On Saturday, new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci announced that he’s deleting old tweets critical of Donald Trump.
Ironically, Scaramucci claimed that deleting any record of him criticizing Trump was part of an effort to be transparent.
Full transparency: I'm deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn't be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that's all that matters
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017
Over the years, Scaramucci has posted tweets that directly criticize Trump, including one in which he characterizes Trump as as “Odd guy” who has “no judgement,” and another where he praised then-presidential candidate Mitt Romney for his “decision to stay out of the Trump spectacle.”
— Jeffrey Guterman (@JeffreyGuterman) July 21, 2017
Scaramucci also deleted tweets critical of Trump’s policy positions. In one December 2015 offering, Scaramucci subtweeted Trump’s plan to build a massive border wall, saying, “Walls don’t work.”
Scaramucci also posted tweets indicating his personal views on LGBT rights are at odds with the Trump administration, which has revoked protections for transgender students, weakened protections for LGBT workers, and appointed a leading anti-LGBT activist to lead an important civil rights office.
Scaramucci also doesn’t appear to share Trump’s love for the National Rifle Association — an embrace that has empowered the group to push for its most extreme anti-gun control agenda yet.
Scaramucci’s tweets indicate his views on climate are also at odds with Trump, who once infamously characterized global warming as a Chinese hoax and recently pulled the U.S. out of the Paris climate agreement — an accord that is popular, rooted in scientific fact, and nonbinding. Now that he’s working at the White House, Scaramucci deleted evidence that he doesn’t share those views.
Scaramucci also deleted a tweet in which he praised one of Trump’s favorite targets of abuse and scandal-mongering — Hillary Clinton.
Twitter isn’t the only place where Scaramucci criticized Trump. As ThinkProgress detailed on Friday, Scaramucci appeared on the Fox Business Network to talk politics in the summer of 2015 and savagely attacked Trump, calling him “another hack politician,” “anti-American,” and “very, very divisive.”
“I don’t like the way he talks about women, I don’t like the way he talks about our friend Megyn Kelly, and you know what, the politicians don’t want to go at Trump because he’s got a big mouth and because [they’re] afraid he’s going to light them up on Fox News and all these other places,” Scaramucci continued. “But I’m not a politician. Bring it. You’re an inherited money dude from Queens County. Bring it, Donald.”
During his first appearance before the media as a White House employee on Friday, Scaramucci apologized for his comments on Fox Business and said Trump doesn’t let him forget about it.
“He brings it up every 15 seconds, OK? One of the biggest mistakes I made, because I was an inexperienced person in the world of politics. I was supporting another candidate. I should have never said that about him. So Mr. President, if you’re listening, I personally apologize for the 50th time for saying that,” Scaramucci said.
Scaramucci went on to defend one of Trump’s most dangerous lies — his evidence-free claim that three to five million illegal votes cost him the popular vote.
“If the president says it… my guess is that there is probably some level of truth to that,” Scaramucci said.
This isn’t the first time has Trump hired a spokesman who had a history of criticizing him. In June 2016, Trump hired Jason Miller to be his communications director — but not before Miller deleted dozens of harshly anti-Trump tweets from his Twitter account, many of them authored just a few weeks earlier.