President Donald Trump appointed a man who once called him a “hack politician” and the president of the “Queen’s County bullies association” on a Fox Business program as his communications director.
Trump appointed Wall Street veteran Anthony Scarammucci was appointed Trump’s new communications director on Friday. But video from 2015 shows Scaramucci was anything but supportive of then-candidate Trump.
In the video, Scaramucci called Trump’s campaign rhetoric “anti-American” and “very divisive.” He also condemns Trump’s use of derogatory language towards then Fox News personality Megyn Kelly. Scaramucci seemed to be incensed over Trump’s comments regarding private equity investors.
“The politicians don’t want to go at Trump because he’s got a big mouth, and he’s afraid he’s going to light them up on Fox News, and all of these other places. But I’m not a politician. You’re an inherited money dude from Queen’s County. Bring it, Donald,” Scaramucci said in the 2015 video.
Scaramucci initially supported Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker and former Florida Governor Jeb Bush ahead of the Republican primary elections during the 2016 campaign cycle. He did come around to supporting Trump later on in the 2016 campaign, and went as far as writing a supportive op-ed in the Wall Street Journal for Trump.
Scaramucci’s appointment has drawn controversy across the administration, with press secretary Sean Spicer resigning in response to the news, reportedly telling Trump it was a “big mistake.” The position had been vacant since Michael Dubke had resigned from the post in May.
According to the Daily Beast, several officials within the administration are also no fans of Scaramucci, calling him “a joke” and a “Trump hanger-on.” The officials mention that Trump’s appointment signals it is “amateur” hour in the White House. Among those opposed to the move, according to the Daily Beast, were Sarah Huckabee Sanders, Steve Bannon and Reince Priebus.
Scaramucci apologized for his 2015 remarks on Friday, saying that Trump still brings them up.