Anthony Scaramucci went to the same school as my kids.
He was known for his doting family, a block or two from the Main Street School. They made sure he was well-fed and well-dressed and prepared for the day in class.
Their love and attention gave him a disciplined start that led him to a great education and business success.
I don’t know when the Scaramuccis and Defeos came to the United States, and from what part of Italy. Not important. But I do know the prejudice and social barriers that Italians faced – pretty much the same faced by people from Ireland. (I can say that; along with my beloved American passport, I carry an Irish passport, courtesy of my maternal grandmother.)
I have run into Scaramucci a time or two since he made a success of himself – well-spoken, polite, adult. I cannot process that with the profane, preening Trumpite I saw in his raucous 10-day cup of coffee in the White House.
Maybe I am hallucinating, but something in Anthony Scaramucci’s upbringing just may have clicked in over the weekend, when he strongly criticized the current policy of President Trump to separate Latino children from the adults who have run into migration laws.
Yes, yes, I know, the main issue began as stopping illegal migration, a valid goal, but now the world has seen and heard children, ripped from their protectors, crying in cages. And the world has seen the President of the United States as a movie villain, straight out of James Bond.
I watched Trump on Monday, cruelly maintaining that this hurts him as much as it hurts those illegal kids, and I thought to myself, "This guy is enjoying himself immensely." (Somebody I know thinks it is Trump's obsession to destroy anything connected to Barack Obama.)
"It's an atrocious policy," Scaramucci told Alisyn Camerota on CNN. "It's inhumane. It's offensive to the average American."
Apparently still lusting to get back into the White House, Scaramucci blamed Trump “advisors” for steering him wrong about putting crying children into makeshift holding facilities.
Was Scaramucci being political, trying to give Trump an out by blaming those silly little advisors to whom he listens so regularly? Or was he feeling some twinge of vestigial compassion, so out of fashion in this regime, when scoundrels like Jeff Sessions and Sarah Huckabee Sanders quote the Bible to justify separating adults and children?
"The immediate, remedial need is to change this right now," Scaramucci said.
People on Twitter and elsewhere have savaged Scaramucci for getting into this dialogue. Others have praised him. I cannot read into his heart.
I don’t know how often he gets back to Port Washington, where a lot of his family still lives.
(See Laura Vecsey’s chat with Anthony’s mother and uncle in our town.)
I bet Scaramucci gets back often enough to see the number of Central American people who work and pray and socialize and play – and send their children to the wonderful public schools, the same way Scaramucci’s family did with him.
Three of my grand-children have been going to the local high school in recent years. I see some of their classmates – kids with jobs in their mid teens, excellent use of English, some of them heading for college, just like previous waves of newcomers.
Only Anthony Scaramucci knows why he chose to urge the president to change the “policy.” (As did all five living First Ladies.)
I hope he might see it as living up to the way he was raised, by his family and by the community.
Want to cite the Prophet Isaiah and others about this hostage-taking by Trump? Here is a message from the Rev. Dr. Susan Henry-Crowe, general secretary of Church and Society of the United Methodist Church:
6/19/2018 12:16:18 am
6/20/2018 08:55:21 am
It is a wonder to observe major media, cueing each other, collectively decide on a Trump Administration “scandal de jure” under the guise of moral, ethical or simply humanitarian outrage (see ,e.g., what is being peddled today on the NYT web site), at the same time that the same media virtually ignore or badly mischaracterize news of critical disclosures of government corruption (possibly outright treason) taking place by law enforcement appointments of the last Administration, such as came out in the House hearings on the FBI’s Investor General’s report yesterday.
6/20/2018 09:08:50 am
Brian, thanks for you and your sources at Fox reassuring us that the details and photos of young children being taken away from their elders is made up.
6/20/2018 09:42:01 am
Not a single Fox News source, George, did I reference. A Government document, yes. A knowledgeable NYC Police Commissioner, yes, A CNBC Producer, yes. Want more? "Families" are by far NOT the major portion of adults with children coming in illegally. But Fox does cover news that is important and that your old employer does not. Like important details in yesterday's hearings.
6/20/2018 09:18:27 am
6/20/2018 01:05:02 pm
Brian, sorry, you sound just like Tucker Carlson.
6/21/2018 07:11:28 am
George, last night I saw your second consecutive ad hominem attack on me in response to my so far failed attempt to make you aware that you have caringly but unwittingly enrolled in a badly distorted immigration story that effectively defends human trafficking in order to effect yet another unjustified politically motivated attack on the President. The word “unjustified” is correct for lots of reasons, but one that may your get attention is that the criticizing Democrats have long advocated the same immigration policies as our President:
6/21/2018 09:13:28 am
Brian: Not everybody can rush to the border. But NYT and WAPO and MSNBC and other outlets have sent people with brains and hearts there, and the findings are horrifying. Children sent on planes with the government lying that they are a "soccer team?"
6/21/2018 11:39:15 am
I miss the days of my youth when there were numerous news papers and TV news programs available with many points of view available for information. It was common for people of differing views to respectfully disagree. I did not agree much with William Buckley, but I always learned something and occasionally altered my opinion.
6/21/2018 12:48:23 pm
6/21/2018 03:43:24 pm
6/21/2018 02:09:02 pm
Alan, I couldn't agree with you more. Interestingly, for what it's worth, I find more variety of independent news sources through DuckDuckGo than Google or even Bing.
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“I don’t think people understand how Covid affects older Americans,” Mr. Caretti said with frustration. “In 2020, there was this all-in-this-together vibe, and it’s been annihilated. People just need to care about other people, man. That’s my soapbox.”
---Vic Caretti, 47, whose father recently died of Covid at 85.
---From an article by Paula Span, who covers old age for the NYT, which currently has 2646 comments, the majority criticizing the American public – and public officials – for acting as if the pandemic is “over.”
Classic wishful thinking, at a lethal level.