The Mooch is out. Just 10 days into his tenure as White House communications director, Anthony Scaramucci is exiting his position.
“Anthony Scaramucci will be leaving his role as White House Communications Director,” White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders said in a statement. “Mr. Scaramucci felt it was best to give Chief of Staff John Kelly a clean slate and the ability to build his own team. We wish him all the best.”
The news comes just hours after the president said “No WH chaos!” in a Monday morning tweet. This is the latest in a series of high-profile departures at the White House, following Friday’s announcement that Reince Priebus had resigned as chief of staff and Sean Spicer’s resignation on July 21 that many surmised came as a direct result of Scaramucci’s hiring. Monday marks new Chief of Staff John Kelly’s first day on the job, who, per CNN, reportedly requested Scaramucci’s removal.
Scaramucci made a colorful impact during his short-lived time in the White House, making headlines for a profanity-laced rant with The New Yorker against Reince Priebus, Steve Bannon, and potential leakers in the White House. On Friday, news also broke in the New York Post‘s Page Six that Scaramucci’s wife had filed for divorce.
While the President had not yet tweeted about Monday’s personnel change at the time of this article’s publication, many others on Twitter expressed a range of shock and glee at Scaramucci’s short-lived tenure in the White House.
The Bachelor/ette host Chris Harrison capitalized on tonight’s perfect timing with ABC’s scheduled airing of The Bachelorette “Tell All” special, joking, “Tonight so much drama on the Tell All special as I reunite #Trump and #Scaramucci for the first time since their breakup.” Actor Shannon Woodward also made a reference to the romance-driven reality show, writing, “The Mooch didn’t even make it to hometowns.”
Many made light of Scaramucci’s extraordinarily short time in the job. The Daily Show co-creator Lizz Winstead wrote, “I’ve had Tinder hook-ups that lasted longer than the Mooch,” while The Mindy Project star Ike Barinholtz wrote, “Mooch didn’t last as long as the tank of gas I have in my car.” Chelsea Handler referenced Scaramucci’s New Yorker interview, writing, “We have 3 or 4 people we’re gonna fire tomorrow’ little did we know he was talking about himself.”
Kate Hudson shared a meme using she and Matthew McConaughey’s movie How to Lose a Guy in 10 Days, replacing the actors with Trump and Scaramucci. The caption calls it “the #1 comedy in America!”
Some speculated Scaramucci’s exit might signal Spicer’s return, with MSNBC host Rachel Maddow tweeting from vacation, “Honestly I’m supposed to be on vacation, but I will still buy tacos for [The Rachel Maddow Show] staff if/when they announce that Spicer’s back…”.
Read below for a sampling of tweets.
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