Scaramucci does the fandango—on climate change and Earth’s age

Anthony Scaramucci, Trump’s new Communications Director, isn’t off to a good start, at least to rational people. This David Pakman Show video shows Scaramucci, in a CNN interview with Chris Cuomo last year, claiming that we “don’t know” whether the climate is warming because, after all, science always changes and, anyway, he’s “not a scientist”.  He then claims that the planet (or at least human history) is 5500 years old. Now the latter claim might be a mistake, but remember: this guy is the Communications Director, so he should communicate clearly. (Remember, this interview was probably half a year ago, before he took that job.)

Or is he a closet creationist? Either way, I’m not impressed

Further, before he was hired by the Trump campaign last year, Scaramucci was pretty uncompromising that anthropogenic climate change was happening (see also here). Did being hired by Trump change his mind that much? Because surely the facts supporting Scaramucci’s former stand haven’t changed.

h/t: Woody

65 Comments

  1. Đani Stojanov
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:39 pm | Permalink

    He was on Gad Saad’s channel and they discussed even evolution I think so he’s saying what people want to hear really.

  2. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    Ask a RWNJ about evolution or climate change, you invariably get “I’m not a scientist” or “I wasn’t there, were you?”

    You never hear that from them, though, when it comes to Barack being born in Kenya or Hillary offing Vince Foster.

    Galileo, Figaro.

    • darrelle
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:36 pm | Permalink

      Magnifico-o-o-o-o!

      • KENNETH A LEE
        Posted July 29, 2017 at 2:42 pm | Permalink

        No, no, no, no, no, no, no, no!!!!

  3. GBJames
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:42 pm | Permalink

    sub

  4. Randy schenck
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:44 pm | Permalink

    How would you like being Trump’s communications director. What would that take, skills wise? Just point to his phone and say twitter. Actually, if you saw Jake Tapper on Sunday morning do an interview with this guy, he just looks like a smaller version of Trump and no previous experience in the job or politics. He should be just great and fits right in.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:19 pm | Permalink

      Mark my words, buddy: Trump is fixing to pull the pin on a constitutional grenade by canning Jeff Sessions; then, he’s gonna let go the lever by getting rid of Robert Mueller.

      • Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

        I think you’re right. I’m making popcorn.

        • Randy schenck
          Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:20 pm | Permalink

          As the great Yogi once said – It’s tough to make predictions, especially about the future. I suspect, even if Trump thinks he can get Mueller fired it is not likely to solve his difficulties any more than getting rid of Comey. The only thing I have believed since they put this idiot in the white house is that he will not be there for any re-election. The only real unknown is how much damage is done along the way.

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:12 pm | Permalink

            Trump has already set Sessions on fire. All that’s left is for him to come back to piss on the embers.

            • Randy schenck
              Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:30 pm | Permalink

              Yes, this Trump is such a class act, he publicly denigrates and humiliates his own Attorney General. Who else in his position would do this. At least Nixon had the decency to do it behind closed doors. Anyone who has any respect for this guy as a person or as president needs to take a good look in the mirror.

            • Randy schenck
              Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:32 pm | Permalink

              By the way, Jake Tapper is just now ripping him up on CNN, going over that fabulous speech he gave yesterday to the Boy Scouts.

              • Ken Kukec
                Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

                “Forget it, Jake; it’s crazy-town.”

          • Posted July 25, 2017 at 6:58 pm | Permalink

            Love the great Yogi, but the great Niels Bohr said that first.

      • Historian
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:33 pm | Permalink

        Undoubtedly Trump wants to get rid of Sessions so he can appoint an interim Attorney General who will fire Mueller. Trump doesn’t care if he would create a constitutional crisis, if he actually knows what one would be. His only concern is to prevent Mueller from discovering likely criminal activity he has engaged in through his business activities and connections with Russia. Trump’s strategy is probably smart. Despite the furor that would be created by firing Mueller, his base of delusionals would still support him and the Republicans in Congress would take no action. And thus another nail would be driven into the coffin of American democracy.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:45 pm | Permalink

          Donald Trump has the same respect for the rule of law and our constitutional system of checks and balances as the Hell’s Angels who invaded Hollister CA had for the city ordinances proscribing public drunkenness and disturbance of the peace.

          • Torbjörn Larsson
            Posted July 25, 2017 at 4:48 pm | Permalink

            Oh, Trump respects the law all right. But he is an autocrat and thinks the justice system should serve him, not US and its citizens.

            It is always about him.

          • mordacious1
            Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:57 pm | Permalink

            The Hell’s Angels were founded almost a year after Hollister, but I get your point.

            • Ken Kukec
              Posted July 26, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

              Yes, the bikers at Hollister were ur-Angels.

      • Veroxitatis
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:44 pm | Permalink

        And Ted Cruz seems in the running for AG. (“Lying Ted”), that is. Can it get any worse?

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:54 pm | Permalink

          No way Lyin’ Ted takes the AG job. Whoever fires Mueller is dead politically. Ask Robert Bork. Cruz is nothing if not ambitious.

