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WATCH: Scaramucci Says White House Officials Will Soon Resign In Disgust

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

With the presidential election less than two months away, former Donald Trump ally Anthony Scaramucci — who briefly served as White House Communications director in the Trump administration in 2017 but is now a blistering critic of the president — is predicting that more Trump officials resign and speak out against Trump in the weeks to come. Scaramucci, during a CNN appearance yesterday, said he had "first-hand" knowledge of these resignations.

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The ‘Mooch’ Dumps On Trump In Scorching Vanity Fair Interview

Reprinted with permission from Alternet

While President Donald Trump continues to have many cheerleaders on the right — from Attorney General William Barr to Sen. Lindsey Graham to Fox News’ Sean Hannity — some former champions of Trump have turned into adversaries. One conservative who recently went from Trump defender to Trump foe is former White House Communications Chief Anthony Scaramucci, who doesn’t hesitate to express his disdain for the president in a candid Q&A interview with Vanity Fair’s William D. Cohan.

Asked why he finally turned against the president after being such a vehement defender in the past, Scaramucci told Vanity Fair that he grew fed up with the president’s overwhelming narcissism.

“The red line was the racism — full-blown racism,” Scaramucci asserts. “He can say that he’s not a racist, and I agree with him, OK? And let me explain to you why he’s not a racist, ’cause this is very important. He’s actually worse than a racist. He is so narcissistic, he doesn’t see people as people. He sees them as objects in his field of vision. And so therefore, that’s why he has no empathy.”

Scaramucci goes on to tell Vanity Fair that Trump, at this point, is devoid of self-discipline.

“I think the guy is losing it, mentally,” Scaramucci insists. “He has declining mental faculties. He’s becoming more petulant. He’s becoming more impetuous. OK, you see just by the way he’s sweating, his body’s not doing well. It’s obviously not a guy that takes care of himself, right? And he doesn’t listen to anybody.”

Many Republicans, Scaramucci contends, want to see Trump out of the White House but are afraid to openly criticize him.

“This is an observational objective thing: the guy’s nuts,” Scaramucci tells Vanity Fair. “We’ve gotta defeat him. Everybody in the Republican Party knows it. They don’t want to lose their mantle of power and their mantle of leadership; so, let’s primary the guy. And by the way, let’s find somebody younger, charismatic, understands the issues, can reach into the population and say, ‘Yeah, I got it.’ But come on, this guy is gonna take us off the rails.”

Scaramucci even goes so far as to predict that Trump will drop out of the 2020 presidential race because of his poll numbers.

“He’ll likely drop out by March of 2020,” Scaramucci predicts. “It’s gonna become very clear that it’s impossible for him to win. And is this the kind of guy that’s gonna want to be that humiliated and lose as a sitting president?…. He’s not gonna be able to handle that humiliation.”

Some Trump critics would argue that he is too narcissistic to drop out of the race. Scaramucci, however, believes that because of his narcissism, Trump will drop out rather than risk having to give a concession speech to a Democrat in November 2020.

Although Scaramucci is hoping that Trump will receive a strong GOP primary challenge, he doesn’t think former Massachusetts Gov. Bill Weld is the right one for that job.

“Not that Bill Weld isn’t a great guy, but unfortunately, Bill Weld doesn’t have the panache right at this moment,” Scaramucci asserts. But whatever transpires in the 2020 election, Scaramucci is confident that Trump won’t win a second term.

“We had the Wicked Witch of the West, but he is the Wicked Witch of the West Wing,”  Scaramucci tells Vanity Fair. “We gotta get some water thrown on him. He’ll start melting.”

 

Photo credit: Gage Skidmore

Scaramucci Reappears To Dish Bannon, ‘Rancid Penis,’ Ivanka, And Trump

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.

#EndorseThis: Scaramucci Tells Colbert He Would’ve Fired Bannon

Anthony Scaramucci appeared on the Late Show on Monday, giving host Stephen Colbert the opportunity to grill the departed White House communications director on Oval Office backstabbing. Asked if he thought Chief Strategist Steve Bannon ought to be fired, Scaramucci said, unequivocally, “If it was up to me, he’d be gone.”

And the Bannon hate didn’t end there.

#EndorseThis: Bill Hader Returns To SNL As ‘The Mooch’

Weekend Update, the Saturday Night Live tentpole, returned from hiatus on Thursday for its Summer Edition.

Co-hosts Colin Jost and Michael Che caught up on some of the highest profile political stories from the past two-or-so months — namely, “minor staffing changes” at the White House that saw the premature departures of Reince Priebus, Sean Spicer, and Anthony Scaramucci.

