President Trump reached a new low when he refused to blame white supremacists for the deaths and injuries that occurred at their hate-fueled weekend rally in Charlottesville, Virginia. Trump released the following statement shortly after one white supremacist drove a car into a group of counter-protesters, killing one person and injuring 19 others:
‘We condemn in the strongest possible terms this egregious display of hatred, bigotry and violence, on many sides. On many sides. It’s been going on for a long time in our country. Not Donald Trump, not Barack Obama. This has been going on for a long, long time.’
Not surprisingly, the president has received a lot of well-deserved backlash for crafting a statement that wouldn’t be too offensive to white supremacists. Even Republicans like Marco Rubio and Orrin Hatch have condemned his remarks.
One of the most surprising responses to the statement, though, came on Sunday morning from former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci.
Appearing on ABC’s This Week for his first interview since his abrupt firing, Scaramucci told anchor George Stephanopoulos about Trump’s comments:
‘I wouldn’t have recommended that statement. I think he would have needed to have been much harsher.
He then added that the events that took place in Charlottesville were “actually terrorism” and said that Trump needed to “call that stuff out.”
‘It’s actually terrorism and whether it’s domestic or international terrorism, with the moral authority of the presidency, you have to call that stuff out.’
When asked if there is anyone currently in the White House who would tell Trump he made a mistake with the statement, Scaramucci said the only ones might be the president’s daughter, Ivanka, or his son-in-law, Jared Kushner.
Scaramucci then went on to criticize the influence of Trump’s chief strategist, Steve Bannon, who used to be an executive of Breitbart News, a website that has repeatedly published articles that appeal to far-right groups like those that gathered over the weekend.
Scaramucci said that there is a “sort of ‘Bannon-bart’ influence” in the White House that he thinks “is a snag on the president.”
Watch a clip from Scaramucci’s interview below, available via YouTube.
Featured image is a screenshot from the video.