Anthony Scaramucci Says Donald Trump ‘Cheered the Insurrection’ and Demands His Removal
Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has called for President Donald Trump to be removed from office following a riot by the president’s supporters at the Capitol building on Wednesday.
Scaramucci, who has become an outspoken critic of Trump since leaving the administration in 2017, took to Twitter to blame the president for the incident in which four people died.
“Trump’s terrorists rolled into Capitol w/ guns, mace & zip-tie handcuffs. They planned to take hostages & likely perform executions, ala the Michigan statehouse plot. President Trump incited & cheered the insurrection. He should be immediately removed from office & prosecuted,” Scaramucci wrote on Thursday.
While at least one of the rioters was pictured carrying zip ties, there is currently no evidence that the protesters intended to take hostages or otherwise harm anyone.
“Worried about the next 13 days,” Scaramucci added in a later tweet. “Trump will always go lower; it has to do with his self loathing and the pleasure he takes in causing pain in others. Do not underestimate him. Think the worst but remember you are not capable of thinking like him due to his malevolence.”
Trump’s terrorists rolled into Capitol w/ guns, mace & zip-tie handcuffs. They planned to take hostages & likely perform executions, ala the Michigan statehouse plot. President Trump incited & cheered the insurrection. He should be immediately removed from office & prosecuted. pic.twitter.com/q4Kfgfl2k9
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 7, 2021
Scaramucci’s comments come amid widespread speculation that the cabinet could invoke the 25th Amendment to remove Trump from office just 13 days before President-elect Joe Biden will take the oath of office.
The idea of impeaching Trump a second time has also been floated, though there is unlikely to be enough time or appetite among members of Congress and senators for such a move.
Trump issued a statement on Thursday shortly after a joint session of Congress formally affirmed Biden’s Electoral College win. The president wasn’t able to use his Twitter account at the time, so the statement was shared by White House Deputy Chief of Staff for Communications Dan Scavino.
“Even though I totally disagree with the outcome of the election, and the facts bear me out, nevertheless there will be an orderly transition on January 20th,” the statement said.
“I have always said we would continue our fight to ensure that only legal votes were counted. While this represents the end of the greatest first term in presidential history, it’s only the beginning of our fight to Make America Great Again!”
Scaramucci had offered harsh criticism of Senator Josh Hawley (R-MO) late on Wednesday following Hawley’s decision to object to the presidential election results from Pennsylvania.
“He said: I am @HawleyMO and I am a traitor to the United States,” Scaramucci said. “I am for political expediency and personal power and ambition, nothing more. I am shallow and unpatriotic. Irregardless of all of that, forever I am stained in the annals of history and my name will live in infamy.”