Former White House Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci; President Donald Trump (Getty/Mike Coppola/Chip Somodevilla)

Anthony Scaramucci announces PAC to defeat "Night King" Donald Trump with "the small hands"

"It's going to be 'The Committee to Dismantle Trump,' but I'll come up with a much cleverer thing than that"


Shira Tarlo
August 21, 2019 4:24PM (UTC)

Anthony Scaramucci, the short-lived White House communications director who recently withdrew his support for President Donald Trump, revealed he is forming a political action committee (PAC) to run advertisements against his former boss.

Scaramucci, who was fired in July 2017 after just 11 days on the job, argued in an interview that he can siphon enough support away from the president to deny him a second term in the White House next year.

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"It's going to be 'The Committee to Dismantle Trump,' but I'll come up with a much cleverer thing than that," the financier said of his PAC on the "Hacks on Tap" podcast. "I'm going to throw my own dough in there, ask others to put their dough in there and we're going to explain to people what he's doing."

Scaramucci claimed that he can woo a small but not insignificant portion of Trump's supporters, grabbing "ahold of 5, 6, 8 percent of the people that know he's nuts and possibly move them."

He noted that he has not yet formed the PAC, although he is in the process of doing so.

Scaramucci, previously one of the president's most ardent defenders on cable news, has gone on a sweeping media blitz in recent weeks to draw attention to the president's "increasingly divisive rhetoric," which he claims has damaged the "fabric of our society."

"The Mooch," as he is known, has used a host of metaphors in recent days to discuss his desire to see Trump replaced on the top of the Republican Party's ticket in 2020. He has compared Trump to the Wicked Witch of the West in the classic children's novel "The Wizard of Oz" and the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. He even used baseball to drive his message home, describing Trump as a "very tired pitcher that's now throwing balls over the backstop."

Scaramucci predicted Trump would drop out of the 2020 presidential race by March of next year once he realizes it is "impossible for him to win." He also revealed that he is assembling a coalition of past members of Trump's Cabinet in an effort to replace him as the GOP's presidential nominee in 2020.

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His criticisms were not well-received by Trump, who has taken to Twitter in recent days to describe him as a "nut job" who would "do anything" for a job at the White House.

Until recently, the one-time Trump whisperer had continued to express support for the president, even though he increasingly spoke out against the president's rhetoric on race and other issues on TV and social media.

Those days appear to be long gone. In an op-ed published earlier this week in the Washington Post, Scaramucci called his past support for Trump a "mistake" and vowed to be "part of the solution" to take him down in 2020.

In addition to announcing his PAC on Tuesday, Scaramucci shared a viral image of a painting of Trump by a right-wing artist — except the version Scaramucci posted on social media was doctored to include an image of himself.

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Scaramucci used the image to describe the anti-Trump movement, which he likened to the "Jon Snow and the Stark family" of HBO's hit drama "Game of Thrones." He called Trump the "Night King," albeit one with "small hands."


Shira Tarlo

Contact Shira Tarlo at shira.tarlo@salon.com. Follow @shiratarlo.

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