Anthony, "The Mooch," Scaramucci--recently appointed White House Communications Director speaking about Donald Trump's quite suddenly, former chief of staff, Reince Priebus.
A couple of things immediately came to mind after, Ryan Lizza, the chief Washington correspondent of The New Yorker reported his little phone chat with Anthony Scaramucci. The first was, where in God's name does Donald Trump find these rabid werewolves? The second; now we know why Sean Spicer quit.
Actually Scaramucci isn't officially the Communications Director yet since the sale of his company, SkyBridge Capital to a Chinese firm hasn't been finalized. Be that as it may he obviously has the boss' blessing and free reign to act even Trumpier than Trump himself.
It isn't like we should be surprised he wants to play the tough guy. The first day he reported to the White House he showed up wearing blue tinted mirror aviator sunglasses which gave him a sort of movie Mafioso/Caribbean strong man look. You know, a cross between a tall Joe Pesci and Powers Boothe's portrayal of Jim Jones in Guyana.
Obviously that's the role Scaramucci wants to play because from the first moment forward he hasn't concerned himself in the least with communicating. Instead, he has focused entirely on ferreting out those who are leaking information to the mainstream media. Well, that and making sure any internal rivals, real, or imagined, end up sleeping with the fishes.
And, as Lizza has testified, he's none too subtle about it.
The new Communications Director went ballistic because Lizza tweeted, Scaramucci, Trump, and the First Lady, were having dinner with Fox News personality Sean Hannity and a former Fox executive named Bill Shine. An unnamed, "senior White House official," was cited as the source of the attendees names.
The Mooch was on the phone almost immediately, demanding, "Who leaked that to you?" When Lizza declined to identify the source, Scaramucci told him, "What I'm going to do is I will eliminate everyone in the coms team and we'll start over."
He continued, "I ask these guys not to leak anything and they can't help themselves. 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."
When this appeal failed, Lizza reports Scaramucci asked him, "Is it an assistant to the President?" When Lizza declined to give him a name, or a hint the third time he said, "OK, I'm going to fire every one of them and then you haven't protected anyone. So the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks."
Then, as Mac Davis once said in a movie, came the weird part. The Mooch spiraled off on a bizarre, yes, paranoid, rant. "They'll all be fired by me," he said. "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. Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac." To emphasize his point Scaramucci dove into an imitation of Priebus, "Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the fucking thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months."
Within moments he started yammering about the publication of his financial disclosure form. Convinced Priebus had given it to the press, he said, "I've called the FBI and the Department of Justice." Going into the third person for an instant he went on to say, "The swamp will not defeat him. They're trying to resist me, but it's not going to work. I've done nothing wrong on my financial disclosures, so they're going to have to go fuck themselves."
The financial disclosure he was talking about hadn't been leaked by Priebus, or anyone else. It is public information accessible by any twelve year old with a computer who knows where to look.
There was more of course, but why go into it all, especially the part about Steve Bannon sitting around sucking his own cock? After all, given what we know about Bannon, The Mooch probably nailed that one on the head, so to speak.
Scaramucci got the job, apparently, because Don Trump was impressed with his dogged defense of the administration on Cable news talk shows. In fact Trump is so enamored with the zeal of the new Communications Director, Scaramucci doesn't report to the White House Chief of Staff, who had been Priebus, which is normal, but directly to El Don.
The rumor flying around MSNBC last night was that The Big Orange Guy was happy with Scaramucci's phone call to Ryan Lizza. It looks to be true since, just moments ago, Priebus' expiration date arrived. Yesterday, some hacks on Fox, after declaring leaks, as opposed to criminal incompetence, might lead to the downfall of the Trump presidency, predicted as much. Geraldo Rivera told Hannity, Reince Priebus is, "gone," and Steve Bannon is, "hanging by a thread."
That's where the discussion ended. There wasn't any speculation one way or other about whether Brother Bannon is, despite his tenuous position, continuing to self fellatiate, or not.
A week, or so ago Mr. Trump told an adoring crowd his administration is, "a well oiled machine." The problem there being so is a stock car roaring around a NASCAR track, but that doesn't stop it from careening headlong into walls and other vehicles at two hundred miles an hour if the driver doesn't know what the fuck he's doing.
Lord in heaven, how does Vladimir Putin keep a straight face these days?