By Shane McGinley
Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director, believes American people reject socialism
US President Donald Trump will win his re-election campaign in 2020 if the rival Democratic party select Senator Elizabeth Warren as its candidate, because “the American people are not ready for socialism”, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci told Arabian Business in an interview.
“If [the Democrats] are stupid enough to give Elizabeth Warren the nomination, and [Trump] somehow survives his health issues and the current debacle that he's facing… he will beat her. The American people are not ready for socialism, they don't want that kind of stuff. Also, just this wealth tax nonsense has never worked anywhere. So, I don't know how she thinks, all of a sudden, it's going to work here,” Scaramucci said.
The 55 year-old New Yorker, who is a financial advisor, was part of Trump’s transition team but was fired from his post as White House communications director in July 2017 after just 11 days, following an expletive-laden interview with the New Yorker magazine.
Warren, a 70 year-old US senator from Massachusetts, is viewed as a liberal and fierce critic of Wall Street. She has focused her campaign on a populist anti-corruption message, promising higher taxes for the wealthy and the breaking up of large technology corporations.
Scaramucci argued that while a female American president was likely in the near future, he said it would be someone more like Margaret Thatcher than Elizabeth Warren and come from the more conservative side of the political spectrum.
“You see, the United States is a patriarchal society and my prediction is that we will eventually have a woman president but I think it be more likely coming from the right. It would be very akin to what happened in Margaret Thatcher became the first woman prime minister [of the UK] but it came from the right. It is going to be very hard for a left leaning woman to win one of these things. But that's just again my opinion,” he said.
Scaramucci argued that for the Democrats to be successful they will need a candidate from the business community, like Michael Bloomberg, who he believed would be a much better fit and could be strong enough to sway voters away from Trump.
“I mean you don't need a big groundswell. You need five percent of the people to move and it's over. So, you know, whether it's Bloomberg, or people like him… I'm not an elected official but I like being involved in the political process. So, I mean, if we can move three to five percent of the voters he'll lose.”
Scaramucci isn’t just voicing soundbites, he is also putting his considerable financial expertise behind raising funds to try and derail Trump’s 2020 re-election chances: “I've raised some money and I’ll make an announcement… The reason why I have waited is I wanted to see what happens with the impeachment process. I came out against him in August, the guy's nuts. If you watched the HBO series Chernobyl this is Trumpnobyl. He’s melting down and some really bad things are going to start to happen and start unfolding.”
Scaramucci will be in the UAE next week for the SALT Abu Dhabi forum. The event will be in collaboration with Abu Dhabi Global Market (ADGM) and will feature speakers including UAE Minister of State Ahmed Ali Al Sayegh, CEO of ADNOC Sultan Ahmed Al Jaber and Group CEO of Mubadala Investment Company, Khaldoon Khalifa Al Mubarak.
Read the full interview with Anthony Scaramucci in Arabian Business on December 8.