- Anthony Scaramucci, who served as the White House communications director for 11 days in 2017, called President Donald Trump’s decision to speak all four nights of the Republican National Convention “beyond ridiculous” during a Sunday appearance on CNN.
- While a party’s nominee typically speaks on the final night of the convention to formally accept the nomination to the top of the ticket, Trump will speak on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
- President Trump’s family members make up half of the keynote speakers at this week’s convention, which will begin on Monday.
- “He thinks it’s all about him, him all the time,” Scaramucci said. “The classic narcissism is to annihilate everybody around you and then show everybody that you can do it all alone, you can do it by yourself.”
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Anthony Scaramucci, who spent 11 days as the White House communications director before he was removed from the position, said Sunday that President Donald Trump was exhibiting “classic narcissism” by speaking at every night of the Republican National Convention.
As Business Insider previously reported, Trump plans to speak at all four nights of the Republican National Convention, scheduled to begin on Monday. According to The New York Times, he will speak nightly during the 10 p.m. hour of the convention, which will be mostly virtual after the president for months insisted on an in-person event.
“But, knowing his personality, he thinks it’s the right way for him to do it. He thinks it’s all about him, him all the time,” Scaramucci told CNN’s Jake Tapper on Sunday during a broadcast of “State of the Union.” “The classic narcissism is to annihilate everybody around you and then show everybody that you can do it all alone, you can do it by yourself.”
He continued: “It’s all about me and watch me. I’m going to win this without your help. And so I’m sure he was advised by some smart, somewhat courageous people inside the campaign not to do that. That level of saturation is beyond ridiculous.”
—State of the Union (@CNNSotu) August 23, 2020
As Business Insider previously noted, it’s typical for a party’s nominee to speak only on the final night of the convention in a speech to formalize their nomination to the top of their party’s ticket. Former Vice President Joe Biden, for example, delivered a speech from Delaware last Thursday — the final night of his party’s virtual convention.
Last week’s Democratic National Convention featured a broad coalition of speakers, including Democrats like former President Barack Obama, and first lady Michelle Obama, and some Republicans, including former Ohio Gov. John Kasich and former Secretary of State Colin Powell.
Members of the president’s family comprise half of the list of keynote speakers scheduled to address Republicans at the event, as Business Insider previously noted. George W. Bush, the only living Republican former president, is not slated to speak at the convention that will see Trump officially accept the GOP nomination for president. Bush also sat out the 2016 convention.
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