— Bradd Jaffy (@BraddJaffy) July 21, 2017
The big news story engulfing the political world today revolves around the hiring of Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci as White House communication director, leading to the resignation of White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer in protest. Per reports, Spicer told President Donald Trump that he thought bringing on Scaramucci was a “major mistake” when giving the president the reason why he was quitting.
It appears that Trump became sold on Scaramucci due to his strong defenses of the president on TV. Perhaps the real kicker for Trump was the controversy surrounding a quickly retracted CNN story on Scaramucci that led to the resignations of three journalists. Per Politico, the president was impressed that Scaramucci was able to get the network to retract the story in such a short time.
However, while Scaramucci worked on the president’s transition team, has been up for numerous administration roles before landing this current gig, and was an effective attack dog during much of the campaign, he wasn’t always a solid Trump supporter.
In a clip unearthed by MSNBC’s Bradd Jaffy, Scaramucci made an appearance on Fox Business in August 2015 and spent a decent amount of time railing against then-candidate Trump.
Scaramucci, who early in the GOP primary raised money for Jeb Bush and Scott Walker, labeled Trump “another hack politician” while expressing some of the other things he didn’t like about him.
Besides repeatedly calling him a hack, Scaramucci also said that comments Trump had made were “anti-American” and that the only thing he’d be president of was the “Queens County Bullies Association.” While expressing his distaste for the way Trump had spoken about women, Scaramucci personally challenged candidate Trump to “bring it, Donald.”
But that was then and this is now.
Watch the clip above, via Fox Business.
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