In a recent interview with CNN, former White House Director of Communications Anthony Scaramucci announced that he’s forming a coalition to replace President Trump as the GOP’s 2020 candidate.
Over the last few weeks, Scaramucci has made comments questioning Trump’s mental capacity, suggesting that he might resign before the 2020 election, and calling for a revival of the “Never Trump” movement in the Republican Party.
Then, during a Monday morning interview with CNN, Scaramucci hinted at his plan to gather a group of Trump’s former cabinet members and begin persuading officials within the GOP to find another candidate—disregarding that fact that nothing like this has been successfully attempted before.
Another additional problem is that, to most people, the name Anthony Scaramucci means absolutely nothing.
Wait…Who Is This Guy Again?
Now, if you don’t actually remember who Anthony Scaramucci is, I can’t say that I blame you. His time in the spotlight was so unbelievably short that, if you blinked, you might’ve missed it.
So, here’s a quick recap:
Anthony “The Mooch” Scaramucci served VERY briefly as the White House director of Communications from July 21 to July 31, 2017, in the short span of time between Sean Spicer and Hope Hicks.
The Mooch held that position for a grand total of 10 days, setting a new record for SHORTEST tenure as Communications Director. The previous record of 11 days was held by Jack Koehler, who had served under Ronald Reagan back in 1987.
That said, despite having only been in office for less than two weeks, Scaramucci managed to create a considerable amount of trouble.
Most notable was his profanity-filled phone interview with a journalist from The New Yorker, in which he made several obscene, highly-critical remarks about other Trump staffers, both past and present. Five days after that interview, at the recommendation of new Chief of Staff John Kelly, President Trump fired Scaramucci, replaced him with a new Coms Director, and business resumed as normal.
All told, the Mooch was little more than a blip on the national radar. His legacy was really more of a laughable statistic than anything else, and most people quickly forgot about him…
That is, until last week…
Return Of The Mooch!
Seemingly out of nowhere, Scaramucci has returned to the spotlight, this time taking an aggressively anti-Trump stance—which has scored him some major points with the mainstream media. Now that he’s openly critical of the president, he’s been welcomed with open arms, and the narrative of “president’s friend becoming his biggest critic” has gained a lot of traction.
President Trump, for his part, isn’t taking this lying down. Following the CNN interview, he took to Twitter, posting the following:
“Anthony Scaramucci is a highly unstable “nut job” who was with other candidates in the primary who got shellacked, & then, unfortunately, wheedled his way into my campaign. I barely knew him until his 11 days of gross incompetence—made a fool of himself, bad on TV. Abused staff, got fired. Wrote a very nice book about me just recently. Now the book is a lie? Said his wife was driving him crazy, “something big” was happening with her. Getting divorced. He was a mental wreck. We didn’t want him around. Now Fake News puts him on like he was my buddy!”
The continuing war of words between the two men has predictably led to a media storm, discussing both the comments themselves and the larger issue of Trump’s 2020 prospects.
However, despite Scaramucci’s proposed team-up with former Trump cabinet members, there hasn’t been any significant progress towards making it happen. Given the unusually high turnover rate within the Trump administration, he’d likely have a sizable number of people to recruit, but whether any of them will actually WANT to join him remains to be seen.
Either way, I’m pretty sure the Mooch is loving all the attention.
Maybe this time it’ll last longer than a week and a half…