Losing his shit over White House leaks, the Mooch says he’ll fire everyone, calls Priebus “a fucking paranoid schizophrenic,” and fantasizes out loud about Bannon attempting to suck his own cock

I know I said yesterday that we should only be taking about health care, and I meant it. So please don’t read the following unless you’re on hold, waiting for one of your Senators to pick up the phone, OK? And definitely don’t leave a comment if it means taking even a second away from writing to your friends and relatives, imploring them to speak up against Trumpcare, the newest versioning of which, according to the Congressional Budget Office, would raise premiums by 20% the first year, and ultimately take insurance away from 16 million people that presently have it… With all of that said, though, I’m going to post something here about Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci, our newly minted White House Communications Director, and how he’s spent his last 24 hours.

I’ve been wanting to write about Scaramucci since he stood at the podium last week and declared his passionate, undying “love” for Trump, but I restrained myself, thinking my late-night blogging time was better spent trying to figure out what was happening on the health care front… Well, I’ve now gotten to point where I can’t hold back.

Here, if you’ve successfully avoided the media for the past 24 hours, is what happened.

Apparently late last night, after having dinner with Trump, Melania, Sean Hannity and some other questionable Fox News types, Scaramucci got it in his head to call the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and vent about what he saw as an attack against him being waged by White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. It would seem that, earlier that evening, Scaramucci’s financial disclosure form, which people have to submit upon taking jobs such as his, had gone public, and he’d become convinced, perhaps with the help of Trump, that Priebus had leaked the documents to the press… Yes, it would appear as though Scaramucci didn’t know that the document that he filled out, which said “public disclosure” right across the top, was in fact a public document. [As we discovered today, the disclosure form had been requested by Politico through normal, well-established channels, and had nothing whatsoever to do with Priebus.]

Well, Scaramucci, who Sarah Huckabee Sanders described today as being “a passionate guy,” decided to call Lizza and go off an unhinged rant, which included Scaramucci, talking about himself in third person, declaring, “The swamp will not defeat him.” And we know what he said, word for word, because it was taped. What’s more, Scaramucci did not ask that the call be off the record, which seems like the kind of mistake that wouldn’t be made by the White House Director of Communications, right? Well, at any rate, here’s a bit of Lizza’s account, which ran in on the New Yorker site today.

…Now, he wanted to know whom I had been talking to about his dinner with the President…

“Is it an assistant to the President?” he asked. I again told him I couldn’t say. “O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.”

I asked him why it was so important for the dinner to be kept a secret. Surely, I said, it would become public at some point. “I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period,” he said. “They won’t do it.” He was getting more and more worked up, and he eventually convinced himself that Priebus was my source.

“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.” The issue, he said, was that he believed Priebus had been worried about the dinner because he hadn’t been invited. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He channelled Priebus as he spoke: “‘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.’ ” (Priebus did not respond to a request for comment.)

Scaramucci was particularly incensed by a Politico report about his financial-disclosure form, which he viewed as an illegal act of retaliation by Priebus. The reporter said Thursday morning that the document was publicly available and she had obtained it from the Export-Import Bank. Scaramucci didn’t know this at the time, and he insisted to me that Priebus had leaked the document, and that the act was “a felony.”

“I’ve called the F.B.I. and the Department of Justice,” he told me.

“Are you serious?” I asked.

“The swamp will not defeat him,” he said, breaking into 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.”

Scaramucci also told me that, unlike other senior officials, he had no interest in media attention. “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” 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.” (Bannon declined to comment.)

He reiterated that Priebus would resign soon, and he noted that he told Trump that he expected Priebus to launch a campaign against him. “He didn’t get the hint that I was reporting directly to the President,” he said. “And I said to the President here are the four or five things that he will do to me.” His list of allegations included leaking the Hannity dinner and the details from his financial-disclosure form…

OK, so everything we suspected about this administration, which Trump has referred to as a “fine-tuned machine” is true. It’s a fucking madhouse… In fact, Fox News, which rarely says anything even remotely unflattering about the administration, just posted a story quoting an anonymous White House official as saying, “I am honestly getting concerned for my safety in the office tomorrow.”

