When President Donald Trump first read former Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci’s profanity-laden interview with The New Yorker, he liked it.
“At first, according to Scaramucci, Trump liked what he had said to Lizza,” Vanity Fair reported Thursday in a new tell-all profile on the Mooch, six months after he was ousted from his 11-day stint at the White House. “He got off on all that macho bravado. He liked that there was both the Harvard Law School Scaramucci and the Long Island Mooch. And he told Scaramucci so. He was laughing about it.”
While Scaramucci’s fall from grace was swift, Scaramucci claimed that at first the President wasn’t fazed by his behavior and even called him to tell him he was “a lucky bastard,” because he was out of the news cycle following former chief of staff Reince Priebus’ firing.
But once Priebus was replaced by John Kelly, the honeymoon was over. Scaramucci said he knew by 7 a.m. ET the Monday after The New Yorker interview that his time in the West Wing was up.
In the new Vanity Fair piece out Thursday, Scaramucci detailed his climb to power, his brief White House tenure and how he’s handled the past six months on the other side.
Here are a few highlights:
Scaramucci learned quickly that Washington, D.C. is more brutal than Wall Street.
“So, when the President turned to me and said he wanted to give me the O.P.L. job, I got a call from Reince: ‘Don’t take the O.P.L. job. You can be the finance director for the R.N.C. Stay at your company.’ Blah, blah, blah. I said, ‘No, no, no. I’m gonna take the O.P.L. job. I want to work with the president.’ How many times in my life am I gonna be able to work in the White House and work for the president of the United States? And Reince’s answer was, ‘Actually, I’m gonna do everything I can [to help you].’ He did say this because he’s a Washingtonian. That’s what they do to you, they say, ‘golly gee’ to your face and they act like Richie Cunningham to your face. They’re Richie Cunningham and they’re Opie from ‘The Andy Griffith Show,’ but they’re the fucking Sith Lord behind your back. They’re hitting you with a lightsaber behind your back.”
Scaramucci never trusted former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon, the Orwellian “creature from the Black Lagoon.”
“I helped Bannon through the three months that he was on the campaign, and we had a good relationship. But Bannon turns on me, because Bannon is ultimately railing against the swamp, but he’s actually a cock of the swamp. He’s the creature from the Black Lagoon, Bannon. He acts more swamp-like than any person that’s ever become a Washingtonian. So for all of his railing on the swamp, he is literally the pig in George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ that stands on his two legs the minute he gets power. He is the creature from the Black Lagoon.”
Read the full Vanity Fair profile here.