Team Trump added an anti-gun advocate to its ranks, Friday.
Anthony Scaramucci, the founder of SkyBridge Capital, was appointed to serve as communications director.
The New York financier has made several public comments on social media over the years about his support for tougher gun laws.
In the wake of the mass killing at Sandy Hook elementary school, in 2012, Scaramucci tweeted that he has “always been for strong gun control laws.”
He also implied in another tweet that owning a firearm may give the “illusion of security, but more likely to cause you harm.”
But it doesn’t stop there, he has also tweeted that when it comes to firearms “it is just common sense [to] apply more controls.” And in 2016, he tweeted “killings went down” when “guns were taken from people who put their fellow citizens at risk.”
The addition of Scaramucci, who was also a Fox News contributor, caused some turmoil at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. The decision did not sit well with White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer.
In fact, Spicer resigned as a result of the move, telling the president that bringing Scaramucci on board was a “major mistake,” according to a report by The New York Times.
Spicer didn’t really say what his beef with Scaramucci was, and Scaramucci claimed that there was no friction between the two men.
Replacing Spicer as press secretary will be Sarah Huckabee Sanders. She’ll work with Scaramucci moving forward.
@laurasgoldman I don’t support that legislation, never had, I have always been for strong gun control laws.
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) December 15, 2012
Meanwhile, the change-up was celebrated by pro-gun control organization Moms Demand Action for Gun Sense in America.
“Scaramucci’s comments underscore recent national polling data: Gun violence prevention is not a partisan issue. A vast majority of Americans – including gun owners, NRA members and Republicans – overwhelmingly support common-sense gun laws,” said Shannon Watts, the founder of Moms Demand Action.
“While NRA leaders may have a seat at the table in Trump’s White House, there are millions of Americans standing on the side of gun safety, possibly including the new White House Communications Director.
“It’s time for the entire White House and current administration to join us in speaking out against gun violence and eradicate the gun lobby’s ‘guns everywhere, for anyone’ agenda,” she continued.
Daily liquidity in alts = keeping a gun in home. Illusion of security, but more likely to cause you harm
My post: https://t.co/gIG65Ci7Hr
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 8, 2015
One bad apple doesn’t ruin the entire bunch. But it appears this new guy is one to keep an eye on.
To the chagrin of Shannon Watts and co., Sacramucci deleted his tweets supporting gun control. Here’s what he had to say:
Full transparency: I’m deleting old tweets. Past views evolved & shouldn’t be a distraction. I serve @POTUS agenda & that’s all that matters
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 22, 2017
To which Shannon Watts responded:
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 22, 2017