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
It's not just one thing he said or didn't say. It's the entire interview.
Scaramucci's End Game
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
An Eye On Saturday Night Live
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
When you've lost the Ted Cruz wing of the party...
The Kid-Friendly Version
Sadly, audio of the interview hasn't been released, so this will probably never happen.
How Did We Get Here?
Incidentally, Preibus is actually a member of the Delta Chi fraternity.
It's A Freudian Thing
Yup, Bannon did say that about the speaker of the House.
The Royal "Mooch"
"The Mooch showed up a week ago," Scaramucci said of himself while explaining his efforts to clean up shop.
The One Strange Thing
Scaramucci did indeed go to Harvard Law, and he isn't afraid to remind people.
The Mooch Effect
We're Just Getting Started
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."