Smooth Talking New Yorker Le Mooch–Trump’s Hatchet Man in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

July 28, 2017

Smooth Talking New Yorker Le Mooch–Trump’s Hatchet Man in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

by David Remnik

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Le Mooch–Trump’s Lapdog–Hatchet Man. Scaramucci seems to have been installed to carry out Trump’s form of personnel management—to help demean and get rid of retainers who have proved disappointing or threatening to his interests.

Customarily, when you are in the first couple of weeks of a new job, it’s best to learn the names of the people around you, absorb the rudiments of your new workplace, maybe figure out the lunch situation. This was clearly not the way of Anthony Scaramucci, the new communications director for the Trump White House. The Mooch is a man in a hurry. But while he looks to most like someone racing into a wall, he is, to his patron, doing precisely what is required.

Within moments of arrival, Scaramucci was declaring his everlasting fealty to the President (“I love the President”), erasing the digital evidence of his previous contempt for the President (“an inherited money dude from Queens County”), and comparing his relationship with Reince Priebus, the White House Chief of Staff, to that of Cain and Abel, the killer and the killed. And then, the other night, he called Ryan Lizza, of The New Yorker. First, Scaramucci tried in vain to unearth the source who revealed that he had dined at the White House, and wrongly presumed it was Priebus. He then went on an obscene tirade about Priebus’s mental stability, Steve Bannon’s dorsal flexibility, and, most alarming of all, his intention to “fucking kill all the leakers” by employing the capacities, human and technological, of the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

“O.K., the Mooch showed up a week ago,” Scaramucci told Lizza. “This is going to get cleaned up very shortly, O.K.? Because I nailed these guys. I’ve got digital fingerprints on everything they’ve done through the F.B.I. and the fucking Department of Justice.” He then ended the nearly nine-minute colloquy by saying, “Yeah, let me go, though, because I’ve gotta start tweeting some shit to make this guy”—meaning Priebus—“crazy.”

The reaction to all this was predictable. It roiled, yet again, the sense of vertigo that has accompanied the Trump era. And there were laughs all around, can-you-top-this jokes on Twitter, gleeful one-liners on late-night television, grave pronouncements on the morning shows. And yet the reaction that matters most was that of Scaramucci’s patron, the President of the United States. Mike Allen, the co-founder of the Web site Axios, wrote, “We’re told the President loved the Mooch quotes.”

Of course he did. After all, Scaramucci was, in language and in manner, channeling Trump himself. What about Scaramucci’s rant could possibly have offended Trump’s sense of propriety, dignity, or politics? As so many audiotapes, tweets, interviews, and speeches have made clear, Trump has no compunction about treating people, even his most self-abnegating loyalists, as vassals; he speaks in the language of obscenity and contempt. What previous President could have delivered an oration so filled with political bile that his host, the Boy Scouts of America, would find it necessary to apologize to anyone who might have been offended? He is unique.

Scaramucci, who was endorsed by Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner, seems to have been installed to carry out Trump’s form of personnel management—to help demean and get rid of retainers who have proved disappointing or threatening to his interests. Sean Spicer. Reince Priebus. Steve Bannon. Jeff Sessions. And, ultimately, Robert Mueller.

In other words, the Mooch matters because the Mooch–The new White House Iago- helps to clarify what matters most to the President and his family. What matters most is Trump’s grip on his base voters and his survival in office. Everything else—a sane health-care policy, the dignity of the transgender people who have volunteered to serve their country, a rational environmental policy, a foreign policy that serves basic democratic values, rule of law—is of tertiary interest.

Trump’s focus is not impossible to divine. He is increasingly anxious that Mueller and congressional investigators are exploring the details of his business transactions and financial holdings, and how they might have exposed him to being targeted by the Russian government.

In the meantime, Trump’s capacity to demean and diminish everyone in his proximity continues apace. H. R. McMaster, the national-security adviser, is said to have an increasingly rocky relationship with the President, and to have been on the receiving end of his contempt; Secretary of Defense James Mattis was informed of the ban on transgender soldiers merely as a courtesy; Secretary of State Rex Tillerson finds himself in a turf battle with Trump’s son-in-law, who believes himself capable of untold diplomatic achievements. How long can these people last? Priebus, Bannon—if they are swept away, do not expect them to be replaced by models of probity.

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Lapdog Le Mooch and his Master, Donald J. Trump–The 45th POTUS

Last week, while Trump was battling to repeal Obamacare, Scaramucci told CBS, “I don’t know if he’s going to get what he wants next week, but he’s going to get what he wants eventually, because this guy always gets what he wants. O.K.?” Scaramucci matters because he has divined what Donald Trump wants, and he is speaking in his language. Last night, John McCain and many others refused to be cowed or intimidated. They acted in favor of the most elemental notion of rationality and principle. Who else will follow?

