The Trump administration has a ton of tricks up its sleeve for dealing with malcontents, but for the most part, they’ve done so with little colorful language and while hedging just this side of what’s inappropriate. That all changed on Wednesday evening, when newly assigned Communications Director, Anthony Scaramucci, took those actions to a whole new level by threatening to “kill” white house leakers in an interview with New Yorker editor Ryan Lizza, all while speaking about himself in the third person.
“What I want to do is I want to f******* kill all the leakers and I want to get the president’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people,” he ranted, peppering his language with colorful expletives.
“The Mooch” also threatened the entire White House communications team and called Steve Bannon a c***sucker. Then (because that wasn’t enough), he went on to rant about Reince Priebus, suggesting he was about to resign (or be fired) and insulting his mental health status. “Reince is a f******g paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac.”
As it seems, Scaramucci believes that Priebus was responsible for leaking his financial disclosure to the public — possibly even to Lizza himself.
“The swamp will not defeat him,” he said (of himself). “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 f*** themselves.”
Scaramucci also believes he has the evidence to root out leakers directly — in the form of “digital fingerprints,”— and he plans to use that information to drain the swamp.
“O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago.This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the f***ing Department of Justice.”
When Lizza inquired about leaked information claiming Scaramucci attended dinner with the POTUS, the Communications Director was quick to fire back.
“Is it an assistant to the President? 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,” he said. “I asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period.” He then admitted, “They won’t do it.”
Scaramucci continued to rant late into the night as Lizza did his best to continue taking notes through the tirade. A very baffled and surprised Lizza seemed incredulous at points, asking Scaramucci, “Are you serious?”
“The Mooch” asserted that he wasn’t “trying to suck his own c***,” continuously threatened to fire all of Trump’s assistants to smoke out leakers, and made promises that he, unlike other politicians, wasn’t trying to “build his brand” on the back of the president.
Instead, “The Mooch” believes he’s fighting for the American people.
Lizza and Scaramucci closed out their telephone interview with “The Mooch” claiming he had to get on Twitter to share posts that would “drive the guy nuts” (speaking of Priebus).
And lo, those Twitter posts came immediately after the call. First, the post tagging Priebus about the release of his documents (which had already been public).
“In light of the leak of my financial disclosure info which is a felony. I will be contacting the @FBI and the @TheJusticeDept #swamp @Reince45”
Scaramucci later deleted the tweet, but not before many people read it and assumed he somehow implicating Priebus himself.
When called out for his language, the Communications Director responded on Twitter with a moderate agreement to tone it down.
“I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump’s agenda. #MAGA.”
By 9:50 PM the next day, “The Mooch” was placing the blame squarely on the shoulders of Lizza rather than taking any responsibility for the fallout. “I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again.”
Current Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders stepped up to defend Scaramucci’s language on Thursday, calling it evidence of his passion for Trump’s agenda.
“We are focused on the agenda, moving forward, and sometimes people in the staff get pretty passionate about that.” Sanders did mention that she hoped they would, “reel some of their language in.”