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Anthony Scaramucci says some current White House officials back him in his feud with Trump

Former White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci is continuing to rail against his old boss, again blasting President Trump in a new interview while claiming some inside the White House agree with him.

Scaramucci spoke with CNN's New Day on Monday after suggesting in an interview with Axios that Republicans may need to replace Trump in 2020 while comparing him to the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. On Monday, the former White House communications director, who says he no longer actively supports Trump, said that the president is "giving people a license to hate," that he "incites death threats" with his Twitter attacks, and that there's "something wrong with the guy as a leader," Mediaite reports. He also compared Trump to the Wicked Witch of the West and criticized "the way he's acting as a human being" following "one of the worst weeks of his presidency" when he visited victims of the mass shootings in El Paso, Texas and Dayton, Ohio.

This talk, Scaramucci claims, has the backing of some people currently working for Trump, as he told CNN he received an "overwhelming flood of texts, phone conservations, and support last night," when his interview with Axios about Trump potentially needing to be replaced was published, "from people that are actually inside the White House, up on Capitol Hill, former elected officials, current people in positions of power, current elected officials," a level of support he called "truly staggering."

Scaramucci would not name names, but he assured CNN that "at some point, these people will have the courage to speak up on their own" and that "smart, rational Republicans" will realize that Trump is becoming "more unhinged every single day," with the past week being a "turning point."

Trump hit back against Scaramucci over the weekend, tweeting that he "knows very little about me," while White House Press Secretary Stephanie Grisham told Axios of Scaramucci, "it sounds like his feelings are hurt."