Donald Trump Is 'Losing It Mentally' Says Anthony Scaramucci: 'There's No One to Check Him Anymore'

The former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci unloaded on his old boss President Donald Trump in an interview, calling him "worse than racist" and saying that he believes him to be in mental decline.

Scaramucci, a New York City financier, was fired from the White House in 2017 after just 11 days in the job following a profanity-laced attack on colleagues. He has since appeared in the media regularly, often making supportive comments about the president and his policies.

But this past week the two men have traded blows publicly after Scaramucci—also known as The Mooch—criticized the president over his recent visits to Dayton, Ohio, and El Paso, Texas, the sites of two mass shootings. Scaramucci said Trump made the visits all about himself.

"I think the guy is losing it, mentally," Scaramucci told Vanity Fair. "He has declining mental faculties; he's becoming more petulant; he's becoming more impetuous. Okay, you see just by the way he's sweating, his body's not doing well.

"It's obviously not a guy that takes care of himself, right? And he doesn't listen to anybody. And just think about this, okay? There's no one—there's no Jim Mattis; there's no Gary Cohn; there's no one to check him anymore. Whatever my differences were with General John Kelly, after he left, this thing has completely unspooled."

There has long been speculation about the state of Trump's mental health, which supporters of the president regard as both factually inaccurate and inappropriate.

Last year, Bandy Lee, a Yale psychiatrist, told Newsweek that a longtime Trump family friend approached her with concerns about the president's well-being. She also said two officials from the administration did the same.

Lee wrote in a piece for The Conversation that Trump displayed "psychological symptoms reflective of emotional compulsion, impulsivity, poor concentration, narcissism and recklessness."

"My current concern is that we are already witnessing a further unraveling of the president's mental state, especially as the frequency of his lying increases and the fervor of his rallies intensifies," Lee wrote.

"I am concerned that his mental challenges could cause him to take unpredictable and potentially extreme and dangerous measures to distract from his legal problems."

When asked what the turning point was for Scaramucci to see him flip from President Trump's supporter to outspoken critic, he told Vanity Fair his "red line was the racism—full-blown racism."

Though he does not give specifics, it is likely Scaramucci is referring in part to a recent Trump tweet telling four progressive Democratic congresswomen of color, who are U.S. citizens, to "go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came."

"He can say that he's not a racist, and I agree with him, okay?" Scaramucci told the magazine. "And let me explain to you why he's not a racist, 'cause this is very important. He's actually worse than a racist. He is so narcissistic, he doesn't see people as people. He sees them as objects in his field of vision.

"And so, therefore, that's why he has no empathy. That's why he's got his thumb up in the air when he's taking a picture with an orphan. That's why when someone's leaning over the desk and asks [Nobel Prize-winning human rights activist Nadia Murad], 'Well, what happened to your family members?'—they were murdered—he just looks at her and says, 'Okay, when are we getting coffee here?'

"You know, he doesn't look at people—and by the way, if you and I were in his field of vision and he had a cold and the two of us had to die for him to get a Kleenex, you're f***ing dead. I mean, there's no chance. You understand that, right?"

The White House did not respond immediately to Newsweek's request for comment.

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US President Donald Trump speaks during a "Keep America Great" campaign rally at the SNHU Arena in Manchester, New Hampshire, on August 15, 2019. NICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
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