Former Trump pal and administration talking head Anthony “Mooch” Scaramucci seems like a figure from some far-distant past — a lifetime ago, before we had caged children and cloak-and-dagger Ukrainian intrigue, before America had been fully exposed to Trump’s apparent drug use or the extent of his friendship with Jeffrey Epstein.
But though every moment that Trump is president feels like an eternity, and the cast of characters is constantly changing, that doesn’t mean we can’t still learn anything from the memoirs of those with presidential limo tracks still wrinkling their West Wing workwear.
Scaramucci has an interaction with his former boss in a new book by Washington Post White House Bureau Chief Philip Rucker and investigative reporter Carol Leonnig entitled A Very Stable Genius. That interaction should, in this author’s humble opinion, go on Trump’s headstone.
According to the book, at one point Scaramucci, in an effort to get some clarity on just exactly who he was working for, asked Mr. Trump whether or not he was an “act” — whether his daily affectations, his shifting political positions, his public demeanor, his Twitter bluster and White House lawn tirades, were all simply part of the “kayfabe” of being a President culled from the trenches of reality television.
Okay, so perhaps I’m expanding on The Mooch’s intent there, but the question remains: “Are you an act?”
The reply, per Stable Genius, was “I’m a total act and I don’t understand why people don’t get it.”
If that’s not the most honest thing Donald Trump has ever said about his own professional persona, I can’t imagine what is. And honestly, how could The Donald™ be anything but an act? Everything about him is just too far over the top, from the wild hair, long ties, and ill-fitting suits to his insistence that just telling people what they’re going to do is the same as making a deal with them.
He’s like a cartoon character from a show that other cartoon characters watch. He’s Itchy and Scratchy, he’s Reptar, he’s Terrance and Phillip — he’s a sub-parody of an already-parodied reality.
It’s time his show was canceled.
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