Scaramucci was too-Trump for Donald Trump

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Many who recently learned about the sudden departure of Anthony Scaramucci as Communications Director have been pondering what happened to cause him to leave so quickly. Some supporter theories are that Scaramucci did what he was hired to do and that was to get rid of Reince Priebus, even if it cost them Sean Spicer’s resignation. There are now talks of Spicer returning since he resigned in retaliation to Scaramucci being hired. Others believe Scaramucci was let go because of reports that the new Chief of Staff, John Kelly, wanted Scaramucci out. Then there are others who believe Scaramucci was too much like Trump and would take the spotlight off of Trump in the media and that Trump doesn’t like to be outshined.
I think it could be a combination of all three, but I always believed John Kelly wouldn’t put up with someone like Scaramucci. However, if he expects to bring any order and hierarchy to the White House, Kelly will have to rein in Donald Trump, something that hasn’t been possible since he ran for President.

US President Donald Trump’s communications director, Anthony Scaramucci, is out after just ten days on the job, the White House said on Monday.

Anthony Scaramucci, the New York financier with no political or communications experience was named White House Communications Director on July 21.

Like Sean Spicer, the White House spokesman who welcomed “The Mooch” by resigning, he marked his first day on the job by so thoroughly debasing himself before the White House press corps that he could never hope to gain even passing respect.

Where Spicer marked the occasion by transparently lying about the size of Trump’s inauguration crowds, the Mooch turned up and declared his love the President in positively North Korean terms.”I love the President and I’m very, very loyal to the President, and I love the mission that the President has,” he told them.

“He is the most competitive person I have ever met,” he went on. “I have seen this guy throw a dead spiral through a tire. I have seen him at Madison Square Garden with a topcoat on, he’s standing in the key, and he’s hitting foul shots and swishing the ball on them. He sinks three-foot putts.”  (Someone in the White House was apparently unmoved by even this sycophancy. The official transcript of that briefing was altered to have Trump sinking 30-foot putts.)

He unofficially assumed his duties on July 25, though his official start date was not to be until August 15. He was sacked on July 31, a fortnight before he began.

Even by the standards of the Trump administration, an organisation in which time warps and telescopes like that of a fever dream, the Scaramucci era was brief to the point of abrupt.

Taking a leaf out of Trump’s own playbook, Scaramucci decided to distract from this catastrophe by creating another. He called the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza and unleashed a tirade so obscene and paranoid, so revealing of ignorance about the standards and norms of Americans governance, that it even stood out in the Trump White House.

Despite the Mooch’s obvious inadequacies for the role, there were those who thought he might survive, even some who applauded his appointment as just the sort of CEO-style cunning that only a man as brilliant as Trump could conceive of.

“For someone who’s never worked in communications, @Scaramucci is a very impressive communicator. Great hire, @realDonaldTrump,” tweeted the ever-loyal Piers Morgan.

To be fair there was as school of thought that the Mooch’s similarities to Trump might save him. He is – was – rich and brash, vulgar and confident. He wears, as Matt Taibi in Rolling Stone  put it last week, the sort of suit the owner of a Lamborghini dealership might favour. He even owns a fancy mid-town Manhattan steakhouse.

Scaramucci’s problem was that in the Trump administration the only person who can get away with behaving like Trump is Trump. If anyone else had been as erratic, noisy and destructive to the machine as the President, he would have been sacked long ago.  As it is, as many Americans today want to see Trump impeached as still support his presidency.

In truth Scaramucci was gone the moment Trump sacked his Chief of Staff Reince Priebus. Trump had hired Scaramucci to stop leaks from the White House and he installed Scaramucci with a direct line of report to the Oval Office to that end. No chief of staff should or could tolerate such a circumvention of his authority, so when Trump replaced Priebus with the retired four-star Marine John Kelly to clean up the mess, Scaramucci had no chance.

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