In a variety of interviews and tweets — including on Monday morning on CNN — the former White House communications director (all 11 days’ worth!) has insisted that the President is, in Mooch’s mind, a nuclear reactor on the verge of a meltdown and therefore he no longer supports Trump.
“To those asking, ‘what took so long?’ You’re right. 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.”
Scaramucci is entitled to his own opinion. But not his own facts. And the facts simply do not line up with the idea that Trump’s rhetoric is getting worse or more divisive — particularly of late. The facts suggest that Trump has always been exactly the person he is today. There’s no meaningful change — for the better or the worse — in his behavior. Trump is, quite simply, just being Trump.
Consider this: Two years ago today, white nationalist marchers in Charlottesville, Virginia, created a riot that left a woman — Heather Heyer — dead. In the wake of that incident, Trump blamed “both sides” — the white supremacists and those who organized a counter-protest to them — for Heyer’s death.
Not enough for you? How about these:
There’s more. So much more. But you get the idea.
What Scaramucci is doing is trying to soothe his own conscience. Trump wasn’t always this bad! Therefore, supporting him for as long as I did was OK! Something has changed now! Something big!
The cold reality, of course, is that nothing has changed. Trump is who he has always been. There is no meltdown. There is no “he’s getting worse.”
Scaramucci knows that. He also should know better.