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David Remnick has been editor of The New Yorker since 1998 and a staff writer since 1992. He is the author of “The Bridge: The Life and Rise of Barack Obama.

9 thoughts on “Smooth Talking New Yorker Le Mooch–Trump’s Hatchet Man in 1600 Pennsylvania Ave

  1. The Mooch has been on the job for a week, and he is already a national joke. But he is Trump’s new big hire, and the man who is going to get his message out and to make a major shakeup of his top team. A day after Anthony Scaramucci, accused Reince Priebus of leaking information to reporters in a profanity-laced tirade, Donald Trump announced today on Twitter that he was replacing his embattled White House Chief of Staff, and the former head of the Republican National Committee, Reince Priebus with Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly, a former general. Expect more chaos to come.

    Meanwhile, in a speech to law enforcement officials in Long Island today, Donald Trump delivered a clear and chilling message: He thinks that unauthorized immigrants are subhuman, and that law enforcement should treat them accordingly. And his audience greeted the message with thunderous applause.

    • LaMoy,

      General Kelly is the White House Chief of Staff. The previous guy gave a pathetic interview to CNN’s Wolf Blitzer which I consider self serving, hypocritical, and defensive. He was fired–that’s the truth–but gave the impression that he had resigned after discussing his future with DJT. What the POTUS needs is someone of the calibre of James Baker III who could work with Congress and maintain discipline in the West Wing, making him an asset to President Reagan.Let us hope Kelly can do a better job than his predecessor.–Din Merican

    • Din:
      General Kelly is the White House Chief of Staff for now. I heard gossips that General Kelly’s job is to groom Mooch to become the next White House Chief of Staff. He’s the support from Ivanka and Jared. Moreover, he’s the same personality and mannerism like Trump.

      No one of the caliber of James Baker III would want to work for Trump. Only self-serving hypocrites don’t mind serving an erratic and narcissist president. Why do you think there are still some 3 hundreds important positions unfilled? A great part of the problem with Trump administration is short-handed of capable personnel willing to work for him. Trump just can’t recruit good people.

  2. Its incredible the similarity of thinking, ideas and abilities of Trump and Najib. Of course Trump is more audacious or foolish to believe he can do these things in the USA of checks and balance but Trump also has better people. Let see of Najib people can learn anything..

  3. On Thursday, The Boy Scouts of America apologized for Trump’s inappropriate speech to their national jamboree.

    Following on the heels of the Boy Scouts, the Suffolk County Police Department of Long Island has become the second organization in two days to disavow statements from Trump after he called for more police brutality during a Friday speech to law enforcement officers.

    How many organizations had to apologize for or disavow speeches given by the previous five presidents? The answer to that question is zero, zilch, and nada. Donald Trump is not well, and anytime that he is irresponsibly allowed to abuse the presidential platform in public is another moment of national disgrace that will result in a cleanup crew being forced to follow behind and clean up his toxic mentally broken mess. He is a very, very sick nut job, headcase, shit-head or whatchamacallit.

  4. But Mooch called Steve Bannon a (expletive deleted) self-sucker.
    Very strange diatribe coming from a “Communications Director”.

    Looks like combat between the Wall Street wing and the Neo-Fascist
    wing of the staffers within the White House.

  5. I used to have a pair of kissing gouramis (aquarium fish), whom i call ‘Mooch’ and ‘Smooch’. I can’t tell if they are of different sex, but they kiss all the time. The other day Smooch kissed Mooch to death. Poor Mooch. Didn’t taste good even after being fried in sambal..

    This Scarymucci fella, seems to be a pretty determined ‘kiss-ass’ ex-Goldman-Sachs functionary – whose 2nd wife has just divorced him because of his ‘hell-bent’ obsession to ‘F**k’ the White House and whose terminal ‘I Lurv Drumpf’ sounds pretty cartoonish – just like the ‘I Lurv Pe-Em’ over here. But i don’t think he’ll last very long. You see, narcissistic folk don’t tolerate each other. On the other hand, being suicidal, may be a symptom of Borderline Personality Disorder.

    LaMoy, would you be kind enough to send a U-Haul load of Fluoxetine-Olanzepine to those sorry ass-lickers on 1600 Penn Ave, asap? Meanwhile, we should get ready the ECT equipment.

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  7. This article is mis titled. He’s not a smooth talker but a vulgar person. As Head of WH Communications he should not be using profanity and all the expletive even though he label them as colorful As Director of WH Communications, anything and everything he says is official meaning coming from the White House. With Scarymucchi as Director of Communications the White House has become the House of Profanity and Americans have been lowered to communicating in expletives. This is on top of POTUS being beligerent and with limited vocabulary.

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