Anthony Scaramucci Spots The 'Total Dog Whistle' In Trump's 'Poisoning The Blood' Rant

The former White House communications director explained why his ex-boss "knows exactly what he's doing" with his anti-immigrant remarks.
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Anthony Scaramucci took aim at Donald Trump’s recent “poisoning the blood” remarks, telling CNN on Friday that the former president’s anti-immigrant rant was a “total dog whistle.”

Scaramucci ― who’s been a frequent critic of Trump since his very brief 2017 stint as White House communications director ― weighed in on his ex-boss’ xenophobic comments, which have been condemned for echoing the rhetoric of Adolf Hitler.

“He knows exactly what he’s doing,” Scaramucci said, when CNN’s Abby Phillip asked him why Trump keeps saying a phrase “lifted” from the Nazi leader.

“He puts things out there, sort of with a forked tongue,” Scaramucci said. “He’ll say one thing and say, ‘Oh geez, I didn’t realize that that was from that.’ But he does know that it’s from that.”

Trump has since claimed that he’s “never read” Hitler’s book “Mein Kampf.” On Friday, Trump, the current front-runner for the GOP 2024 presidential nomination, declared that he’s “not a student of Hitler.”

That claim conflicts with a 1990 Vanity Fair story that described Ivana Trump, the former president’s first wife, noting that her then-husband read a book of Hitler’s collected speeches and kept it “in a cabinet by his bed.”

Scaramucci told Phillip that someone wrote the “poisoning the blood” speech for Trump knowing that “Hitler said it.”

“I do believe him that he has not read ‘Mein Kampf,’ OK, because I don’t think this guy has ever read a book,” Scaramucci said. “The joke on the campaign is that he’s written more books than he read.”

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