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Trump ‘turning into’ a racist – POLITICO

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Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci | Fabrice Coffrini/AFP via Getty Images

Former White House communications chief stops short of calling the president racist.

Anthony Scaramucci, the former White House communications chief, said that U.S. President Donald Trump could be “turning into” a racist.

Scaramucci told the BBC’s “Today” program on Tuesday that the president’s recent Twitter tirade — in which he told progressive Democratic congresswomen to “go back and help fix the totally broken and crime infested places from which they came” — was “racially charged.”

“He’s blowing very hard on a dog-whistle,” he said, but stopped short of calling his former boss a racist — for now, at least.

“I don’t think the president is a racist,” said Scaramucci, who lasted just 10 days in his White House job, before adding: “But here’s the thing, if you continue to say and act in that manner, then we all have to look at him and say, OK, well, maybe you weren’t a racist, but now you’re turning into one.”

Trump didn’t name his targets in the original tweets, but he was widely presumed to be aiming at four Democratic women of color: representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib and Ayanna Pressley. All except Omar, who came to the U.S. as a child refugee from Somalia, were born in the United States.

The four congresswomen held a press conference Monday in response to the tweets. “Weak minds and leaders challenge loyalty to our country in order to avoid challenging and debating the policy,” said Ocasio-Cortez. “He does not know how to defend his policies so what he does is attack us personally. That is what this is all about.”

The president later doubled down on his position, even as several Republican lawmakers stepped up to criticize him Monday.

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