Thanks to the recent addition of Anthony Scaramucci as White House Communications Director, there’s a fresh new batch of sh*t-talking coming out of the White House. This time, the news isn’t coming in the form of leaks (which Scaramucci vowed to crack down on), it’s coming from the culprit’s mouth himself.
In a profanity-laced tirade to The New Yorker this Thursday, Scaramucci lashed out at White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and Chief Strategist Steve Bannon, calling Priebus a “paranoid schizophrenic” and saying that unlike Bannon, “I’m not trying to suck my own c*ck.”
According to The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, an angry Scaramucci called him Wednesday night and complained about a tweet where Lizza said a recent dinner Scaramucci had with Trump, the First Lady, Sean Hannity, and the former Fox News executive Bill Shine at the White House “raised some questions.”
“Who leaked that to you?” Scaramucci angrily asked Lizza. When Lizza told him that he couldn’t divulge his source, Scaramucci lost it.
“What I’m going to do is, I will eliminate everyone in the comms team and we’ll start over,” he threatened. “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.”
In Scaramucci’s view, the fact that word of the dinner had reached a reporter was evidence that his rivals in the West Wing, particularly Reince Priebus, the White House chief of staff, were plotting against him.
Lizza reports that although Scaramucci and Priebus have kept things polite in public, in reality they’ve been feuding for months.
Scaramucci kept pressing Lizza to reveal his source, finally threatening a scorched earth policy when Lizza didn’t budge.
“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.”
Scaramucci then reportedly accused Priebus of being upset that he wasn’t invited to the dinner: “Reince is a f*cking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said before mimicking Priebus’s voice: “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f*cking thing and see if I can c*ck-block these people the way I c*ck-blocked Scaramucci for six months.'”
He then turned his anger towards Bannon.
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c*ck,” he said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f*cking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”
— Yashar Ali (@yashar) July 27, 2017
“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,” he told Lizza.
Towards the end of his rant, Scaramucci said that he had to go because “I’ve gotta start tweeting some sh*t to make [Priebus] crazy.”
In a tweet that now appears to be deleted, he said, “In light of the leak of my financial info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45.”
A few hours later, I appeared on CNN to discuss the overnight drama. As I was talking about Scaramucci, he called into the show himself and referenced our conversation. He changed his story about Priebus. Instead of saying that he was trying to expose Priebus as a leaker, he said that the reason he mentioned Priebus in his deleted tweet was because he wanted to work together with Priebus to discover the leakers.
The piece got quite the buzz on social media, which left most people amazed at the elevated public intensity of the White House’s latest infighting.
So, uh, when Scaramucci finishes his big purge… who exactly do they think is going to be willing to join this administration?
— Julian Sanchez (@normative) July 27, 2017
Here’s how the Scaramucci/Bannon/Priebus battle ends. pic.twitter.com/TpwKQZ3uxS
— Jay Caruso (@JayCaruso) July 27, 2017
If one of my clients publicly spoke like @Scaramucci did they would've been fired so fast it would've made their head spin.
— Bradley P. Moss, Esq (@BradMossEsq) July 27, 2017
— Ronald Klain (@RonaldKlain) July 27, 2017
"This guy's fucking out of his mind," former Cruz communications chief Rick Tyler says of Scaramucci.
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 27, 2017
Feuds in the White House are nothing new, but it looks like Scaramucci just took things to a new level.
Read Lizza’s full piece in The New Yorker here.
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