But let’s get back to the call with Lizza… It ended with Mooch saying that he was going to “start tweeting some shit to make this guy (Priebus) crazy.” And that’s exactly what he did.

It’s been removed since, but Scaramucci tweeted: “In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45“.

Again, it wasn’t a felony, and it wasn’t even Priebus that gave the document in question to the press. But, in Mooch world, he was going to get the White House Chief of Staff thrown in prison for it.

Which bring us to this morning, when Mooch made an unscheduled call to CNN to pick thing up where he’d left off the night before, ranting about how, among other things, these White House leakers, had they lived at another time, would have been put to death… Here’s video of the half hour long segment.

And, now, things are really beginning to escalate, as Bannon’s goons at Breitbart, have started to go after Scaramucci. [Apparently Steve doesn’t much like the idea that he can only “try” to suck his own cock, and not actually perform the act.]

And this, my friends… to bring it back to health care… is why McConnell and Ryan are so anxious to kill Obamacare. They know the ship is sinking, and they know they’re running out of time. So do your best, OK? Make your calls. Stalk your Senators. Make them know that there will be a price to pay if they side with the billionaires over their constituents. And say a prayer for the folks working in the White House. Things could get really ugly tomorrow.

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11 Comments

  1. Anomymous
    Posted July 27, 2017 at 10:31 pm | Permalink

    You left out the best quote.

    “What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers.”

  2. M
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 8:13 am | Permalink

    The Mooch also said that Trump may not sign the Russia sanctions bill when it makes it to his desk.

  3. BrianB
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 8:32 am | Permalink

    It’s like Trump tried to stop all the leaks by inviting the Tasmanian Devil onto his boat. Hire more like this one please, Mr. President, go on and turn the White House into rubble before you go so there is no doubt left in the minds of the electorate that you and your remaining supporters are traitors to this country. Expose every hole in the structure of our democracy that allowed your ascendancy to happen. Give us a clean slate to rebuild our nation and make America great again!

  4. Ken MacGregor
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    A friend of a friend (Tom Smith) said, “I’m sick of feeling like I have to describe my reactions to this administration by pointing to the doll.”

  5. M
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 3:28 pm | Permalink

    It’s like a sitcom where every single character is the whacky next door neighbor.

  6. D. H.
    Posted July 28, 2017 at 10:18 pm | Permalink

    Make fun if you want, but Mooch is still in power and Priebus is outside looking in.

  7. Jean Henry
    Posted July 29, 2017 at 7:02 am | Permalink

    Because he works for a madman, DH.
    Have we gotten to the point where attaining power is some indication of being right or best or even not crazy. This is America. In America those in power don’t control the narrative. That’s what’s making Trump crazy. That’s why he thinks Theresa May can control what the press says about him. In the end the ‘lamestream’ press determines the narrative. Priebus social capital just went up. I expect Scaramucci to last less than 6 mos. He clearly can’t handle the job or the power.

    I expected a lot of crazy stuff from a Trump presidency, but frankly more dangerous crazy stuff. This interpersonal fighting innthe WH and lame power plays is preventing him from accomplishing anything. Which is great. It’s also highly entertaining. Reality TV presidency.

  8. stupid hick
    Posted July 29, 2017 at 8:41 am | Permalink

    This guy seems to be a vulgar, ignorant, lying sack of shit, in other words the perfect communications director for Trump. Represents him perfectly.

  9. wobblie
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 3:04 pm | Permalink

    that didn’t last long

  10. Jean Henry
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 6:14 pm | Permalink

    https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Scaramouche

  11. Eel
    Posted July 31, 2017 at 8:13 pm | Permalink

    But he accomplished so much in those ten days as Com Director.

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