Anthony Scaramucci is really taking D.C. by storm… and by “storm” we mean category five hurricane.
The newly-hired White House communications director stirred the pot on Thursday after an explosive and vulgar interview with Ryan Lizza of The New Yorker, during which he took shots at Reince Priebus and Steve Bannon (who both opposed Scaramucci’s hiring last week).
To catch you up, The Mooch is on a crusade to stop “leaks” coming from inside the White House, and he’s willing to take down anyone who gets in his way — including his own colleagues.
After news got out about his dinner at the White House with Donald Trump, Melania Trump, Sean Hannity, and former Fox News executive Bill Shine, Scaramucci called Lizza to find out who leaked the information. He later suggested it was Priebus, who he described as “a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” who has been trying to “cock-block” him for the past six months.
Aside from the fact that our country is ran by frat boys, this is a good time to mention that Scaramucci never told Lizza this interview was off the record. Rookie mistake.
Here are a few highlights from the expletive-filled conversation:
— Scaramucci threatened to “eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over” if Lizza didn’t offer up his source:
“They’ll all be fired by me. I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.”
— The financier said he’s not interested in media attention, unlike other senior officials (who are also very flexible?):
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock. I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
OK, we 100% didn’t need that image in our heads.
— The former corporate exec tried to guilt the journalist into coughing up his source by questioning his patriotism:
“You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
Reminder: this is about a TWEET that Lizza sent about a DINNER.
— Scaramucci suggested he had more info about other White House aides, and that there are “lie detectors” involved, by saying:
“O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago. This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice.”
One thing’s for sure, Mooch’s loyalty to Trump, although probably misguided, remains steadfast:
“What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people.”
Anthony ended the phone call by telling Lizza:
“Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy crazy.”
That’s when he sent out via Twitter in a now-deleted message:
“In light of the leak of my financial info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.”
We’re sure Trump is somewhere (watching Fox & Friends, probably) beaming with pride.
Anyway, you should totally read the full conversation (yes, there’s more) HERE, but let’s get on with the aftermath.
Understandably, Lizza’s report went viral in a matter of minutes. He responded to the outrage by defending his “colorful” language:
I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again.
├óΓé¼ΓÇ¥ Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 28, 2017
Sean Spicer‘s replacement Sarah Huckabee Sanders tried to clear the firestorm that ensued by telling reporters she hopes Scaramucci can reel in the gossip, especially about fellow Trump administration staffers:
“Anthony has put out a statement that has made pretty clear that sometimes he is a passionate guy and he has made pretty clear that sometimes he has let that passion get the better of him. I don’t anticipate he will do it again.”
Adding of his threats to “kill” the entire comms team:
“In terms of people’s safety, I certainly hate that somebody feels that way, but I have worked with an incredible team over the last six months. We have a great group of people. I love coming to work every day. I consider it a privilege. I certainly feel very safe in the building, and happy to be here.”
We certainly can’t be the only ones who think this shit is b-a-n-a-n-a-s, so let us know your thoughts in the comments (below)!
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