Breaking from his former boss and President Donald Trump's most ardent backers, former White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci called on President Trump to end his assault on the media, denouncing the president's label of the media as "enemy of the people."
"I believe I have some standing when I say: The press, Mr. President, is not the enemy of the people," Scaramucci, who himself has been subjected to "fake news," wrote in an opinion column for The Hill.
"In many ways, the press is the savior of the republic and one of the cornerstone ingredients that has led the great American experiment to prosperity and power over its 243 years. The press may be flawed, it may offer bias, it may be self-righteous and sanctimonious and highly critical, but it is serving the exact purpose that the country's Founders wanted.
"The press, and I mean all of it, is the guardian of individual liberty."
Scaramucci admits the "media's image" has been damaged by its own "biases against the president," adding "the media needs a course correction, too," President Donald Trump needs "a little less anger . . . a little more objectivity" to make "the discourse less coarse."
"Mr. President, if you want to win again — and I am certain you do, and likely will — you need to stop calling reporters the enemy," Scaramucci's missive read. "It is a turnoff to moderates and independents and constitutionally-minded Republicans who would like to vote for you."
President Trump "knows better" and "should stop punching down," Scaramucci added.
"President Trump is the leader of the free world and controls the bully pulpit and most of the news cycle, both foreign and domestic," he wrote. "He serves at the top of the longest-standing democratic republic on Earth. He knows better, and he should stop punching down with his ire and, instead, start using his rhetoric the way he did in his State of the Union: to be inclusive, optimistic and aspirational."
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