Scaramucci Says Trump, Mob Boss Comparison From 'Cardinal Comey' Insulted Italian-Americans

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci, aka "The Mooch," suggested that comments from former FBI Director James Comey insulted Italian-Americans.

Appearing on Fox & Friends Monday, Scaramucci took issue with Comey comparing President Donald Trump to Mafia bosses during an interview with ABC News' George Stephanopoulos on Sunday night. 

"I don’t do it lightly," Comey told Stephanopoulos about comparing Trump to mob bosses, a claim that appears in the former FBI director's new book, according to The New York Times. "I—and I'm not trying to, by the way, suggest that President Trump is out breaking legs and—you know, shaking down shopkeepers. But instead, what I'm talking about is that leadership culture constantly comes back to me when I think about my experience with the Trump administration. The—the loyalty oaths, the boss as the dominant center of everything, it's all about how do you serve the boss, what's in the boss's interests."

mooch Anthony Scaramucci, then the White House communications director, speaks on a morning television show from the north lawn of the White House on July 26, 2017, in Washington, D.C. Mark Wilson/Getty Images

Via a clip posted by Mediaite, Scaramucci took issue with those comparisons after host Brian Kilmeade asked, "Are you insulted by that?" 

"Listen, here's the problem for Italian-Americans," Scaramucci said. "I can be insulted by that, but I really can't do anything about it because, for whatever reason, it's still an unprotected class of people where they can say whatever they want about you." 

Scaramucci then brought up his time in the White House, seemingly referencing a joke in July from late-night host Seth Meyers.

"I'm in the White House, they're saying I'm a walking pinkie ring. Imagine if I was another ethnic group, they couldn't say that, right?" Scaramucci said, via the Mediaite clip. "But it just speaks to Comey’s sanctimony and lack of awareness in terms of his language and lack of awareness of who he is as a guy. You know, they call him 'Cardinal Comey' for a reason. He thinks he’s got the answers. He thinks he’s at that papal throne, and he’s the one that’s gonna make these decisions."

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