Scaramucci to David Axelrod: Priebus ‘Horrific Guy’ and Bannon ‘Liar, Messianic Figure, Nihilist’
Anthony Scaramucci continues to talk into microphones, this time sitting down for an hour-long interview with David Axelrod, former White House aide to Barack Obama.
This week’s episode of Axelrod’s appropriately named podcast The Axe Files, featured the pair discussing the Rob Porter scandal, his unyielding respect for Chief of Staff John Kelly, among other topics.
Scaramucci’s vitriol, and candor, regarding former Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and former Chief Strategist Steve Bannon continues unabated, with him telling Axelrod that they were both “horrific guys, bad guys.”
He also singled out Bannon for being a “liar, nihilist” and a “messianic figure,” even claiming to have warned President Donald Trump about him on several occasions.
Scaramucci took his former boss to task for that proposed military parade that has been eating up cable news coverage this past week. Guess what? He’s not a fan.
“These guys wanna have a military parade,” he said. “I think that’s a ridiculous thing to do.”
He urged the president to “use the money and give it to the veterans in a different way.”
As for White House aide Hope Hicks allegedly drafting up statements defending Rob Porter, who she was dating at the time, Scaramucci tried to take an even approach.
“I don’t know if it’s appropriate or if its not appropriate,” he said. “But it’s human. That’s what I would say about that.”
He did tell Axelrod, however, that Kelly should have been more upfront and honest with the American people regarding the timeline of the Porter scandal.
“The cover up is always worse that the crime. ‘I would say ‘geeze, you know I knew about it. I was gonna give the guy a pass because he told me it wasn’t true. I apologize to the American people about it and i’d like to keep my job,'” he said.
Scaramucci also told Axelrod that his time at the White House took a toll on him “politically, personally and professionally.”
Listen above, via CNN and Knit.
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