'F**king paranoid schizophrenic': Scaramucci blasts Priebus & Bannon in rant
White House Communications Director Anthony Scaramucci has revealed both his paranoia and rifts within the White House in an expletive-laden tirade to a New Yorker journalist which targeted strategist Steve Bannon and Chief of Staff Reince Priebus.
Scaramucci, who referred to himself in the third person during the rant, accused Priebus of being a “paranoid schizophrenic," and of “c*ck-blocking” him. As for Bannon, Scaramucci claimed the former Breitbart head was “trying to s*ck his own c*ck.”
The new communications chief called New Yorker journalist Ryan Lizza on Wednesday, demanding to know who had made the reporter aware of a private White House dinner on Wednesday.
The guests to that dinner were Scaramucci, President Donald Trump, First Lady Melania, Fox News host Sean Hannity, and former Fox News executive Bill Shine.
Scoop: Trump is dining tonight w/Sean Hannnity, Bill Shine (former Fox News executive), & Anthony Scaramucci, per to 2 knowledgeable sources— Ryan Lizza (@RyanLizza) July 26, 2017
Scaramucci seemed to presume the information, which Lizza tweeted about, came from Priebus.
The pair reportedly have a contentious relationship after Priebus reportedly delayed Scaramucci's obtainment of a role within the administration.
Scaramucci’s recent appointment as communications director reportedly caused tension in the White House, with former press secretary Sean Spicer resigning in protest.
Scaramucci, a former hedge fund manager, became angry when Lizza refused to reveal his source. “The entire place will be fired over the next two weeks,” he said.
Like his boss, Scaramucci is preoccupied with leaks coming from the White House. In the week since becoming communications chief, he has threatened to fire anyone caught sharing information. He told Lizza he wants to “f**king kill all the leakers.”
He also told Lizza that he called the FBI and the Department of Justice after his financial disclosure forms were reported in the media last week, despite the fact that the forms are publicly available upon request.
Scaramucci claimed he “nailed” the leakers, saying he “got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the FBI and the f**king Department of Justice.”
When asked why the dinner was a secret, Scaramucci replied: “I’ve asked people not to leak things for a period of time and give me a honeymoon period."
“They’ll all be fired by me,” he said. “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.”
“Reince is a f**king paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” he said, before doing an impression of Priebus. “‘Oh, Bill Shine is coming in. Let me leak the f**king thing and see if I can c*ck-block these people the way I c*ck-blocked Scaramucci for six months."
‘Priebus can show he’s not the leaker’: #Scaramucci calls out White House chief of staffhttps://t.co/gKnQMzYERF— RT (@RT_com) July 28, 2017
The former Goldman Sachs executive then started to refer to himself in the third person.
“The swamp will not defeat him,” he said. “They’re trying to resist me, but it’s not going to work.” At one point, he referred to himself as “The Mooch."
“I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own c*ck,” he said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the f**king strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”
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Scaramucci attempted to appeal to Lizza’s patriotism, saying: “You’re an American citizen, this is a major catastrophe for the American country. So I’m asking you as an American patriot to give me a sense of who leaked it.”
Scaramucci then said he had to go, to “start tweeting some sh*t to make this guy [Priebus] crazy.”
Moments later, he tweeted that he would contact the FBI and the Justice Department, tagging Priebus in the tweet.
He later deleted the tweet and denied he had been accusing Priebus of anything.
I sometimes use colorful language. I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @realDonaldTrump's agenda. #MAGA— Anthony Scaramucci (@Scaramucci) July 27, 2017