In the first week of “The Anthony Scaramucci Show,” the new White House communications director displayed numerous ways that he could give Trump and his family multiple headaches if he continues his one-man reality show.
What’s more, he body-checked Trump and his speeches in Ohio on the economy and New York on illegal immigration completely out of the spotlight with his profane interview to the left-wing New Yorker magazine.
But the White House communications director’s problems started days before he went on a rant to the left-wing magazine’s Ryan Lizza.
Last Sunday on CNN’s State of the Union, Scaramucci revealed a confidential conversation he had with Trump and even outed the president as his anonymous source.
“You know, somebody said to me yesterday — I won’t tell you who — that if the Russians actually hacked this situation and spilled out those e-mails, you would have never seen it,” he said.
Then, when pressed, Scaramucci revealed that it was in fact Trump who was his anonymous White House source when he had just said he would not reveal his “source.”
“I talked to him yesterday. He called me from Air Force One. And he basically said to me, ‘Hey, you know, this is—maybe they did it. Maybe they didn’t do it,’” Scaramucci said of Trump.
That exchange should make Trump and his top advisers worried about whether Scaramucci may accidentally spill some of the administration’s most important secrets when legacy media reporters grill him.
Scaramucci then got caught making some comments into a hot mic that the legacy media promptly leaked to left-wing BuzzFeed. That should have been a lesson to Scaramucci to not trust the legacy media, but Scaramucci learned that the hard way three days later when he made profane comments about former White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus and White House Chief Strategist Steve K. Bannon to the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza.
According to the leaked hot-mic audio that BuzzFeed obtained, Scaramucci said CNN was on the “left” but also reportedly argued that he is not “some jerkoff salesman” because he went to Harvard Law School.
“So when you’re thinking I did this shit by accident, know that I did it on purpose, you understand what I am saying?” Scaramucci was caught on the hot mic, explaining to a CNN executive why he called on a CNN reporter during his first press conference.
For Trump’s sake, one hopes that Scaramucci finally learned his lessons about the legacy media’s anti-Trump agenda after his New Yorker rant dominated the news cycle for days.
On two different occasions last Sunday, Scaramucci also was not on the same page as others in Trump’s legal and political circles. Having a unified and coherent message is of the utmost importance, especially concerning potential White House legal matters. Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump were reportedly fed up with former White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer, but Scaramucci’s messaging last week was no better and may have been worse that Spicer’s.