An interview with former Donald Trump associate Anthony Scaramucci on where Donald Trump goes now that he lost his re-election bid took a turn on MSNBC on Saturday morning when “The Cross Connection” host Tiffany Cross asked the one-time White House official to justify his early support for the now ex-president.
In the interview, that was marred by raised voices and crosstalk, Cross pointed to early comments made by Scarammucci where he praised Trump by saying, “I love the president and I’m very, very loyal to the president and I love the mission that the president has. He’s genuinely a wonderful human being.”
“So, Anthony, we just saw that. I have not been quiet about the fact that I don’t want to be part of this effort to sanitize people who rocked really hard with Trump and then thought better of it later,” she began. “But because as we just saw you appear to have been radicalized by the MAGA party, I’m curious about what’s your advice on how we deradicalize people who drank the kool-aid, so to speak?”
“Tiffany, first of all, I wasn’t radicalized,” the ex-Trump official parried. “I was a standard garden-variety Republican and many got trapped in the same dilemma I was in. So I was not radicalized.”
“I think you’re making a mistake about the whole sanitization thing,” he continued. “You’ve got 74 million people who voted for Mr. Trump and not all of them are hardcore MAGA people. There are probably 40 million or 50 million people we that we need to create an offramp for so we can unite and heal the country. So if you go into that direction with that high sanctimony or moral righteousness —.”
“I don’t know if it’s high sanctimony or — let me say –,” Cross interrupted, speaking over him.
“You’re going to talk over me, go ahead,” her guest interjected. “I listened to you speak, you’re not going to let me speak, go ahead.”
“No, you’ll have an opportunity to speak. I know you love the camera,” Cross accused.
“It’s okay to get something wrong, it’s not okay to stay wrong,” Scaramucci explained. “Two years ago I said there’s something wrong with the guy and for 24 months I worked very hard in making sure he did not get re-elected. I like the camera almost as much as you like the camera and I went out and did tremendous amounts of media advocacy against him and we built a coalition that defeated him. So I’m not exactly sure where you’re coming from on this? What do you want to do with these people, the 74 million people that voted for Mr. Trump? Would you like to hide them off in the country, ship them off to the Atlantic Ocean? What would you like to do with them, Tiffany?”
“Yeah. I think this is really important that we have very honest conversations about where we are as a country, and, quite frankly, Trump never hid his misogyny, his racism, his xenophobia. So it’s also interesting to me when people try to sanitize folks such as yourself,” she snapped back.
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