Aug 11, 2019

Anthony Scaramucci: Trump eventually "turns on everyone"

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In a tweet Sunday morning, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci wrote that President Trump eventually "turns on everyone" and that "soon it will be you and then the entire country."

"For the last 3 years I have fully supported this President. Recently he has said things that divide the country in a way that is unacceptable. So I didn’t pass the 100% litmus test. Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country."

Why it matters: While Scaramucci's White House tenure was notoriously short-lived, he has nonetheless been one of Trump's most vocal public defenders to have served in the administration. He has, however, broken with Trump to criticize him on several occasions, most recently calling the president's visits to the victims of mass shootings in El Paso and Dayton a "catastrophe."

  • Likely in response to Scaramucci's criticism, Trump tweeted: "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.” Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me."

Scaramucci later tweeted a New Yorker cartoon by Peter Kuper depicting the cyclical nature of working in the White House, which inevitably results in landing on Trump's list of enemies.

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Why it matters: It's way less than the nearly 9 million private sector jobs economists estimated would be lost in May, suggesting layoffs during the coronavirus crisis could be slowing sooner than Wall Street expected.

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Driving the news: Even before the recent mass upheaval in response to Floyd's death, Biden said he was expanding outreach and eyeing wider plans around environmental justice, or the disproportionate pollution burdens facing poor communities and people of color.

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President Trump's call to treat antifa supporters like terrorists could be a green light for high-tech surveillance of dissidents.

Why it matters: It's unlikely the Trump administration can designate antifa as a terrorist group in any legally meaningful way, but the declaration gives law enforcement tacit approval to use a plethora of tech tools to monitor protesters and left-leaning activists.