Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci said during a Monday CNN appearance that the Republican Party is complicit in President Donald Trump’s trampling of constitutional principles in a similar manner to the Vichy Republicans who helped the Nazis during the French occupation.
According to RawStory, Scaramucci said in the future, people will look back on the GOP’s behavior with regard to defending Trump and ask why they would do that.
“I understand the strategy. I understand why they’re doing it. But again, what I’m calling into question is the rationality,” Scaramucci said. “Five years from now, people will look back and say, what were you doing? You had a fever going on related to President Trump. The guy broke the law. He’s a traitor to the Constitution of the United States. You took an oath to the Constitution you’re going to disavow for him? Why are you doing that?”
“What’s at risk right now is the American voter,” he added. “50 percent of them right now say they want him impeached and removed from office. More information comes out, I think Speaker Pelosi is going to be correct about this. As more information comes out, I think it has to go to 60 percent or 65 percent. I would have thought — and this was my surprise because I’ve read the Constitution, took constitutional law — I thought that these guys took an oath to that Constitution. It’s been so sacred and it’s worked so well for so many years for so many people, I would have thought those people who took that oath would have said, you know what, I’m not going to disavow the oath to the Constitution, but now you’ve got a group of — they’re like Vichy Republicans.”
The former White House official — who lasted only ten days in his position — appeared to catch anchor Alisyn Camerota off guard with his comment: “What?” she asked.
“You remember the Vichy Republic?” said Sacaramucci. “When Hitler took over Paris and took over France, there was a Vichy group of French that were helping him administrate the French government.”
“I’m not comparing anybody to Hitler. I’m not suggesting that,” Scaramucci said, after Camerota said he had used “really strong” language. “I’m just suggesting they’re falling in line in a way that is absolutely despicable as it relates to the Constitution.”