Scaramucci, Jost said, “was like Hanukkah in July, ’cause he was around for about a week and it was a miracle he lasted that long.”

Later, former cast member Bill Hader made a cameo as “The Mooch.”

This Week In Crazy: Trump’s God-Given Mission To Nuke North Korea

Nuclear holy war, Chi-Raqi occupation, and Al Gore’s “big ugly ass.” Welcome to This Week In Crazy, The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Jack Posobiec

Less crazy than dumb, Posobiec — the alt-righter who sued Alamo Drafthouse for its limited all-female screenings of Wonder Woman — tweeted the following in response to President Trump’s escalatory remarks on North Korea:

https://twitter.com/JackPosobiec/status/895048512429330434

This is a classic example of justifying incompetence as three-dimensional chess. If you asked Trump to spell “genius,” he’d start writing the letter j before getting distracted by a push notification.

(Also, there’s no precedent for writing six as “VI” — unless you learned Roman numerals in school that day and wanted to show off. But I don’t care: this tweet’s not going on the fridge.)

4. Jesse Watters

I have a special place in my — what’s the opposite of heart? — for this ‘80s movie villain because he and I went to the same college and, aside from maybe Tucker Carlson, he’s probably the slimiest alum. (Though I reckon he could say the same of me if he wanted.)

Anyway, Watters on Friday called the entire city of Chicago “another swamp that needs to be drained.” His proposed method:

Remember what happened with the surge in Iraq where they went block to block and they invested heavily on boots on the ground, clear/hold [strategy], and they brought in the local population to really turn the tables. And it worked. Now Chicago needs the same thing.

Watters, it seems, gravely misinterpreted the message of Spike Lee’s Chi-Raq:

3. Robert Jeffress

The megachurch pastor from Texas added to his craziness CV — which includes attributing 9/11 to God’s punishment for abortion — by again justifying Trump’s chest-thumping. This time, Jeffress — responding to the president’s aforementioned North Korean tough-talk — said “God has given Trump authority to take out Kim Jong Un.”

So when the nuclear apocalypse hits, thank God.

2. Alex Jones

It’s hard to imagine a TWIC without Jones. The guy’s as prolific as he is imbalanced. On Tuesday, shortly before making fun of Al Gore’s “big ugly ass,” he revealed that he communicates, at least via written memos, with President Trump:

Big ugly asses notwithstanding, there is a difficult-to-describe poetry in Jones’s diatribes. Some exceptional turns of phrase you shouldn’t ever find in normal political discourse: “fill your hand, turd blossoms;” “my fat will just be accelerant in the fight;” and “You love death, that’s why I’m throwing myself against you.”

Small wonder, then, that his rants also work as indie folk songs.

1. Jim Bakker

Speaking of right-wing crazies who have Trump’s ear, this food bucket huckster revealed this week that he and his wife, Lori, met with other prominent evangelists at the White House on July 31.

According to Bakker — who nearly started crying as he recalled it — George O. Wood, leader of the General Council of the Assemblies of God, “spoke words,” bemoaning “unnecessary swearing.”

“This was not a social meeting,” Bakker said, referring to former communications director Anthony Scaramucci’s less-than-coincidental ouster that same day.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5LhMqkvIVE0

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#EndorseThis: Scaramucci’s Steamy ‘President Show’ Farewell

The real Anthony Scaramucci lost his job on Monday, but the President Show iteration — played by Mario Cantone — hung around for three days to deliver his farewell address on Thursday night. And after a thoroughly un-Christian make-out session, the White House reverts, in the words of Anthony Atamanuik’s Trump, “back to complete chaos — just the way I like it.”

This Week In Crazy: Alex Jones Drinks Bone Broth Chocolate Milk

Shadow government ruffians, alt-right “journalists,” and bone broth chocolate milk. Welcome to This Week In Crazy, The National Memo’s weekly update on the loony, bigoted, and hateful behavior of the increasingly unhinged right wing. Starting with number five:

5. Joe Scarborough

I don’t know whether it’s the unscripted nature of Morning Joe or its namesake’s political bipolarity, but Scarborough somehow manages to dig his own rhetorical grave at least once a week. This week — Thursday, to be exact — he tried to perpetuate the thoroughly debunked argument that increased immigration inversely affects the wages of “white working class Americans.”

Per MediaMatters:

Contrary to Scarborough’s claim, study after study has found little evidence that immigration negatively affects American’s wages in the long term, and research shows that immigrants tend to take jobs that Americans don’t want.

It’s unsurprising that Scarborough — who fairly recently denounced his old political party — is mimicking the talking points of President Trump, who in early February called the former Florida congressman “a great guy [who] has a great show.”

