Anthony Scaramucci compares Obamacare repeal to ending slavery

The new White House communications director calls a BBC interviewer "elitist" for eating cheeseburgers

Published July 27, 2017 3:21PM (EDT)


On Wednesday afternoon, BBC reporter Emily Maitlin spoke with White House director of communications Anthony Scaramucci to discuss, among other things, cheeseburgers and slavery.

The slavery discussion started when Scaramucci was asked if Trump "feels that he has been ‘front stabbed’ by some of the Senators who voted down the repeal of Obamacare."

"If you read 'Team of Rivals,'" Scaramucci replied, "it took Lincoln three or four times to get what he wanted from the Senate and House of Representatives — which was the full abolition of slavery."

The connection between health care in the 21st century and slavery during the Civil War was a bit unclear. However, what was clear from the interview was that Scaramucci was getting frustrated with Mailtin's questions. That became evident when she was Scaramucci tried to blame "the elites" for "the Russia story."

"What part of Trump is not elite?" Mailtin shot back. "The business side, or the politics side or the inheritence side?"

"How about the cheeseburgers? How about the pizza he eats?" Saramucci explained.

Mailtin was a bit stunned. "Everyone eats cheeseburgers and pizzas. So what are you talking about?”

But in Trump-like fashion, Scaramucci pointed at Maitlin and replied, “No, no, no, you are coming across a little bit elitist.”

Scaramucci explained the incredible duality of the president, “he’s both (elite and not elite). He knows how to operate in an elitist world and he has unbelievable empathy for the common struggle that’s going on with the middle-class people and the lower middle-class people.”

At the conclusion of the interview, Scaramucci made a huge mistake in trying to accurately represent his boss, he told Maitlin, “sorry, I called you an elitist . . . I apologize to your viewers."

Watch the full interview below:


By Michael Glassman

Michael Glassman is on Salon’s Breaking News team. You can find him on Twitter at @warnkemg

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