"They're fighting over who loves me the most."—President Trump, in the WSJ interview, on West Wing infighting https://t.co/goqUW8dzqe
— Michael C. Bender (@MichaelCBender) July 26, 2017
In the Godfather fantasies that delight would-be GOP tough guys, you don’t bring in a made man just to pick up your dry cleaning…
Scaramucci: "If I’ve got to get this thing down to me and Sarah Huckabee … then the leaking will stop.”https://t.co/zvwAQJL6dI
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 25, 2017
… The first to leave the West Wing on Tuesday was senior assistant press secretary Michael Short, who resigned after a report emerged in Politico hours earlier saying that he would be fired in Scaramucci’s quest to uproot leakers.
Scaramucci, wearing blue-tinted aviator sunglasses and speaking to a small group of reporters in the White House driveway Tuesday morning, gestured to the guard booth on the outskirts of the complex to emphasize his threat.
“If they don’t stop leaking, I’m going to put them out on Pennsylvania Avenue — it’s a very clear thing,” he said. “You want to sell postcards to the tourists outside the gate or you want to work in the West Wing? What do you want to do? If you want to work in the West Wing, you’ve got to stop leaking.”…
Despite publicly claiming that he and Priebus have a long and respectful working relationship, Scaramucci has made one of his first moves the launch of a broad overhaul of the press office, singling out Priebus allies, many of whom previously worked at the Republican National Committee, for further scrutiny.
An unofficial list of Priebus loyalists has been circulating among Scaramucci allies as those most likely to lose their jobs or be reassigned to somewhere else in the administration…
Trump brought in Scaramucci because he saw him on television all the time and eventually he will be fired for the same reason.
— Schooley (@Rschooley) July 25, 2017
Meanwhile, Grampa’s sundowning on camera again…
Here's the transcript of Trump boasting about his election performance in the middle of a tribute to a military hero: pic.twitter.com/Qngqa0CvoG
— Daniel Dale (@ddale8) July 26, 2017
Trump: "For many, many years Democrats … win in Youngstown. But not this time."
Clinton won every precinct.https://t.co/p8OTPMw9kO
— Aaron Blake (@AaronBlake) July 26, 2017
On the bright side, the old man’s at his best in the early dawn, and his “proclamations” can be fed straight into the Fox News morning shows…
— McKay Coppins (@mckaycoppins) July 25, 2017
Have I pointed out recently that every godsdamned Republican in the beleagured country is to blame for putting this senile old goniff into the office he’s currently disgracing?
— Dan Diamond (@ddiamond) July 26, 2017
… The Ailes demographic wants to be told that the world is going to hell, a message that harmonizes with the declining status and health many of them experience. The Ailes demographic wants simple and reductionist viewpoints on America’s cultural and policy dilemmas—from crime to immigration to taxes to war and trade. The Ailes demographic seeks the restoration of the social mores it remembers from its youth, and if the past can’t be restored, it wants modern mores castigated. And it wants to be frightened and outraged. Fox almost never disappoints them.
It was the network’s dumb luck that Trump aged into its core audience as he reached the White House. Like so many of his fellow senior citizens, Trump now spends his golden years huddled at the Fox hearth, shouting amen as it voices his resentments and disappointments. Only the hearth is in the White House. As news, real and not, travels from Fox’s lips to Trump’s tweets, we have the chance to see media history in the making. Presidents have, from time to time, courted publications to advance a White House agenda or steered the news by feeding tips to columnists and reporters, but never before has a president so consistently echoed an outlet’s message…