Yesterday, Anthony Scaramucci, Donald Trump's new Communications Director, had a totally unhinged call with New Yorker journalist Ryan Lizza. Scaramucci was recently hired fresh off the departure of Sean Spicer, the Trump surrogate known for his perpetually-irritated demeanor and penchant for telling straight-up lies during press conferences. Forgetting to tell Lizza to keep his comments off-the-record, Scaramucci is already shaping up to be a deeply chaotic addition to Trump's staff.
The interview began with Lizza asking about an upcoming dinner to be held by Trump and The First Lady with guests Sean Hannity and former Fox News executive Bill Shine. The information about the dinner had not yet been released to the public, prompting Scaramucci to begin an intensely suspicious line of inquiry: “Who leaked that to you?" he asked. “What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over."
It all went downhill from there. Here's 6 of the craziest things Scaramucci said during the interview.
1. Reffered to himself in the third person by an absurd nickname
“O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago,” he said while discussing potential leakers, utilizing a ridiculous epithet to discuss his own behavior. “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 f*cking Department of Justice."
2. Attacked Steve Bannon, employed some lewd imagery along the way
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c*ck,” he said, speaking of Trump’s chief strategist. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
Lizza notes that Bannon declined to comment on the remark.
3. Threatened to literally murder potential leakers
“What I want to do is I want to f*cking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people."
4. Also attacked Reince Priebus
“Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said tellingly, reflecting on the Chief of Staff's fears about not being invited to the aforementioned dinner.
"'Let me leak the f*cking thing and see if I can c*ck-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’" Scaramucci added, estimating what Priebus's thoughts must have been.
Lizza also noted that Priebus declined to comment on these remarks as well.
5. Revealed a plan to bait Priebus over Twitter
“Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some sh*t to make this guy crazy," said Scaramucci before tweeting (and then later deleting) the following: “In light of the leak of my financial info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.”
He followed up with this post on social media:
6. Attempted to look strong, ended up sounding crazy
“The swamp will not defeat him,” Scaramucci said, again using the third person. “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.”
In a press conference later that day, Scaramucci would go on to characterize himself as "a straight shooter." Sure!
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