Anthony Scaramucci, Skybridge Founder & Managing Partner sits down with Senior Reporter Anjalee Khemlani to discuss Former President Donald Trump’s recent appearance in court and what this could mean for his bid for the Presidency in 2024.
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ANJALEE KHEMLANI: You have previously said that, you know, he could drop out of the race. He's gotten anxious. And it seems like right now he's doing the bombastic thing. So tell me what your thoughts are on that.
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: I know I'm a long time. Obviously, I was in the White House for 11 days, but I campaigned with him for over a year. You know, I traveled with him and I kept a diary. So I did 71 campaign stops in 2016. And so I can tell you a lot about that life experience and what he's like as a person. But you tell me he looked terrible yesterday, and I got that wrong someone asked me in the morning, how did you think it was going to handle himself yesterday?
I said, well, he's in court. He's subject to the perjury laws. He's probably going to be controlled. I compared it to the second debate in 2016. I don't know if you guys remember that, but we had the Access Hollywood tape hit on October 7, that was a Friday, the following Wednesday, we flew to Saint Louis for a debate. And he handled himself quite well in that second debate if you remember it or not. But it put him back in the game. I thought he was going to be like that yesterday. He was not like that yesterday. He was slightly unhinged.
ANJALEE KHEMLANI: Attacking the judge, attacking the attorney general.
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: Correct. Now, having said that, despite my disagreements with the President, my differences with him on executive management skills, how he handled the presidency, the insurrection, happy to talk about all of that, I think what's happening to him here in New York is unfair. And I think 76% of the Republicans who have been polled say that this feels politically contrived.
And let me just make two quick points, look at the law that he's being prosecuted on. This is typically a law that protects smaller individuals, smaller businesses from large corporations. And that's not the case here. He is a fairly large entity in his own right, the Trump organization, and they're saying he exaggerated his financial statements. I'm going to ask this rhetorically, what other real estate developers in the city of New York have done that? None of them, and so he's going to be the only one that they're selectively prosecuting?
ANJALEE KHEMLANI: Go ahead.
ANTHONY SCARAMUCCI: There have been a few. But this is a very high profile scalp for them. And so my point is I think this is helping him, weirdly in the polls, because his base feels like this is, to quote him, "a witch hunt." Now, the other two cases, I think he's got serious problems. If you study those cases and you look at what Jack Smith is saying about him, there is a potential situation where it unfolds that he did something with those top secret documents.
Even if he showed them to his friends, that's obviously a felony. But what if he did something more nefarious than that. And again, I'm not accusing him of it, I'm just saying what-if because this is a big problem. You will lose your base. I don't think the MAGA crowd, as much as they love him and he thinks he can shoot people on Fifth Avenue and they'll stay with him, if you're selling secrets of the United States to our adversaries, I think most people are going to have a problem with that. And I think-- I think most independents will have a problem with that.