Former Trump White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci predicted that Donald Trump will eventually drop out of the 2024 presidential race following his indictment last week in the classified documents probe.
Scaramucci made the prediction during an interview on Chris Cuomo’s NewsNation show on Monday and also said the former president is “stressed” out by the indictment, according to Newsweek.
“I know President Trump’s personality reasonably well. Remember, it wasn’t just 11 days for me; it was 71 campaign stops and a full year’s worth of work. He does not like this. He is stressed about it. And I am going to say something contrarian on your show: I think he ends up eventually dropping out of the race,” he said.
“I think he ends up coming up with some type of Spiro Agnew-like plea where he’s out, doesn’t go to jail. Something happens to him, but not too significant. And I don’t think he makes it to the Iowa caucus. So that’s a contrarian view,” he added.
Agnew resigned as vice-president in 1973 following a corruption investigation in Maryland. He pleaded no contest to a charge of tax evasion in exchange for the dropping of charges of political corruption. He was ordered to pay a fine, sentenced to three years probation and was disbarred. He got no jail time.
At least one of Trump’s opponents in the GOP primary, former Arkansas governor Asa Hutchinson, has called on him to drop out of the race after the 37 count indictment was unsealed last week.
However, Trump said he does not plan to leave the race even if convicted. A majority of GOP primary voters agree he should still serve as president even if convicted.
“I’ll never leave. If I would have left, I would have left prior to the original race in 2016. That was a rough one. In theory that was not doable,” he told Politico.
Despite his legal troubles Trump remains the clear front runner for the GOP presidential nomination with a 30-point lead over his nearest rival, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis.