Threatening to fire anyone who leaks and promising that the FBI will get anyone who “cock-blocked” him, Trump’s new Communication Director Anthony Scaramucci’s profanity littered phone call with Ryan Lizza is telling, mostly because he didn’t even know to ask for it to be off the record or on background.
Here are a few highlights from The New Yorker:
“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.’ ”
Saying he’s called the FBI and the DOJ, Scaramucci continued, “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.”
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.”
“What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers…”
He promised that he had digital footprints on White House aides who would soon be prosecuted.
This is the guy representing the President who got the white Christian conservative vote. His language is not unusual for this administration. While most people in politics can curse with the best, they know not to do it in public. They don’t use “cock block” and “suck my cock” in an on the record call.
They certainly would not do that if they were the Communications Director for the White House.
Which is exactly Scaramucci’s job title.
The gist of his crazy is that if anyone crosses him, he’s calling the FBI and the DOJ. But he wouldn’t want anyone to think that the President or he were breaking any rules. You know, like politicizing the FBI and the DOJ to go after people they don’t like.
Obama’s foreign policy adviser Ben Rhodes asked a rather pertinent question:
If WH is making people do lie detector tests, rack up legal bills and generally terrorizing their staff who will work there as people leave?
— Ben Rhodes (@brhodes) July 27, 2017
It’s not bad enough that White House staffers need to lawyer up, now they have to pull knives from their backs and wonder if The Mooch has stuck the FBI and/or DOJ on them.
This is supposed to be how they do business in the mob, not the White House. This thuggery is brought to you by rich white conservatives. Don’t try it at home.
This is what Trump wants from his Communications Director. This is the only guy whose style makes Donald Trump feel like he’s winning; but he’s actually totally losing, which suggests yet again that Trump is not well.
Ms. Jones is the co-founder/ editor-in-chief of PoliticusUSA and a member of the White House press pool.
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