Anthony Scaramucci’s tenure as Donald Trump’s Communications Director was remarkable solely for its brevity. He lasted just over a week at the White House, rendering himself a laughingstock in the process and securing his place in history as one of the many immoral opportunists to have enabled the worst president America has ever seen.
Despite his undignified exit from the administration, he has largely resisted the urge to badmouth Trump until very recently. Perhaps believing that there is no longer any material benefit to supporting this disastrous president or perhaps simply eager for some fresh media attention, Scaramucci appeared on CNN and stated that he is longer an active supporter of Donald Trump.
“I’m now neutral on the president,” Scaramucci said, displaying the complete lack of moral courage we have come to expect from him.
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He also called Trump “nonsensical,” a description which is accurate but hardly a revelation. This president was just as vile and unstable when Scaramucci worked for him, the only difference now is that Scaramucci no longer sees any advantage in ignoring what a monster Trump is.
The idea of being “neutral” towards someone like this president speaks volumes about Scaramucci. There is no way to be “neutral” towards a racist, child separating, sexual predator like Donald Trump that doesn’t simply amount to tacit support. Anything less than outright opposition to this administration is indefensible.
Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez clearly wasn’t impressed with Scaramucci’s “neutrality.” She retweeted the CNN clip and included a quote from famed anti-Apartheid figure Desmond Tutu: “If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
The simple, elegant phrase perfectly distills the problem with Scaramucci’s behavior. Donald Trump is in the Oval Office and is actively wielding his power against marginalized groups. on a daily basis. There is no way any person with even a semblance of a conscience can be “neutral” towards that fact. Refusing to condemn Trump is functionally indistinguishable from supporting him and history will judge accordingly.
“If you are neutral in situations of injustice, you have chosen the side of the oppressor.”
– Desmond Tutu https://t.co/OdVmiY2uQ5
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) August 12, 2019