For the longest time, Anthony Scaramucci (who likes to be called ‘The Mooch’) was a punch line. Although he had supported Demcorats like Barack Obama and later Hillary Clinton, he somehow became a member of the Donald Trump transition team after the 2016 election. He was appointed by Donald Trump on July 21, 2017 as White House Communications Director and was fired just ten days later after he gave an expletive-laden interview where he blasted some members of the Trump administration.
For some time after that he continued to be a Trump supporter but recently the relationship has gone sour big-time. When Scaramucci made some mild criticisms of Trump, the latter of course took extreme umbrage and in his usual manner ridiculed Scaramucci. Scaramucci in turn has upped the ante and said that Trump eventually turns on everybody. Most recently has been saying that he thinks that Trump is mentally incompetent and should be removed from office. He says that he is rounding up former members of the administration who feel the same way to publicly come out and say so.
Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci said on Monday that he’s assembling a team of former Cabinet members to speak out against President Trump in an effort to find a Republican challenger to the president in 2020.
“I’m in the process of putting together a team of people that feel the exact same way that I do. This is not a ‘Never Trump’ situation, this is not just screeching rhetoric. This is, ‘OK, the guy’s unstable, everyone inside knows it, everyone outside knows it, let’s see if we can find a viable alternative,’” Scaramucci said Monday on CNN’s “New Day.”
“Moreover, I’ve got to get some of these former Cabinet officials in unity to speak up about it.”
“I predict in middle or late fall there will be a trove of people that will come together in unity to say this is what’s going on. This is how the person’s acting. This is why there’s nobody inside the White House he’s taking any advice from,” Scaramucci said.
What is surprising is that Scaramucci is correct. Trump is unstable. But is he actually nuts? It is always dangerous to make such diagnoses but in this case it may not be necessary for the argument that he should not be president because it goes without saying that Trump is utterly unfit to be president. The evidence is just overwhelming.
I doubt that anything can be done to remove him from office, though. There is a chance that the House of Representatives may impeach him but the Republican-controlled senate will never convict him. All the other scenarios about removing Trump are just fantasy. We just have to grit our teeth and live with this man until the next election and hope that enough members of the voting public see that he must never be re-elected. For whatever reason, his behavior has been steadily deteriorating and becoming more erratic and incoherent and the chief worry is how much worse it might get in the next 18 months.