who has become a critic of the president. "It’s not a two-way street. So he wants the people around him to be loyal to him, but he does not extend the same loyalty to others.”

Trump and his former communications director, nicknamed “The Mooch,” have traded barbs over the last 72 hours, with Scaramucci saying the president has “gone off the rails” and Trump ripping his former employee as a bitter opportunist.

“To those asking, ‘What took so long?’ You’re right,” Scaramucci tweeted Monday. “I tried to see best in @realDonaldTrump based on private interactions and select policy alignment. But his increasingly divisive rhetoric — and damage it’s doing to fabric of our society — outweighs any short-term economic gain.”

The former White House aide told CNN in a Monday morning interview that he remains a Republican but that he's “neutral” on Trump and is no longer actively supporting his reelection bid.

“The racially charged comments, the divisive tweeting, the nonsense coming from the president is not helping the country,” Scaramucci said on “New Day.”

Scaramucci accused the president of inciting hate and fracturing institutions and suggested the GOP may need to consider nominating someone else for 2020. He predicted other Republicans might begin to speak out if Trump's divisive rhetoric continues, claiming GOP officials have raised concerns privately.

But there is little evidence to suggest that Scaramucci represents a majority point of view among Republicans. Trump has an 89 percent approval rating within his own party, according to a recent Gallup survey, and the president and his allies on Monday dismissed the former aide as someone leveraging his brief White House tenure into significant air time.

“He worked at the White House for less than 2 weeks and is certainly no expert on this President,” White House press secretary Stephanie GrishamStephanie GrishamJill Biden appears on Vogue cover Kayleigh McEnany joins Fox News as co-host of 'Outnumbered' Melania Trump says she was 'disappointed and disheartened' watching Capitol riots MORE said in a statement. “This is all so self-serving on his part and the media plays right into it. It’s embarrassing to watch.”

Trump tweeted that Scaramucci “had nothing to do with my Election Victory” and claimed the former aide was upset by his inability to get another job in the administration.

Scaramucci shot back at Trump's “very weak troll” and decried him as a bully.

“Many have called and are willing to work on a necessary replacement,” he tweeted. “Time to call in a good relief pitcher. @potus is lost.”

Scaramucci did not respond to a request for an interview through a spokesperson.

Scaramucci served as White House communications director for 11 days in 2017 before he was fired for making profane comments about his colleagues to a reporter. 

Despite his brief tenure, he has remained one of the most visible former Trump administration officials. Scaramucci appears regularly on cable news, where until recently he often defended Trump’s policies and rhetoric. He published a book last year titled “Trump, the Blue-Collar President” that was complimentary of the president’s ability to connect with voters.

But Scaramucci has shifted his tone in recent weeks. He labeled Trump's tweets telling four progressive congresswomen of color to “go back” where they came from “racist and unacceptable.” And the former aide called it a “catastrophe" that Trump's visits to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, last week in the wake of back-to-back mass shootings were overshadowed by the president's tweets attacking his opponents.

“Anthony Scaramucci, who was quickly terminated (11 days) from a position that he was totally incapable of handling, now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on 'President Trump,’” Trump tweeted Saturday.

“Anthony, who would do anything to come back in, should remember the only reason he is on TV, and it’s not for being the Mooch!” the president added.

Scaramucci escalated his criticism on Sunday night, telling Axios that he thinks the GOP may have to reconsider its support for Trump in 2020. He returned to the airwaves Monday morning to further decry the president's behavior.

The Scaramucci-Trump spat followed a familiar script to whenever former administration officials or prominent onetime supporters have broken with the president.

After leaving her job in the West Wing, Manigault Newman described Trump as a racist and wrote in a book last year that she believes the president showed a “mental decline.”

Trump responded by calling Manigault Newman a “dog” and a “lowlife,” and the Department of Justice earlier this year filed a lawsuit alleging she breached an ethics law.

Former Secretary of State Rex TillersonRex Wayne TillersonHouse passes legislation to elevate cybersecurity at the State Department Biden's is not a leaky ship of state — not yet With salami-slicing and swarming tactics, China's aggression continues MORE said after being fired that he felt Trump was undisciplined and was underprepared for a meeting with Russian President Vladimir PutinVladimir Vladimirovich PutinFox News: 'Entirely unacceptable' for 'NSA to unmask Tucker Carlson' Overnight Defense: US launches another airstrike in Somalia | Amendment to expand Pentagon recusal period added to NDAA | No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia No. 2 State Dept. official to lead nuclear talks with Russia next week MORE. The president responded to those assessments by calling his former top diplomat “dumb as a rock” and “lazy as hell.”

Scaramucci on Monday said he has no regrets about his past support for Trump and credited the president with boosting the economic prospects of certain workers. But he suggested that Trump's willingness to turn on allies shouldn't go unchallenged.

“This gruff, intimidating, bullying nonsense, strong people have to get together and call it out for what it is,” Scaramucci told CNN. “And so that’s where I stand on this. And I tried to stay loyal to him, but you can't be loyal to somebody that, again, is asymmetric in his loyalty.”