'The Mooch' Gets Grilled by Colbert

Anthony Scaramucci defends president but says he'd fire Steve Bannon
By Newser Editors,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 15, 2017 3:33 AM CDT

(Newser) – The Mooch appeared on Stephen Colbert's show Monday night and found himself defending the boss who just fired him. Colbert in particular grilled Anthony Scaramucci on why President Trump waited two days to condemn white supremacists after the violence in Virginia. "It was late, I'm not going to say it wasn't, but he did go to the White House (Monday) and he did make a statement that was very declarative against it," Scaramucci said. Colbert pressed him on why it took days, asking, "Does he order his spine on Amazon Prime?" Scaramucci responded that only Trump could answer that question. See the video. Other highlights, per People and the Hollywood Reporter:

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  • Steve Bannon: "If it was up to me, he would be gone," said Scaramucci, accusing Bannon of leaks. "But it's not up to me." Scaramucci also apologized to his mother about his infamous and vulgar Bannon joke.
  • Reince Priebus: Was Scaramucci brought in to get rid of him? "I don't want to say it that way," Scaramucci said. When Colbert asked him to "say it like the Mooch," he responded, "So The Mooch from Long Island would say there's no love lost there."
  • Odds and ends: He called Trump a "super compassionate person" (that got boos), said the president made a "huge sacrifice" to be president (that got derision from Colbert), joked that he was like Arya Stark and had compiled a kill list of Colbert's writers (the joke fizzled), and said he thought he'd last in his White House job "longer than a carton of milk.")

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