Republicans may need to replace President Donald Trump as their 2020 pick, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Axios on Sunday.
“We are now in the early episodes of ‘Chernobyl’ on HBO, where the reactor is melting down and the apparatchiks are trying to figure out whether to cover it up or start the clean-up process,” Scaramucci said.
“A couple more weeks like this and ‘country over party’ is going to require the Republicans to replace the top of the ticket in 2020.”
Scaramucci stressed that if Trump “doesn’t reform his behavior, it will not just be me, but many others will be considering helping to find a replacement in 2020.”
He emphasized that “Right now, it’s an unspeakable thing, but if he keeps it up, it will no longer be unspeakable. The minute they start speaking of it, it will circulate and be socialized. We can’t afford a full nuclear contamination site post 2020.”
White House press secretary Stephanie Grisham responded to Scaramucci’s comments by saying, “It sounds like his feelings are hurt.”
Scaramucci, who was a Trump supporter and donor during the 2016 campaign and has said he backed him for much of his administration, declared recently that the president’s attacks on Democratic minority congresswomen “divide the country” and has engaged in an exchange of attacks with Trump on Twitter over the weekend.