Anthony Scaramucci on "The View" (Youtube/The View)

Anthony Scaramucci: Steve Bannon has white nationalist "tendencies"

On "The View," the former White House communications director complained that Bannon also has a "messianic complex"

Matthew Rozsa
September 22, 2017 5:24PM (UTC)

Anthony Scaramucci, the financier who spent less than two weeks as President Donald Trump's White House communications director before being ingloriously fired, shared some harsh words with "The View "about Steve Bannon, the former White House chief strategist.


The criticisms began after Scaramucci said that Bannon had a "bit of a messianic complex." According to the so-called "Mooch," Bannon at one point took issue with Scaramucci's decision to speak at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, even though he had been sanctioned to do so by the White House communications team.

"Because he's an anti-globalist and he was hitting that economic forum at Breitbart for so many years, that put me in disfavor with him," Scaramucci said.

Sunny Hostin then asked Scaramucci about the accusation that Bannon is a white nationalist.


"I would say that he has those tendencies. If you read Breitbart, there is a lot of that white nationalist economic fervor," Scaramucci said.

He added, "And so to me, my whole thing is, doesn't matter. We're a rainbow. Let's grow the pie. Let's share the pie together."

If Scaramucci's willingness to denounce white nationalism seems surprising, bear in mind that he has always been a comparatively moderate Republican, as evidenced by his Twitter account.


After being appointed as communications director, Scaramucci also deleted a number of old tweets that he may have viewed as potentially problematic for his then-burgeoning career on Team Trump. These included tweets saying:

"We (the USA) has 5% of the world's population but 50% o f the world's guns. Enough is enough. It is just common sense to apply more controls."

"I am not a partisan. For Gay Marriage, against the death penalty, and Pro Choice. I am for social inclusion, fiscal responsibility."

"You can take steps to combat climate change without crippling the economy. The fact many people believe CC is a hoax is disheartening."

None of this is to say that Scaramucci would have been a moderating force within the Trump administration. After all, Scaramucci gushed that Breitbart has "captured the spirit of what is actually going on in this country,” shortly after getting his White House gig. But now that he is out of the White House, he may be one of the few former Trumpers willing to openly declare the uncomfortable truths about that operation.


Matthew Rozsa

Matthew Rozsa is a breaking news writer for Salon. He holds an MA in History from Rutgers University-Newark and is ABD in his PhD program in History at Lehigh University. His work has appeared in Mic, Quartz and MSNBC.

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