Friday, July 28, 2017

The Wheels Are Coming Off The Never Very Well-Oiled Machine


Putin may not get the sanctions lifted but if one of his goals in using Russian internet capacity to put Trump in the White House was to wreck American democracy... everything is moving along just fine. Trump's management style is beyond belief-- but, alas, undeniable. I wonder why people hang onto their jobs in the Regime. It isn't going to end well for most of them.

The Mooch has only been in his job as Trumpanzee Communications Director for a matter of hours and it sounds like he's in the midst of a nervous breakdown... or something far worse. The NY Times' Peter Baker reported late yesterday that "The internal rivalries of the White House spilled out into stark public view on Thursday as President Trump’s new communications director publicly attacked the chief of staff, calling him a 'paranoid schizophrenic' leaker and vowing to get him fired."
Anthony Scaramucci, who was installed as White House communications director last week over the objections of the chief of staff, Reince Priebus, in the morning called into CNN to say that the two men were at odds and to dare Mr. Priebus to deny being a leaker. By the evening, The New Yorker had posted an interview quoting Mr. Scaramucci using vulgar language to describe Mr. Priebus.

“Reince Priebus-- if you want to leak something-- he’ll be asked to resign very shortly,” Mr. Scaramucci told the New Yorker’s Ryan Lizza in an angry, profanity-laced telephone call on Wednesday night. Mr. Scaramucci suggested that he believed that Mr. Priebus was leaking information to damage him. “Reince is a fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac,” he said.

In the same telephone call, Mr. Scaramucci disparaged Stephen K. Bannon, the president’s chief strategist, who also warned against hiring him as communications director. “I’m not Steve Bannon. I’m not trying to suck my own cock,” he said. “I’m not trying to build my own brand off the fucking strength of the president. I’m here to serve the country.”

Mr. Scaramucci later released a statement but did not apologize. “I sometimes use colorful language,” he said on Twitter. “I will refrain in this arena but not give up the passionate fight for @RealDonaldTrump’s agenda.”

Sarah Huckabee Sanders, the new White House press secretary, said she had nothing to add to the statement. Mr. Priebus and Mr. Bannon had no immediate comment.

The phone call underscored the depth of divisions within the West Wing, which have only widened with Mr. Scaramucci’s arrival. Not only did Mr. Priebus and Mr. Bannon oppose his appointment, but Sean Spicer resigned as press secretary in protest.

Mr. Scaramucci was angry about what he saw as leaks targeting him. Mr. Lizza had posted a message on Twitter on Wednesday night reporting that Mr. Trump and Mr. Scaramucci were having dinner at the White House with Sean Hannity, the Fox News host and a strong supporter of the president, and Bill Shine, a former Fox executive. Mr. Scaramucci called Mr. Lizza unsolicited to demand that he identify his source.

When Mr. Lizza would not, Mr. Scaramucci said, “O.K., I’m going to fire every one of them, and then you haven’t protected anybody, so the entire place will be fired over the next two weeks.”

Mr. Scaramucci was also mad about a story on Politico reporting his financial disclosure form. In a Twitter post on Wednesday night shortly after his conversation with Mr. Lizza, Mr. Scaramucci said the “leak” was “a felony” and that he would be contacting the F.B.I. and Justice Department to seek an investigation. He then included Mr. Priebus’s Twitter handle, which several officials in the White House interpreted as meaning that he suspected the chief of staff.

On Thursday morning, he telephoned into CNN and agreed that he was at loggerheads with Mr. Priebus, comparing them to Cain and Abel, the biblical sons of Adam and Eve whose conflict led to Cain murdering Abel. He challenged Mr. Priebus to deny being a leaker.

“We have had odds. We have had differences,” Mr. Scaramucci said. “When I said we were brothers from the podium, that’s because we’re rough on each other. Some brothers are like Cain and Abel. Other brothers can fight with each other and get along. I don’t know if this is reparable or not. That will be up to the president.”

But the leak he was complaining about was no leak. Lorraine Woellert, Politico’s reporter on the story, explained that she simply requested the financial disclosure form through normal channels and was provided it by a government agency as required by federal law. Mr. Scaramucci deleted his Twitter message but posted a new one referring to a story by the news outlet Axios suggesting that he wanted Mr. Priebus investigated.
Needless to say, the Washington Post had a team on this White House meltdown as well. "The cinematic infighting that has consumed the White House in recent days," they wrote, "was pushed into public view on Thursday, exposing the West Wing as the political equivalent of a New York-accented reality television show that runs on a raucous mix of drama, machismo and suspicion."
The new communications director-- Anthony Scaramucci, a flashy New York financier who brags that he and Trump “started out as friends”-- has been trying to oust White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus in a foulmouthed campaign fueled by months of brewing animus. Scaramucci accused Priebus of leaking to the media about behind-the-scenes maneuverings and his own personal finances, but his broader intent is to purge senior advisers and low-level staffers who he suspects are not adequately loyal to President Trump.

In an interview with the New Yorker published Thursday, Scaramucci called Priebus a “fucking paranoid schizophrenic, a paranoiac” and claimed that the former Republican Party chairman will “be asked to resign very shortly” in a sweep that he warned could eventually involve much of the staff.
I guess we're not talking about Putin-Gate so... The Mooch and Señor Trumpanzee are succeeding, right? And Priebus is o-u-t. (And The Mooch's wife filed for divorce a few hours ago.)

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At 6:38 PM, Anonymous ap215 said...

Yep even his soon to be ex couldn't handle his crazy antics.

At 5:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

David Brooks, who lavished him with praise after he was named, is dead wrong again.

Looks like the only smart person in this article is the wife who filed for divorce. Could probably make an easy case for him being nucking futs.

The machine hasn't had wheels since the '60s. But it doesn't matter. Their voters hate. So who else they going to support? Someone who doesn't hate? Don't make me laugh.


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