I've been watching a lot of David Lynch's stuff recently.
The Washington Post reported that Anthony Scaramucci was mistakenly listed as dead in the Harvard alumni directory
. Shortly after that, Anthony Scaramucci was fired from his role as White House Communications Director
, a role he has held for...well, actually, he had not officially started yet.
I've been watching a lot of David Lynch's stuff recently. Frankly, I've lost track of which things are Lynch and which things are real life.
In response to these events, Trump tweeted "No WH chaos." If he ever tweets "No alien invasion," brush up your Klingon.
You're probably curious: Is there a motive for this firing beyond the obvious fact that Mooch was a profane doofus? Maybe. Jake Tapper tweeted the following at 4:48 AM:
Publicist for @Scaramucci making public accusations against @Reince45 personal life 👇 https://twitter.com/arthurschwartz/status/891622003584716801 …
Don't bother looking for that tweet; it was deleted. It appears that Arthur Schwartz, a good Mooch buddy, accused Priebus of having an affair
. Here's the now-missing tweet: “Hey @Reince 45. Oops; @Reince – you’re unemployed now. Keep pushing this crap & I’ll star dropping oppo on you. Mistress much,?”
The "crap" in question has to with a claim (published in HuffPo) that Priebus warned Trump "not to hire Scaramucci because he thought the buyers of Scaramucci’s shares in SkyBridge Capital overpaid in order to get access to Trump" -- a disturbing claim, if true. Schwartz later apologized for his "mistress" accusation: "I did something stupid and I'm embarrassed. Keep the hits coming - I deserve it."
By the way...
Along with Scaramucci, Schwartz, a staunch Republican, has other ties to the White House. He is an external advisor to the Zionist Organization of America, which is run by Mort Klein, who is a close friend of Steve Bannon, according to Axios.
I did not know that about Steve Bannon.
Let's step back and take in a wide-angle view of this scene.
Scaramucci didn't like Reince Priebus. Spicer hated Scaramucci. Now all three are gone.
With so many clowns having left the clown car, the new Chief of Staff has the leeway to bring some actual non-clowns into the White House (presuming that there are still some non-clowns who don't mind working for Trump).
According to the NYT, Kelly -- on his very first day as Chief of Staff -- was the one who decided to boot the Mooch. Although Dems will snicker darkly at Scaramucci's pratfall from grace, the plain fact is that Kelly did the right thing. And looky here
"General Kelly has the full authority to operate within the White House and all staff will report to him," Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said from the White House podium late Monday afternoon.
Sanders reiterated several times that everyone—including Jared and Ivanka, supposedly—will be reporting to Kelly, who swiftly gave short-lived communications director Anthony Scaramucci the boot Monday.
So apparently, it's the John Kelly show now. Good luck!
It has also been reported that Kelly came close to turning in his own resignation when Comey was fired
. This tells me what kind of a man he is.
If Trump has any sense at all, he'll let Kelly basically be
president. Kelly threatens to bring to the White House the kind of professionalism which could be ruinous for the Democrats. Maybe this is not the time for schadenfreude
; maybe this is the time for worry.
Some are saying that the real test will come when Kelly squares off against Kushner or Bannon or Ivanka. No: The real test will be Kelly's ability to deal with Donald himself
. As I've said before: Marines like discipline, and Donald Trump is the Emperor of Indiscipline.