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The Complete Saga of Anthony Scaramucci: July 21, 2017-July 31, 2017

The man known as “The Mooch” entered quickly, and somehow left even quicker. His tenure as Communications Director was as long as the lifespan of a carton of milk. This is the complete story.

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Well, that escalated quickly. Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci has been ousted as the White House Communications Director just 10 days after he was appointed to the position, and 15 days before his formal start date. That’s right, he was fired before he formally started the job, while Sean Spicer — who quit the day Scaramucci was hired — is still serving out the rest of his term, meaning he is due to outlast Scaramucci. I swear I’m not making any of this up. A timeline of Scaramucci’s tenure:

July 21: Trump Appoints Scaramucci, Sean Spicer Resigns

It was a Friday. Two Fridays ago, to be exact. And, if you didn’t know, Fridays are the day you dump news you don’t want to see on headlines and chyrons for an entire week. On this particular Friday, New York financier and unapologetic Italian Anthony Scaramucci was appointed by Donald J. Trump to be the White House Communications Director. Press Secretary Sean Spicer immediately resigned.

Hindsight being 20/20, we should’ve known something was up with Scaramucci when even full-time Gaslighter Sean Spicer questioned his fit.

July 22: Scaramucci Deletes Old Tweets

Trump be like: “The Mooch is a high-quality person and I applaud his transparency regarding deletion of his old tweets about me.”

You’re probably asking: “what kind of tweets were they?” They were tweets like this:

(Image via: Deadline)

July 26: Dinner and Disclosure

This wasn’t your average dinner. “The Mooch” dined with Fox News anchor Sean Hannity, Fox executive Bill Shine, and apparently sat next to First Lady Melania Trump. More on the significance of this dinner in a moment.

On this particular day, Day 6 of his 10 day tenure, for those keeping count, he also sent out the following tweet, which was not-so-subtly aimed at then-Chief of Staff Reince Priebus, who Scaramucci believed to be the mother of all White House leakers:

He’s referring to the financial disclosure information acquired by Politico, information that is…public if you’re a government official. Heck, it’s called a “disclosure” for a reason. You would think somebody who went to Harvard Law would know that.

July 27: The Legendary Interview

On this particular morning, Scaramucci called up the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza with a full salvo targeting, once more, Reince Priebus, who Scaramucci believed leaked information about the dinner to Lizza, and included the now-infamous jab at Steve Bannon.

This interview may become the first thing anybody thinks of when someone mentions his name in the future. Some key quotes:

  • “What I want to do is I want to fucking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people.”
  • “I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock … I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the President. I’m here to serve the country.”

He would call-in to CNN later that same day to drop some more quotable quotes.

July 28: John Kelly Replaces Reince Priebus

“The Mooch” quickly got his wish, as Reince Priebus was ousted and Security of Homeland Security and former Marine Corps General John F. Kelly (JFK) was named the new Chief of Staff.

Also that day, Scaramucci’s wife filed for divorce, apparently over Trump.

July 31: Kelly In, Scaramucci Out

And here we are. Scaramucci got the guy he wanted gone fired, and the guy who replaced that guy got rid of Scaramucci. All because somebody leaked information about a dinner that would’ve more than likely become public knowledge, anyways.

(To add insult to injury, on the same day he was fired, Scaramucci was mistakenly listed in the Harvard Law alumni directory as deceased.)

Anthony Scaramucci is the man who wanted to “kill all the leakers” but ultimately lost his job because of an outburst reacting to a leak. Anthony Scaramucci is the Communications Director who was ousted because of how he mishandled communications. I swear I’m not making any of this up.

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