The Mooch is back! After a brief 11-day tenure at the White House, Anthony Scaramucci was back in the spotlight on Stephen Colbert’s The Late Show Monday night. He was also interviewed earlier the same day by George Stephanopoulos on ABC’s This Week.
Scaramucci returned with all the charisma and candidness he brought to the White House, plus a bit more humility. While Scaramucci tried to keep the interview light, host Stephen Colbert had a different agenda in mind, and filled the two-segment interview with a series of pointed lines of questioning, starting with Trump’s failure to condemn white supremacist after the violence in Charlotteville.
When Scaramucci brought up that Trump did eventually condemn the white supremacist, Colbert replied “Two days later! Does he order his spine on Amazon Prime? Why did it take so long?”
Scaramucci attempted to get out of tough questions with his charm, making witty comments and grinning at the camera, but Colbert did not play along, and continually pushed Scaramucci for substantive answers.
Throughout the interview, Scaramucci revealed that if Trump wants his legislative agenda to pass, he must move in a more moderate direction. Scaramucci confirmed reports of White House infighting and dodged a question about whether he was hired to get rid of Sean Spicer and Reince Priebus. He also said if it was up to him, he would fire Steve Bannon and admitted there’s toleration of white supremacy in the White House.
In a reflective answer near the end of the interview, Scaramucci said he would not do anything differently if he were to go through the experience again, “At the end of the day, you’ve got to accept what your fate is, and you’ve got to do it without any bitterness and you’ve got to stay humble.”
Scaramucci didn’t leave without responding to Colbert’s July monologue in which Colbert impersonated Scaramucci in an overdone New York accent referring to himself as a “front-stabber.” Scaramucci gave Colbert a knife engraved with “Stephen Colbert.”
The interview is already going viral on Facebook and Youtube. Perhaps Sean Spicer would like to take the hot seat next?
Watch both halves of the interview here: