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Interviews with short-lived White House communications director Anthony Scaramucci are infamously explosive, in part because Scaramucci seems to not always know when he’s on-the-record. But a new Vanity Fair feature stands out because Scaramucci seems to know he’s speaking on-the-record and continues with his ill-advised, vulgar screeds anyhow.

Scaramucci calls Reince Priebus, the former White House chief of staff, “Rancid Penis.” Then he explains that Priebus is envious, saying, “He’s just very jealous, can’t believe I’m this close to Trump.”

Amid a diatribe about how Preibus conspired to kick him out of President Donald Trump’s orbit, Scaramucci gives an amazing monologue about former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon. He calls Bannon a “cock” and “the creature from the Black Lagoon.” Seriously.

“I helped Bannon through the three months that he was on the campaign, and we had a good relationship. But Bannon turns on me, because Bannon is ultimately railing against the swamp, but he’s actually a cock of the swamp. He’s the creature from the Black Lagoon, Bannon. He acts more swamp-like than any person that’s ever become a Washingtonian. So for all of his railing on the swamp, he is literally the pig in George Orwell’s Animal Farm that stands on his two legs the minute he gets power. He is the creature from the Black Lagoon.”

Scaramucci later brags about refusing to be briefed on issues by communication staff before addressing the press. “I said, ‘Listen, I don’t want a briefing, all that’ll do is confuse me,'” he explains.

Not even two weeks later, his tenure came to an unceremonious close. After White House chief of staff John Kelly informs Scaramucci that he’s being fired, he recalling responding, “Wow. That’s super disappointing.”

Then Scaramucci said he told the staffer designated to escort him off the premises, “If you don’t mind, because I’m so high-profile at this point, I’d like to go out the East Wing exit, over by Treasury. Are you cool with that?”

He closes out the lengthy interview feature by comparing Trump to NBA great Michael Jordan.

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