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'The Mooch' Is Out—But Why Was He In?

Trump's White House a Rotating Door of Odd Personalities, Snide Remarks

Queen jokes aside, why was Anthony Scaramucci even brought in as communications director?  Was he even vetted at all?

For starters, consider that Scaramucci was a man who took great pride in being known as "The Mooch."  He was telegenic, with a ready smile and an easy mode of talking—things which in many ways former press secretary Sean Spicer lacked. However, even with a fair bit of charm on screen, "The Mooch" was apparently something of the sleaze that his nickname might imply.

His call to The New Yorker notwithstanding, Scaramucci was apparently too inappropriate for even President Trump, who has been on the record—albeit apparently unintentionally—about inappropriate sexual behavior with women. According to NBC News, both Melania and Ivanka Trump were "disgusted" by Scaramucci's language, and these may very well have been factors in his ultimate dismissal from President Trump's inner circle. 

Indeed, deputy press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said that President Trump ultimately decided that Scaramucci's comments, particularly during his conversation with The New Yorker reporter Ryan Lizza, "were inappropriate for a person in that position" and that could very well have led to his dismissal.  What isn't yet known, though, is what could be in store for Scaramucci; there are some rumblings that the ousted communications director could be offered a position that is lower profile but still at the White House.

In spite of the recent tumult at the White House, Trump still insisted that there was no chaos.  He tweeted, "Highest Stock Market EVER, best economic numbers in years, unemployment lowest in 17 years, wages raising, border secure, S.C.: No WH chaos!"

However, he's now on his second chief of staff in a little over six months, and there appears to be a slow bleed of White House staffers since President Trump took office.  Scaramucci's dismissal is just further evidence that his belief that he was reporting directly to the president was as erroneous as his belief that ranting at a reporter from The New Yorker was a good idea.

In fact, it is believed that new chief of staff retired general John Kelly is working towards having a clean slate of sorts, but after comments from the Mooch that ranged from fiery suggestions that Steve Bannon was perhaps very flexible and could execute interesting gymnastic moves to suggestions that perhaps Huckabee Sanders should keep the hair and makeup person she currently has, it's likely no surprise that Scaramucci got bounced from the White House as quickly as he was in.

It's not been a great week for the Mooch, though; while his youngest child made his way into the world, he was served with divorce papers and gained and lost a high profile job with stunning alacrity.  Questions have abounded about why the hedge fund manager got the gig in the first place —and really, it's a stunning move even for Trump to hire a man who goes by the nickname The Mooch.  Why not bring in Cubby and Tank, while you're at it, to represent one of the most powerful nations in the world?

If Scaramucci's lack of ability to control his language wasn't a solid enough demonstration of Scaramucci's questionable qualifications, then one need only look at his alleged conduct towards his outgoing colleague Sean Spicer. Scaramucci is alleged to have called Spicer "Melissa McCarthy"—a clear reference to the several sketches that lampooned Spicer.

Perhaps when their next communications director is hired, Trump's team can actually look at such wonderful things as qualifications and ability rather than solely considering whether someone might play off strong on camera.

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