Anthony Scaramucci Calls on Americans to Leave Donald Trump's 'Cult'

Former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has called on Americans to leave President Donald Trump's "cult," acknowledging he should not have supported the administration in the past.

The president's former aide—who famously only managed six days in the role, securing him an unenviable White House record—has become one Trump's most vocal critics since leaving the administration in July 2017.

Scaramucci's apparent conversion to the anti-Trump cause has been met with skepticism by some observers, but Scaramucci said Tuesday he had truly abandoned the "MAGA" movement, and called on other citizens to do the same.

"The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is now," Scaramucci wrote on Twitter, citing a well-known Chinese proverb.

"I, along with many of my fellow Americans, made a mistake in not abandoning @realDonaldTrump sooner," he added. "But today is the next best day to leave the cult. Let's fix this together."

In a later tweet, Scaramucci declared, "TOTAL REPUDIATION OF @REALDONALDTRUMP!!"

As recently as July, Scaramucci was predicting a landslide victory for the president in the 2020 race.

But Trump's attacks on Democratic women of color and his response to the mass shooting in El Paso appear to have flipped Scaramucci's opinion, turning the financier into a vehement anti-Trumper.

Scaramucci's criticism of Trump after El Paso rankled the president, prompting characteristically belligerent and sustained Twitter attacks.

Trump noted in August that Scaramucci was "quickly terminated" from his post and was "totally incapable of handling" the role. The president added his former staffer "now seems to do nothing but television as the all time expert on 'President Trump.'"

"Like many other so-called television experts, he knows very little about me," Trump added. "Anthony, who would do anything to come back in, should remember the only reason he is on TV, and it's not for being the Mooch!"

In response, Scaramucci said that despite three years of supporting Trump, the president's recent comments were divisive "in a way that is unacceptable."

He noted that his partial support means "I didn't pass the 100% litmus test," though warned, "Eventually he turns on everyone and soon it will be you and then the entire country."

In an opinion piece for The Washington Post, Scaramucci said his conversion was not a "road to Damascus" moment, but rather the culmination of concerns that had been building for a long time.

"I'm not seeking absolution. I just want to be part of the solution," he claimed. "The negatives of Trump's demagoguery now clearly outweigh the positives of his leadership, and it is imperative that Americans unite to prevent him from serving another four years in office."

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Anthony Scaramucci is pictured attending The Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People In Media 2018 event at The Pool on April 12, 2018 in New York City. Ben Gabbe/Getty Images/Getty
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