          Plus, isn’t he hated enough already? 🙂

        • rickflick
          Posted July 25, 2017 at 4:39 pm | Permalink

          Would Rudy Giuliani be any better? He’d follow orders.

      • Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:13 pm | Permalink

        Yes, and he’s already got a compliant FBI director too. The investigation will either be pulled or put under new and compliant leadership.

        • mordacious1
          Posted July 25, 2017 at 8:15 pm | Permalink

          If you’re speaking of Acting Director McCabe, I wouldn’t consider him “compliant”. There’s nothing in Diector Nominee Wrays’ background that would suggest to me that he’d knuckle under to Trump either. In fact, I was surprised that the president nominated him.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

      “What would that take, skills wise?”

      A thick coating of slime, apparently.

      • loren russell
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:10 pm | Permalink

        Please, don’t insult slugs and hagfish!

  5. Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:50 pm | Permalink

    It is probably due solely to my intense dislike of all things Trump, but if I were a director for a huge blockbuster movie and I wanted to cast someone who looked and sounded diabolically evil, Scaramucci would get the role. Just so, if a character in my movie was to be cast as a primped, privileged, douche-bag asshole, I’d look no further than Trump’s son-in-law. This is the new U.S. of A.

    That is all I have to say.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:38 pm | Permalink

      Scaramucci is one of the outer-borough greedheads from Boiler Room; Kushner is one of the entitled little prep-school pricks from Scent of a Woman.

    • Ken Phelps
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:52 pm | Permalink

      “…a primped, privileged, douche-bag asshole…son-in-law.”

      But isn’t that how Royal Families always get started?

      • Heather Hastie
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:22 pm | Permalink

        They usually started by popular acclaim because an individual was a great leader, including a great leader in battle, and it was clear his eldest son had at least the potential to be the same.

        Can you imagine Trump inspiring people to fight for him because of his bravery, strategy, fighting ability, integrity, strong and fair leadership etc?

        Can you imagine people looking at Don Jr and seeing the start of a great dynasty?

        • Posted July 25, 2017 at 5:45 pm | Permalink

          That seems applicable to the case here. Red America saw Trump as a business wizard who could get the economy moving again and old-fashioned jobs in every pot. They seemed to be ignorant (good place to end the sentence) of his bankruptcies, refusal to pay contractors and employees the money he owed them, hiring of illegals (through contractors/subcontractors), his fake university, his willingness to do business with oligarchs everywhere, including Russia and China… And, now we have had ample opportunity to see T-Rump pere in action and almost all of the T-Rump progeny, plus son-in-law. Twigs off the old tree. Chips off the old blockhead. Tweeters unanimous. Are we lucky, or what?!!!

          • Ken Kukec
            Posted July 26, 2017 at 9:52 am | Permalink

            I recall when “Red America” was what the rock-ribbed right-wing called people who wanted better relations with the Soviet Union and Red China.

  6. steve oberski
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 12:55 pm | Permalink

    I think that SNL’s Melissa McCarthy and Sean Spicer should team up and do a road show like Christopher Hitchens and Douglas Wilson did for the film Collision.

  7. Kevin
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:04 pm | Permalink

    Scaramucci sounds sublime…to Trump supporters. His whiny banter, disenfranchisement of science, arrogant gaze. The ignorant and insecure hordes will soon put Scaramucci on a shrine with the Orange Allfather.

    Scaramucci will promise them what they want: mega-muscle trucks, heavy guns, fewer brown people, and sacks of dodo on the heads of godless folk (aka, non-Christians).

  8. busterggi
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:05 pm | Permalink

    Whores had heats of gold before Trump hired them all.

  9. Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:10 pm | Permalink

    Like his boss Trump, I do not think Scaramucci has any core beliefs. He can and will say anything. In the past he has supported gay rights.

    What I can’t figure out about swindlers like these guys is what they really want. Is it just more money?

    • johnw
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      Agreed, like Trump there is no moral center there. He would say or do anything his maniacal ambition requires. He’s much smoother and intellectually agile than Spicer, but in the end the gropenfuhrer will make him look like a fool.

    • Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:15 pm | Permalink

      They mostly just like their reflection. Nothing else really matters.

    • Historian
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      I think Scaramucci wants power and fame.

    • GBJames
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:17 pm | Permalink

      He’s a grifter, like most Republicans these days.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:27 pm | Permalink

      The Mooch is naught but a showman. For a price, he can spin these issues — climate change, gun control, gay rights, etc. — either way.

      • Mark R.
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 1:41 pm | Permalink

        I love that an ex hedge fund manager is nicknamed “The Mooch”. Irony is lost on these bozos.

    • Heather Hastie
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:33 pm | Permalink

      Scaramucci is also pro-choice. He has been trying to get a position in the Trump administration ever since the election. He hasn’t made it because both Steve Bannon and Reince Preibus don’t want him, and still don’t.