By then MSNBC execs were reportedly disconcerted by “Scarborough’s friendship with Trump and his increasingly favorable coverage of the candidate.” Of course, Scarborough and co-host Mika Brzezinski subsequently distanced themselves from their old chum, drawing the Twitter ire of Trump.

But with Scaramucci unemployed, Scarborough parroting the right-wing talking points, and Trump ever changing from moment to moment, are we looking at the next White House communications director?

4. Rick Wiles

Some underpaid soul on the RightWingWatch masthead listened to Wiles’s TruNews radio show on Tuesday and clipped the three-and-a-half minutes in which the Florida pastor theorizes that a gang of shadow government ruffians has been injuring politicians in calling-card fashion for more than a decade.

Wiles and his co-host cited vaguely a 2002 incident in which then-President George W. Bush fainted while eating pretzels and sustained a raspberry on his cheek; another in which then-Vice President Dick Cheney, they said, got a “fat lip”; and a third in which Colin Powell, they struggled to remember, broke his arm or leg.

“All three within two weeks” leading up to the US invasion of Iraq, Wiles stressed.

And the violence appears nonpartisan. Wiles also mentioned that Barack Obama and Harry Reid suffered cosmetic injuries between 2002 and Tuesday.

Now with Sen. John McCain (R-AZ) showing up on Capitol Hill to deliver the decisive vote on repeal-and-replace with a surgical scar above his eye, that makes six whole politicians — at least three of which were quantifiably old — getting hurt over the span of just fifteen years.

This will not stand.

3. Mike Cernovich

Cernovich — of Gorilla Mindset infamy — announced on Monday during one of his daily Periscope diatribes that he’d “pivoted from a pro-Trump guy to more of a journalistic guy” after short-lived communications directory Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci got the boot.

“I don’t want people to think of me as a pro-Trump guy anymore,” he said. “I want people to think of me as a Mindset guy [whatever that means], a journalist, a commentator, a social media personality, a filmmaker, an author.” Cernovich has a lifetime of pivoting to do, however, before anyone credible thinks of him as anything but a joke — even despite his White House press credentials.

2. Corey Lewandowski

Lewandowski — Trump’s formerly embattled campaign manager who pioneered the unfortunate trend of fired staffers becoming mainstream pundits after taking a reportedly six-figure contract with CNN — reared his closely shaven head on Sunday’s Meet the Press.

On the topic of Gen. John Kelly replacing Reince Priebus as Trump’s chief of staff, Lewandowski abruptly veered off topic to suggest the president fire Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) head Richard Cordray, who’s rumored to be running for governor of Ohio.

“Do you have any business interests here?” host Chuck Todd asked. “Do you have a client that wants to see this happen?”

Lewandowski denied any such stake in calling for Cordray’s dismissal.

In a later segment, though, Politico‘s Eliana Johnson blew Lewandowski’s cover.

According to BuzzFeed, Lewandowski “will headline a fundraiser [on August 3] for US Rep. Jim Renacci, a candidate in Ohio’s competitive Republican primary for governor.” His appearance on Meet the Press was apparently an opportunity to sling mud at his buddy’s opponent on national television.

1. Alex Jones

Last Week Tonight host John Oliver returned from hiatus on Sunday with a long-form segment on Alex Jones — the conspiracy theorist who (it can’t be stressed enough) ate too much chili and lost custody of his kids — and his InfoWars-brand snake oil supplements.

Like Cernovich (see number three), Jones is — prolific’s not the right word. His show runs four hours every weekday. So a rebuttal was bound to come. And it did, on Tuesday.

Of all potential gripes, Jones honed in on Oliver — whom he confused with Trevor Noah — for mocking his Caveman True Paleo Formula, which is available on InfoWars.com, because of course you’re interested. Oliver said jokingly of the chocolate drink made partially from “Bone Broth … and other Ancient Supernutrients,” according to the website write-up, “I can confirm to you that it tastes exactly how you imagine a drink would taste that’s made from chocolate and domesticated bird corpses.”

Jones’s defense:

Everybody knows you leave the bones in in chicken broth when you’re sick — every wive’s tale, every culture.

He said he did market research at Whole Foods and GNC a few years ago and found bone broth to be “the hottest thing.” So he asked his “manufacturer” to produce a bone broth that was “three times stronger than anything else anybody makes.”

And we did it with chicken broth, bone broth — it’s got all the trace elements, the minerals. It’s got the co-factors. It’s got the — basically the stem cells in it. And they take it and they put it together, and it’s super strong.

So no “domesticated bird corpses.” I don’t know about you, but I’m convinced.

Who’s hungry?

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