President Trump’s new White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci has in the past called for stronger gun control laws on Twitter, but those tweets have disappeared in the days since his appointment.
Scaramucci addressed the issue Saturday, saying on Twitter that his views have evolved and he serves the president’s agenda. But, still, both critics and fans have raised questions about his past views contradicting Trump’s current stance on guns.
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
Among the deleted, two addressed gun control. In August 2012, following the deadly Aurora Theater shooting, he tweeted: “We (the USA) has 5% of the world’s population but 50% of the world’s guns. Enough is enough. It is just common sense to apply more controls.” Then, a few months later, following the deadly Sandy Hook school shooting in December 2012, Scaramucci said: “I have always been for stronger gun control laws.”
Vocal advocate and founder of gun control group Moms Demand Action, Shannon Watts, was quick to call out the disappearance of the gun control tweets. In a statement, Watts said: “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.”
— Shannon Watts (@shannonrwatts) July 22, 2017
The National Rifle Association has staunchly defended Trump since he took office in January and has remained one of his closest allies after the campaign. The group endorsed him ahead of the any other Republican candidate in the primaries and later spent more than $30 million in support of his campaign. Trump has advocated the NRA’s “good guy with a gun” theory and supported its policy agendas, like nationalized concealed carry permits.
Yet, NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch expressed concerns over Scaramucci’s past support for stricter gun control laws. She tweeted: “I do find it concerning that Comms Director & Spox has a contrary position on #2A from President Trump. Imagine national reciprocity fight.” But she later deleted the comment and replaced it with “I hope you’ve changed your mind on this.”
I hope you’ve changed your mind on this. https://t.co/0LYBpqLYag
— Dana Loesch (@DLoesch) July 21, 2017
Jennifer Baker, the NRA’s director of public affairs, told The Hill that Loesch was acting on her own and not on behalf of the NRA regarding her comments on Scaramucci. “Dana Loesch was not speaking on behalf of the National Rifle Association when she commented on recent White House personnel decisions,” Baker said.