President Trump’s former communications director Anthony Scaramucci appeared Monday on Anderson Cooper 360 to discuss the state of the Republican Party. Scaramucci, a lifelong Republican, claims there is a sizable faction of members of the GOP who are looking to create a new party.
“Listen, 63 percent of the surveyed Republicans say that they want a new party,” said Scarmucci. “I think there's a large group of people in the party that are organizing now and are debating whether or not to have a faction inside the party or to literally spin out and have a fall convention for a new party as a precursor to the congressional midterms and then start slating candidates.”
Scaramucci believes that 10 to 15 percent of current GOP members would be willing to leave in disagreement with what the party has become under the previous administration.
“You can go with radical fringe Trumpism, where these people literally are signaling to you that they want to destroy your democracy,” said Scarmucci. “Or you can try to set up, people that really love the country, that have center-right values can try to set up something new.”
And even though Trump claims those who don’t fully agree with his divisive rhetoric are Republicans in name only, Scaramucci says he couldn’t be more wrong.
“The irony,” said Scaramucci, “is they're really the RINOs. They're Republicans in name only. They're really sort of like TINOs. Trump in name only.”
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