On Thursday, new White House Communications Director Anthony "The Mooch" Scaramucci gave a striking interview, if you want to call it that, with The New Yorker's Ryan Lizza. According to Lizza, Scaramucci pledged to fire "everyone in the [White House] comms team" in an attempt to flush out leakers, referred to White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus as a "f--king paranoid schizophrenic," and accused top a top White House adviser of trying to perform fellatio on himself. Like clockwork, memes and jokes about Scaramucci's interview surfaced on Twitter later that same day.
Scaramucci, a former investment banker, said a lot of things in that interview that you don't normally hear top White House officials saying. He distanced himself from another high-profile White House adviser, telling Lizza, "I’m not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to suck my own c--k." He added that he'd like to "f--king kill all the leakers" in the White House, and cryptically suggested that one or more of those leakers had committed a felony.
"I've gotta start tweeting some s--t to make this guy crazy," Scaramucci said shortly before ending the interview. It was unclear to whom he was referring.
Needless to say, it's not every day that you hear a top government official speak with such, um, candor. The Twitter memes and jokes quickly followed.
Everyone's Initial Reaction
my reaction to every direct quote from scaramucci pic.twitter.com/bHgPvo9ht2— Ziwe (@ziwe) July 27, 2017
It's not just one thing he said or didn't say. It's the entire interview.
Scaramucci's End Game
You realize, Mooch is going to frame that interview and hang it on the wall of his new office, which will be Reince's old office.— Josh Barro (@jbarro) July 27, 2017
Scaramucci and Preibus reportedly don't like each other very much, a report seemingly confirmed in this interview when Scaramucci referred to his colleague as "schizophrenic" and accused him of illegally leaking documents to the press.
A Little Perspective
Mooch interview still not quite as crazy as Senate GOP afraid that its own bill might pass— Allahpundit (@allahpundit) July 27, 2017
An Eye On Saturday Night Live
Scaramucci REALLY trying to get those SNL cold opens.— Jensen Karp (@JensenClan88) July 27, 2017
You should always be careful what you wish for, however.
Why Does He Look So Familiar?
Because you've seen Goodfellas, that's why.
A Fellow Republican Reacts
"This guy's fucking out of his mind," former Cruz communications chief Rick Tyler says of Scaramucci.— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 27, 2017
When you've lost the Ted Cruz wing of the party...
The Kid-Friendly Version
If Scaramucci's quote had a radio edit:— Parker Molloy (@ParkerMolloy) July 27, 2017
"I'm not Steve Bannon, I'm not trying to Trump my own Tower."
Sadly, audio of the interview hasn't been released, so this will probably never happen.
How Did We Get Here?
Scaramucci vs Preibus vs Bannon is what happens when frat bros grow up and get too much power— Clint Smith (@ClintSmithIII) July 27, 2017
Incidentally, Preibus is actually a member of the Delta Chi fraternity.
It's A Freudian Thing
Steve Bannon says Paul Ryan's a limp dick. The Mooch says Bannon sucks his own cock. These Trump guys are obsessed with each other's penises— Palmer Report (@PalmerReport) July 27, 2017
Yup, Bannon did say that about the speaker of the House.
The Royal "Mooch"
"Mooch" is terrible enough, but calling yourself "the Mooch" in the third person is unforgivable.— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 27, 2017
"The Mooch showed up a week ago," Scaramucci said of himself while explaining his efforts to clean up shop.
The One Strange Thing
Are we sure @RyanLizza quotes aren't fake news?— Tim Miller (@Timodc) July 27, 2017
Suspicious that Mooch talked that long w/o mentioning how he went to Harvard Law School
Scaramucci did indeed go to Harvard Law, and he isn't afraid to remind people.
The Mooch Effect
I took the wrong train to a part of Brooklyn I've never been because I was so distracted by Mooch jokes— Justin Miller (@justinjm1) July 28, 2017
We're Just Getting Started
The Mooch doesn't even start his job officially until Monday. So. That's fun.— Miles Kahn (@mileskahn) July 28, 2017
Wait until he's officially a White House employee!
After the interview was published, Scaramucci acknowledged on Twitter that he "sometimes use[s] colorful language."