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Scaramucci asks left to create 'off ramp' for Trump officials, compares it to 'trying to deprogram people from a cult'

The Hill logo The Hill 8/18/2019 Rebecca Klar

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Anthony Scaramucci, who briefly served as President Trump's White House communications director, said the left needs to give Republicans supporting Trump the space they need to break from the president.

"We recognize the president is a clear and present danger for the American society the American culture, there are many people inside the White House and inside the cabinet - I would ask the left, let's create an off ramp for those people because when you're trying to deprogram people from a cult you have to allow them to change their mind, allow them the space to change their mind," Scaramucci said Sunday in a Fox News interview.

The former Trump official has doubled down on his attacks on Trump in recent weeks, after years of supporting and defending Trump's actions and rhetoric.

Anthony Scaramucci wearing a suit and tie in front of a car: Scaramucci asks left to create 'off ramp' for Trump officials, compares it to 'trying to deprogram people from a cult' © Getty Images Scaramucci asks left to create 'off ramp' for Trump officials, compares it to 'trying to deprogram people from a cult' He said criticism of his years of defending Trump over similar actions to that of the president today is "very justifiable."

Scaramucci said he would further explain his recent switch in an op-ed that will be published later this week in the Washington Post.

"Trust me there's a ton of people inside the White House, inside the government, up on Capitol Hill that feel the exact same way," he said.

He also cautioned Republicans not to feel "intimidated" by Trump, likening the president to a bully.

Trump has pushed back on Scaramucci's recent criticism, telling reporters he's called the White House repeatedly.

Scaramucci said that is false and said he has not asked for his job back.

"Look at the White House phone records, I didn't call that many times," he said.

"He's gone off the rails," Scaramucci said.

"He's acting in a way that's completely unstable. It is an issue of leadership and the culture of serving leadership. He is literally - we've gone 42 presidents since George Washington - he's literally the opposite of George Washington."

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