      Scaramucci openly says that he is there to express Trump’s views, not his own. He says he will express his own pov in private, but once Trump makes a decision his word is law.

      I suspect that, like a lot of leading Republicans, he believes he can control Trump. He’s wrong. You can make Trump believe and trust you via flattery, but that only lasts until the next flatterer comes along. You can’t control him.

  10. BJ
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm | Permalink

    I’ve been waiting at least a week for someone to write this headline. Thank you for finally doing it.

    I have to admit, horrifying as this administration and its staff are, I’m genuinely enjoying the complete meltdown we’ve been witnessing over the last couple of months. From Jr., to Trump trying to get his own AG to quit after just a few months, to every other nutty thing that has happened, I wonder how long this can go on before every politician, no matter the letter next to their name, abandons him. And it’s so enjoyable because the eminently loathsome man at the center just wants to be loved and celebrated, and is getting exactly the opposite. He feeds exclusively on praise and instead receives increasing mockery. He thought he would be the world’s greatest President and be able to run the US like one of his (failed) businesses, and is instead finding that everything is the opposite of what he believes. I’m just waiting for the big tantrum that pushes everyone over the edge.

    • Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:44 pm | Permalink

      The disintegration of the administration is indeed highly entertaining. In that respect it is just like Watergate. Although self-important Respected Commentators tend to gravely remind us that Watergate was a tragedy that sadly divided the nation, it really wasn’t. The revelations were actually quite funny and ended up uniting almost everybody. Nixon was doomed once most Republicans joined Democrats in concluding that yes, he really was a crook.

      • Filippo
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:09 pm | Permalink

        IIRC from hearing Hitch, Nixon and Kissinger back-channel negotiated with the N. Vietnamese, telling them they’d get a better deal from the Nixon administration, a carrot to get them to bog down negotiations with the Johnson administration until after the ’68 election. Strikes me that this was significantly worse than the Trump and assigns’ Russian escapades, yet Trumpians unable to keep it secret, unlike Tricky Dick and Crafty Kissinger.

        • Ken Kukec
          Posted July 25, 2017 at 6:46 pm | Permalink

          Actually, the back channel was to our “allies” the South Vietnamese, through Anna Chennault (wife of Claire, late of the WWII “Flying Tigers”). Nixon promised to get them better terms at the Paris peace conference.

          Nixon then kept the war churning another four years, at the cost of hundreds of thousands additional lives, only to settle it for worse terms than Johnson could’ve had in ’68. Some patriot and statesman, that Nixon.

          • Filippo
            Posted July 25, 2017 at 11:48 pm | Permalink

            I stand corrected on that particular detail. Thank you.

    • Ken Kukec
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:58 pm | Permalink

      Yeah, after a presidential election, I’ll usually back away from politics for a bit, to indulge other interests. But now, there’s a need to step up the engagement. I’ll give the Donald this: he keeps it interesting (in a horrifying, repugnant, bone-chilling kind of way).

  11. Stephen Barnard
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 2:48 pm | Permalink

    Seth Meyers had some good lines about Scaramucci. He’s the human embodiment of a pinky ring, and the human equivalent of a double parked BMW.

    • Randy schenck
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:00 pm | Permalink

      Well, the way he was kissing his new boss’s ass in the interview I saw, I hope we do not see him in the same room with Trump. We will have to tell the children to turn away.

      • Posted July 25, 2017 at 5:52 pm | Permalink

        He has the face and nickname for such an activity. T-Rump doesn’t need to find his a*s
        with both hands; he has so many other people to do it for him.

  12. Stephen Barnard
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 3:46 pm | Permalink

    In the interest of “transparency”, he deleted his old tweets. Because his views have evolved. I can’t decide whether this is Orwellian or Though the Looking Glass, tragedy or farce.

    Inevitably, by deleting the tweets (as though they’d disappear!), he drew more attention to them.

    • Torbjörn Larsson
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 4:56 pm | Permalink

      He shows that he clearly does not understand communication and especially not media. But he understands the autocrat Trump.

      • rickflick
        Posted July 25, 2017 at 7:33 pm | Permalink

        The Daily Show, I think it was, showed a side by side of Scaramucci vs Trump, and the hand gestures were almost identical between the two. Scaramucci has done his homework.

  13. Ken Kukec
    Posted July 25, 2017 at 4:58 pm | Permalink

    At his first press conference after being named communications director, Scaramucci claimed that Dear Leader Kim Jong Don could toss footballs through a swinging tire and swish jumpers from the top of the key on a basketball court.

    Jesus H. Christ, what’s become of this nation?

    • GBJames
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 5:07 pm | Permalink

      Damn good question.

  14. Posted July 25, 2017 at 10:32 pm | Permalink

    Scaramucci(a) is well named, and appropriate for his role as sly and tricky henchman of the Don.

    • Stephen Barnard
      Posted July 25, 2017 at 10:54 pm | Permalink

      Who will play the role of the Harlequin?


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