Scaramucci asks left to create 'off-ramp' for Trump officials, compares it to 'trying to deprogram people from a cult'

Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciAnti-Trump Republicans endorsing vulnerable Democrats to prevent GOP takeover 'Only the Rich Can Play' documents how Republican program to help the poor didn't Want to evaluate Donald Trump's judgment? Listen to Donald Trump MORE, who briefly served as President TrumpDonald TrumpJan. 6 panel plans to subpoena Trump lawyer who advised on how to overturn election Texans chairman apologizes for 'China virus' remark Biden invokes Trump in bid to boost McAuliffe ahead of Election Day MORE's White House communications director, said the left needs to give Republicans supporting Trump the space they need to break from the president.

"We recognize that the president is a clear and present danger to the American society, the American culture. There are many people inside the White House and in the Cabinet. I would ask the left to let's create an off-ramp for those people because when you’re trying to deprogram people from a cult, one of the first things you have to do is allow them to change their mind, and you have to allow them to have the space to change their mind," Scaramucci said Sunday in a Fox News interview.

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The former Trump official has doubled down on his attacks on Trump in recent weeks, after years of supporting and defending Trump's actions and rhetoric. 

He said criticism of the fact that he used to defend Trump is "very justifiable." 

Scaramucci said he would further explain his recent switch in an op-ed that will be published later this week in The Washington Post. 

"Trust me: There's a ton of people inside that White House, inside the government, up on Capitol Hill that feel the exact same way," he said. 

He also cautioned Republicans not to feel "intimidated" by Trump, likening the president to a bully.  

Trump has pushed back on Scaramucci's recent criticism, telling reporters he's called the White House repeatedly. 

Scaramucci said that is false and that he has not asked for his job back. 

"Look at the White House phone records. I didn't call that many times," he said. 

"He's gone off the rails," Scaramucci said. 

"He's acting in a way that's completely unstable. It is an issue of leadership and the culture of serving leadership. He is literally — we've gone 42 presidents since George Washington — he's literally he opposite of George Washington," he added.