John Kelly Cut Scaramucci Because He Was Sick Of The White House ‘Game Of Thrones'
Ned Stark's fate. The Red Wedding. The walk of shame. And the New Yorker interview? Apparently for new Chief of Staff John Kelly, Anthony Scaramucci's drama in the form of profanity and wanting to "kill" all the leakers was on par with the theatrics of Game of Thrones.
Kelly recently took over the top job at the White House after Trump named him to replace Reince Priebus as chief of staff. Known as a no-nonsense former Marine general, Kelly was clearly put in the role to get affairs in the West Wing in line. Scaramucci reportedly didn't fit into his vision. The New York Times reported that it was Kelly who requested Scaramucci be let go from his position as White House communications director. Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders put it another way, stating:
Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team.
Scaramucci lasted just 10 days on the job, a few of which included an absolute whirlwind of a news kerfuffle when New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza published a transcript of a phone call he had with Scaramucci, in which the former comms director called Priebus a "f*cking paranoid schizophrenic" and said "I’m not Steve Bannon, I’m not trying to suck my own cock."
That didn't fly with the new chief of staff. According to CBS News White House reporter Jackie Alemany, Kelly wanted "more structure, less of Game of Thrones."
Heck, he's even got a nickname fit for the show. Can't you just picture The Mooch facing off against The Hound or The Mountain? But it wasn't just the profanity and sexual content that put Scaramucci on the same level as Game of Thrones. Scaramucci's interview with the New Yorker pointed toward some violent thoughts as well.
What I want to do is I want to f*cking kill all the leakers and I want to get the President’s agenda on track so we can succeed for the American people.
Wanting to kill everyone who gets in a leader's way in order to get said leader's vision for the realm ... I mean, country, in place? And then getting exiled (and pretty much sent to The Wall) in return? It doesn't get more Game of Thrones than that.