Backstabbing, bitter rivalries, vulgar tirades, graphic descriptions of revloting sex acts … the new season of Game of Thrones is left in the dust by the daily updates coming out of the White House, and it would all be very entertaining if it weren’t so horrifying.
The Trump administration’s latest affronts to out political system and the bedrock principles of basic human decency come to us courtesy of the Littlefinger of Long Island, new White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci.
It’s an imperfect comparison, as the GoT character is known for his guile and charm, and Scaramucci is, well … not.
Quite the opposite, in fact, the Mooch, as he’s known to many, makes his boss look like a paragon of eloquence and dignity, which is reallyno easy feat.
The investor and former Obama fundraiser (if you’re in power, the Mooch is your pal), Scaramucci was promised a spot in the Trump White House early in the transition process, but was blocked by high-ranking rivals, such as Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Now, Scaramucci is having his revenge.
Already, former press secretary Sean Spicer has resigned as a result of his appointment, and if the Mooch has his way, Priebus and infamous White House Chief Strategist Steve Bannon will be next out the door.
Fortunately for Priebus and Bannon, there’s a good chance that Scaramucci will torpedo his own career before he’s able to oust them.
Demonstrating an astonishing lack of media savvy for someone who’s tasked with serving as the liaison between the press and the president, Scaramucci called New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza on Wednesday and launched an unhinged rant against his foes within the White House:
“Reince is a f—ing paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” Scaramucci told Lizza without ever requesting that his comments remain off the record.
“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,” Scaramucci continued.
It was a shocking breach of protocol, and an amusingly ironic one, given that Scaramucci had called Lizza to gripe about leaks to the press.
And because this guy is clearly angling for the title of Most Batsh-t Member of the Trump Staff, he didn’t stop there.
Launching into an impression of Priebus, Scaramucci remarked:
“Let me leak the f—ing thing and see if I can c—-block these people the way I c—-blocked Scaramucci for six months.”
He then turned his attention to Bannon, complaining that the former Breitbart chief is using his posittion to boost his public profile.
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c—,” Scaramucci said.
“I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f—ing strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”
Astonishingly, Scaramucci isn’t denying the comments, but has vowed not to indulge in any further tirades:
“I made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again,” he tweeted on Thursday.
Check out the full conversation between Lizza and Scaramucci over at The New Yorker.
Like a George R.R. Martin novel, the whole thing is worth a read, but not for the faint of heart.