In an interview-turned-rant with Ryan Lizza of the New Yorker, Anthony Scaramucci blasted Reince Priebus too. “Reince is a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci said. He claimed that Trump will be asking Priebus to resign soon. They’ll all be fired by me,” he said of the White House communications staff. “I fired one guy the other day. I have three to four people I’ll fire tomorrow. I’ll get to the person who leaked that to you. Reince Priebus — if you want to leak something — he’ll be asked to resign very shortly.” Scarmucci was irate that Lizza found out that Scaramucci was planning to have dinner with Trump, Fox News Host Sean Hannity, and former Fox News exec Bill Shine.
Then, mimicking Priebus, Scaramucci complained, “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f—— thing and see if I can cock-block these people the way I cock-blocked Scaramucci for six months.’ ”
The new White House Communications director also went after Steve Bannon during a phone interview with the New Yorker. “I’m not Steve Bannon,” he told Ryan Lizza. “I’m not trying to suck my own cock.”
But he wasn’t done there. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f—ing strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country,” Scaramucci continued.
Bannon has a lot of enemies in the White House, most notably Jared Kushner and Ivanka Trump. Earlier in his still-early presidency, Trump sided with Kushner and Ivanka far more often than Bannon, but that changed around the spring and summer. However, with Scaramucci joining the anti-Bannon side, the presidential pendulum might swing away from Bannon again.
Both Priebus and Bannon declined to comment to the New Yorker.
It’s clear that the drama in the White House will never end. Trump hires someone new who is already attacking other members of the administration, threatening to fire even more, and drove Sean Spicer to resign. Scaramucci’s role seems to be to intentionally cause more hostility in Trump’s inner circle, not fix things.
Scaramucci says he’s a “straight shooter.” That doesn’t mean that he needs to shoot at everyone working around him. Scaramucci is Trump’s new favorite surrogate. He’s basically the Jersey Boy version of Kellyanne Conway, and Trump loves it.