Some of Anthony Scaramucci’s views have “evolved,” but so far the new White House communications director hasn’t deleted tweets about his support for marriage equality.
Scaramucci, who last week took over communications for the Trump team, deleted a large batch of tweets on Saturday because his “past views evolved.” Since his supportive tweets are still posted, presumably marriage equality isn’t on the list of changing views. It would be hard for Scaramucci to backtrack on LGBT rights, as pointed out by Slate, which catalogued his long record of supporting marriage equality, including donations by his company to the Human Rights Campaign.
Here's how Mark Joseph Stern at Slate reported it:
"In November 2016, he told the BBC that he was 'a gay rights activist' who strongly endorsed marriage equality. Scaramucci’s record backs up this claim. His company, Skybridge Capital, has donated to both the Human Rights Campaign and American Unity PAC, a pro-gay Republican group. In 2016, Scaramucci participated in a roundtable discussion about “advancing workplace equality” with then-Vice President Joe Biden, HRC president Chad Griffin, and international business leaders. 'Equality is not just a good investment, it is the right investment,' Scaramucci declared at the time."
Scaramucci’s support dates back to at least 2012, when he cited being “for Gay Marriage” as evidence he isn’t partisan. In January of that year, Scaramucci was clear: “Republicans should support gay marriage.” He even cheered when he said his mom told him she supports same-sex marriage.
Republicans should support Gay marriage
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 8, 2012
My 74 year old Italian Mom just told me she is for gay marriage. I am very proud of her!
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) January 7, 2012
One more point: I support the Gay Rights Movement and I am an active proponent of equality. https://t.co/IkJ6UXS0J8
— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) November 23, 2016
“I am not a partisan,” he wrote on June 8, 2012. “For Gay Marriage, against the death penalty, and Pro Choice. I am for social inclusion, fiscal responsibility.”
Scaramucci’s deleted tweets reportedly included criticism of candidate Donald Trump (who opposes same-sex marriage). Scaramucci said he announced the deleted tweets in the interest of “full transparency” — which brought criticism from some in the press.
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
Deleting old tweets kind of contradicts the idea of "full transparency". https://t.co/sTcXYysa2O
— Kyle Griffin (@kylegriffin1) July 22, 2017
This is the most ironic invocation of transparency in the Trump world since Don Jr. invoked transparency last week. pic.twitter.com/TAWy4T0He7
— Chris Geidner (@chrisgeidner) July 22, 2017
Before announcing he’d deleted the tweets, Scaramucci gave his first official interview in his new role to Breitbart, which asked about the border wall and general discontent among the middle-class.
Then on Sunday he faced a tough round of questioning during the policy shows, including by CNN’s Jake Tapper. The anchor suggested people watching the tweet deletion “all think, wow, this guy is willing to suppress everything he believes in order to get close to power. What is your answer to that?”
“All I’m doing by deleting the tweets is sending people a message,” Scaramucci said. He complained about Washington and the idea that “If I’m for something and then I’m against something, then all of a sudden I’m a hypocrite.” He insisted that all the talk about his past views is inconsequential. “You know who doesn’t care? The president doesn’t care.”
Watch the clip below:
— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 23, 2017