Anthony Scaramucci burned brightly in his record-breaking tenure as the most short-lived communications director in White House history. He made waves with “colorful language” that may have ultimately led to his fiery descent. Here’s a look at his 11 days in the White House.
July 21 — Enter the ‘Mooch’
Midnight whispers that Wall Street financier Anthony Scaramucci was tapped as the next White House communications director became reality just in time for the afternoon press briefing.
Unlike his predecessors, the 53-year-old Long Island native had orders to report directly to the President. He kicked off his job by blowing a kiss to the camera and calling his boss “a winner.”
His polished suits and smooth-talking candor — a drastic change from Sean Spicer — behind the podium quickly gave birth to a meme comparing him to “That Guy” from the cartoon “Futurama.”
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Before this ill-fated gig, Scaramucci had never held a job in government or communications but was a common sight at Trump Tower after the November election as a member of the transition team. Spicer allegedly quit because of Trump’s pick.
July 22 — So much for transparency
Scaramucci wasted no time deleting tweets at odds with the Trump administration. Internet historians did a deep dive on the flack’s tweets and quickly found social media dispatches supporting gun control, praise for Trump’s Democratic rival Hillary Clinton and strong words for climate change hoaxers dating back to 2012. He defended his move on Twitter and said his past views had evolved.
Twitter spelunkers also found a tweet where Scaramucci misquoted author Mark Twain with the phrase, “Dance like no one is watching. Sing like no one is listening.”
July 23 — His first and only round of Sunday shows
Scaramucci painted a picturesque future for the White House when he hit the political TV circuit that Sunday. He vowed to defend President Trump’s against “nonsensical stuff” and predicted a White House with “positive mojo” — and no leaks.
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Despite the tall order, he then fumbled constructive criticism for Press Secretary Sanders. He complimented her hair and makeup, but not her job performance during the press briefing Friday. He said the White House should keep using the same “hair and makeup person” during the “State of the Union” interview on CNN. He later claimed he was talking about his own looks, which by this point had reached peak meme for a strong likeness to the slick, 80s-era business man in “Futurama.”
July 24 — It would eventually get old
It was a big day for Scaramucci. He boarded Air Force One for the first time to join President Trump for his politically-charged speech at the National Boy Scout Jamboree in West Virginia — instead of witnessing the birth of his second child.
His estranged wife, Diedre Ball, gave birth on Monday. Instead of celebrating the mini-Mooch, he swooned over his job perks with photos of his AF-1 travels, including a side-by-side shot of Scaramucci with his boss.
“It will never get old,” Scaramucci said in one tweet documenting what would be one of only three flights alongside the President. By this time, it’s believed Scaramucci’s wife had filed for divorce.
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July 25 — Bright shades for a dark future
The only thing Scaramucci’s aviators couldn’t reflect was his future.
With a coffee in one hand, and a dramatic hand gesture in the other, he spent Tuesday entertaining gaggles of reporters in the White House driveway. He vowed to “fire everybody” in his office if it would stop White House leaks.
Later that day, Scaramucci darted off with the usual White House suspects for Trump’s campaign-style rally in Youngstown, Ohio. The novelty of flying on Air Force One had not worn off yet and he posed with a proud thumbs up on the plane.
July 26 — The Mooch tweets a fail whale
Just before the day’s end, Scaramucci said he had alerted the FBI and Justice Department to yet another “felony” leak — someone had shared his financial disclosures to Politico.
Scaramucci fell for email prankster posing as Reince Priebus
He penned the tweet by tagging then chief of staff Reince Priebus, suggesting that his White House nemesis was to blame. He deleted the late night tweet after it was revealed the forms — which revealed he has more than $ 50 million in assets — were probably not leaked at all and were released through a public records request.
July 27 — On the record with the Mooch
Quoting the late Penn State football coach Joe Paterno during a CNN interview was the least of Scaramucci’s troubles on Thursday.
He called into another CNN show and said “the fish stinks from the head down,” in reference to Priebus.
Then, the gabby flack lashed out at the Trump team in a now legendary New Yorker interview in an attempt to out an anonymous source. He flipped the lid on White House drama, bashing Priebus as a “paranoid schizophrenic” and suggesting rather lewdly that he was nothing like White House chief strategist Steve Bannon during his profanity-laced rant.
By that evening, Scaramucci pledged to tone down his “colorful language” and reaffirmed his vow to push Trump’s agenda. He then suggested he had no idea his phone call to the New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza was on the record, adding that he “made a mistake in trusting in a reporter. It won’t happen again.”
July 28 — Farewell to Washington
After a rocky Thursday, just eight days into his new job, Scaramucci would board AF-1 one last time as a White House employee during the President’s trip to his native Long Island. He was slinging a large suitcase.
He borrowed a cue from another brash New Yorker, Trump, and dismissed news coverage on his tirade as “not fair.”
At some point during the trip, an email prankster fooled Scaramucci into believing he was former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman.
The outgoing communications director did not board the President’s plane for the journey home from Long Island and it’s unclear where he went. Priebus did, and he was soon fired. It’s believed Scaramucci blamed Priebus for losing out on another White House gig in January.
That night, Scaramucci hinted of the domestic woes to come. His wife had filed for divorce.
July 29 — Family matters
Scaramucci began deleting photos of his estranged wife from his social media after it was revealed Friday that his marriage was falling apart.
A divorce lawyer for Scaramucci defended him as “calm and rational” despite the potty mouthed rant on Thursday but the hits kept coming. Reports surfaced that his estranged wife was nine months pregnant when she filed for divorce.
One of Scaramucci’s final tweets before his termination was dispatched on Saturday. He said, “Family does not need to be drawn into this. Soon we will learn who in the media has class and who doesn’t.”
This tweet would on Sunday inspire an epic clash with the email prankster, this time posing as Priebus.
July 30 — Calm before the storm
All was quiet with Scaramucci. Publically, he gave a shout out to GOP Chairwoman Ronna McDaniel for a “great” phone call and privately, he sparred with faux Priebus in a dramatic email chain.
“I know what you did,” Scaramucci wrote during his Long Island retreat.
He was absent from the Sunday TV news show talks.
July 31 — The Mooch exits
Scaramucci made a brief appearance in the Oval Office and then chaos erupted. The White House announced incoming chief of staff John Kelly wanted a clean slate and that meant ousting Scaramucci from his communications post just before 3 p.m.
Press Secretary Sanders said Trump “certainly felt” that the Mooch’s brash remarks on Thursday were inappropriate.
By evening, not only was Scaramucci dead to the White House and his wife, he was also mistakenly declared deceased by the Harvard Law School in a alumni directory.
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