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

Anthony ScaramucciAnthony ScaramucciScaramucci to Lemon: Trump 'doubling down' on downplaying virus 'should scare' viewers Sunday shows - Leaked audio of Trump's sister reverberates Scaramucci says Trump will display 'classic narcissism' at Republican convention MORE, who briefly served as President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response 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.