The Mooch, which is something he calls himself.
The Mooch, which is something he calls himself.

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Sometimes, when you are around the age of 20, you drink too much of the alcohol and you call a friend at 2 a.m. and say a bunch of horrendous things you will maybe forever regret, which is possibly now a prerequisite for the job of White House communications director.

Less than a week into his new job, Anthony Scaramucci gave possibly the most bat-shit insane interview of 2017, which is saying quite a lot. Quite. A. Lot.

Here are just a few things Scaramucci told The New Yorker‘s Ryan Lizza, according to a report published on Thursday night:

  • “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock.”

  • “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” referring to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. 

  • “The swamp will not defeat him,” Scaramucci said, referring to himself. 

  • “O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago,” referring to himself as his nickname.

Scaramucci and Priebus have barely been able to play nice during the new comms director’s brief tenure at the White House. The two pretty much hate each other.

Priebus did all he could to keep Scaramucci out of the White House for President Donald Trump’s first six months in office, and Scaramucci wasted little time in threatening to try to stick the FBI on Priebus when Scaramucci finally got the White House job. It’s no secret that tensions are Himalayas-high at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, but this interview is going to make it all banner-in-the-sky public.

Scaramucci called Lizza because he was trying to figure out who had told Lizza about a recent White House dinner, and didn’t ask the journalist for the conversation to be off the record or on background or anything of the sort. When Lizza refused to tell Scaramucci his source, the comms director appears to have quickly lost his mind.

Really, you should read the piece, you should laugh a lot, laugh some more, and then cry on behalf of the respectability of the United States.

Update at 6:27 p.m. ET: Scaramucci tweeted an apology lol

Then more than two hours later he tweeted again. This time it wasn’t an apology at all. Instead he shifted the blame to New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza and said he made a mistake “in trusting in a reporter.” He also said “it won’t happen again.”

Sure, whatever makes him feel better. 

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