Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci says former FBI Director James Comey is doing a disservice to Italian Americans in comparing President Donald Trump to a mob boss.
"Here's the problem for Italian-Americans: I can be insulted by that but I can't do anything about it," the former White House Communications director said Monday on Fox News' "Fox & Friends."
"For whatever reason, it's still an unprotected class of people where they can say whatever they want about you. I'm in the White House, they're saying I'm a walking pinky ring. Imagine if I was another ethnic group, they couldn't say that, right?"
In his new book "A Higher Loyalty" and in an interview with George Stephanopoulos aired Sunday on ABC News' "20/20," Comey said Trump's leadership style was like that of a mob boss.
"The loyalty oaths, the boss as the dominant center of everything — it's all about how do you serve the boss, what's in the boss' interests. It's the family, the family, the family, the family," Comey told Stephanopoulos.
And in his book, Comey writes he had "flashbacks to my earlier career as a prosecutor against the mob."
Scaramucci, whose grandfather emigrated from Italy, said he believes Comey's mafia comparison speaks to his "sanctimony and lack of awareness of his language and lack of awareness."
"They call him 'Cardinal Comey' for a reason," Scaramucci said. "He thinks he's got the answers. He thinks he's at that papal throne and he's the one that's gonna make these decisions."
Scaramucci was appointed White House communications director by Trump last July. But he was fired 10 days later after giving an expletive-laced interview to a reporter for The New Yorker.
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