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The Mooch Sent Weird Hate Mail to a Prankster He Thought Was Reince Priebus

"You know what you did. We all do," Scaramucci wrote. "A man would apologize."
Drew Schwartz
Brooklyn, US
August 1, 2017, 3:35pm
Photos of Priebus and Scaramucci by Allison Shelley/Getty Images and Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images, respectively.

In the same week a team of Russian prank callers duped Secretary of Energy Rick Perry into a conversation about pig poop, a con artist in the UK managed to impersonate top Trump administration officials and trick his "colleagues" into responding to a series of bogus emails, CNN reports.

The self-described "email prankster"—known as @SINON_REBORN on Twitter—masqueraded as Eric Trump, Donald Trump Jr., and Jared Kushner. He even managed to fool ousted communications director Anthony "the Mooch" Scaramucci into responding to a phony email from Reince "Fucking Paranoid Schizophrenic" Priebus.

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On Saturday, the Mooch received an email from an account that appeared to belong to Priebus, who'd been forced out as White House chief-of-staff a day earlier. Despite the fact that the email was sent from a mail.com account by the prankster, the Mooch apparently fell for it.

"I had promised myself I would leave my hands mud free, but after reading your tweet today which stated how; 'soon we will learn who in the media who has class, and who hasn't,' has pushed me to this. That tweet was breathtakingly hypocritical, even for you. At no stage have you acted in a way that's even remotely classy, yet you believe that's the standard by which everyone should behave towards you? General Kelly will do a fine job. I'll even admit he will do a better job than me. But the way in which that transition has come about has been diabolical. And hurtful. I don't expect a reply."

But he got one.

"You know what you did," the real Scaramucci wrote. "We all do. Even today. But rest assured we were prepared. A Man would apologize."

Although it's unclear what the hell that means, somehow, the prankster managed to roll with it.

"I can't believe you are questioning my ethics! The so called 'Mooch,' who can't even manage his first week in the White House without leaving upset in his wake. I have nothing to apologize for."

At this point the Mooch apparently got fed up and fired off a final missive in which he basically calls Priebus a cuckold, or maybe a conniver? Who knows.

"Read Shakespeare. Particularly Othello. You are right there," real Mooch wrote. "My family is fine by the way and will thrive. I know what you did. No more replies from me."

White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders told CNN the White House is aware of the havoc the prankster has wrought and is "looking into these incidents further." The emails only spanned a few days, but SINON_REBORN managed to get a number of replies. He even duped Homeland Security Adviser Tom Bossert—Trump's cyber security official—into handing over his private email address in an exchange he thought he was having with Jared Kushner.

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