On Friday, Trump Press Secretary Sean Spicer officially resigned following the appointment of Anthony Scaramucci to communications director. While the notion of Spicer’s resignation had been circulating Washington insider circles for months, it was this one appointment that apparently sent Spicer over the edge. According to the New York Times,
“After offering Mr. Scaramucci the job on Friday morning, Mr. Trump asked Mr. Spicer to stay on as press secretary, reporting to Mr. Scaramucci. But Mr. Spicer rejected the offer, expressing his belief that Mr. Scaramucci’s hiring would add to the confusion and uncertainty already engulfing the White House, according to two people with direct knowledge of the exchange.”
However, Spicer’s resignation has overshadowed the appointment of the new communications director. Who exactly is Anthony Scaramucci? He’s exactly who a communications director should be – someone with low integrity, lacking in commitment to moral or political principles, with friendly ties to Wall Street, bankers, and China. He’s everything Donald Trump campaigned against.
In fact, Scaramucci actually campaigned against Donald Trump. Prior to endorsing Trump, he first backed Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker. After Walker suspended his campaign, he jumped ship to former Florida Governor Jeb Bush. Throughout the Republican primary season, he regularly attacked Mr Trump, both online and in TV interviews. He is now openly admitting to deleting negative tweets regarding the President.
Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017
In past interviews and appearances, Scaramucci has referred to Donald Trump as a “hack” and a “bully”. He openly expressed distaste for the way the President (candidate at the time) talked about women, and specifically Megyn Kelly. He was at one time vehemently opposed to the Donald, but has since changed his tune.
This shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone, since it is exactly what happened with one of Trump’s most outspoken surrogates, Kellyanne Conway, who before taking her position with the Trump campaign and administration was working for the Ted Cruz presidential campaign. Prior to Cruz, Conway worked for Mike Pence. It’s a small world, isn’t it?
Yet, jumping ship from one GOP campaign to another isn’t the only thing that should raise eyebrows with regards to Scaramucci. Many remember him asking tough questions to Barack Obama in a CNBC town hall meeting. In the exchange he questioned Obama on when he would “top whacking Wall Street like a piñata.” However, just two years earlier, he was working as a campaign fundraiser for the would-be President.
For those thinking that this is just another hired gun, it should be noted that Scaramucci’s own personal political beliefs are far from conservative. According to multiple reports, it seems the Trump administration has just invited in another die-hard progressive who supports stronger gun control laws, same sex marriage, and voted for both Bill Clinton and Barack Obama.
Yes, it gets worse. Trump’s new communications director, like his Treasury Secretary Steve Mnuchin, is a Goldman Sachs veteran. Prior to getting into the political scene, Scaramucci was a Wall Street financier, working for Goldman Sachs as well as Lehman Brothers, among other global finance companies.