Anthony Scaramucci Breaks Down Trump's Three-Tiered Endgame
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci shared on Thursday what he thinks Donald Trump's tripartite strategy is in the final days of his presidency.
"The president has three parts to his final right now," Scaramucci, often known as "The Mooch," told CNN's Don Lemon. "Collect money - they still have to pay off debts and they need money for their futures." ... Number two: He wants to see if he can bow down and exercise power in the Republican Party. ... He wants to see if he has any political legs after January 20th. "
"And then," concluded Scaramucci, "the third reason he's paralyzed with fear is because he's got a whole series of investigations ahead of him and has a lot of debts that he owes."
Scaramucci speculated that Trump may not be able to use the money he made during his tenure to pay off this debt, which the New York Times estimated at around $ 421 million in September. An ongoing audit of the Internal Revenue Service could cost the president more than $ 100 million, and Scaramucci said potential legal issues are "a variable [Trump] cannot control."
The former communications director also dismissed Trump's lawsuits and allegations of electoral fraud in various states, claiming they had "no real reputation". Republicans who humored the president and didn't urge him to admit his loss to President-elect Joe Biden had to wake him up. "
"He is only as powerful as his willing accomplices," said Scaramucci. “Because demagogues are like that, they have to have people like [Sen.] Lindsey Graham [R-S.C.] Around who do everything and fool them. ... I was on the plane with him with sycophants around and he grins broadly: "Can you believe this guy is doing this, can you believe this guy is my lap dog?" He actually has contempt for these people. "
Coincidentally, Scaramucci's projections resemble those of actor Edward Norton, who in a viral Twitter thread on Friday compared the president to a poker player who made a wild series of bluffs to ensure a safe outcome.
Scaramucci has condemned Trump many times since he left the Oval Office in 2017 and was labeled a "loser" by the president in August. More recently, following Trump's COVID-19 diagnosis in October, Scaramucci likened Trump to a "middle school lunchtime bully" who had heavily armed members of his administration to do what he wanted them to do despite their personal health threatened.
See Scaramucci's full comments on CNN below:
Anthony Scaramucci calls Trump a "tyrant" and hopes the COVID-19 diagnosis is a "wake-up call"
Edward Norton compares Whiny Trump's actions to a failed poker hand
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