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The Mooch Told Colbert He'd Fire Steve Bannon if He Could

"If it was up to me, he would be gone."

by VICE Staff
Aug 15 2017, 3:00pm

Anthony Scaramucci, former White House communications director and baseball memorabilia aficionado, stopped by The Late Show with Stephen Colbert on Monday night as part of his recent media tour.

The interview was overall pretty limp, since Scaramucci spent the whole time on his best behavior towing his pro-Trump line. He called the president "a very compassionate person" and even defended his very tardy condemnation of Charlottesville, making sure to say himself that Nazis are "super bad."

And while he was relatively restrained, mostly just recycling Twitter jokes, referencing Game of Thrones, and pretending the audience's boos were cries of "Mooch," the guy still got a chance to go after Steve Bannon.

"Are there elements of white supremacy in the White House right now?" Colbert asked. "Is Steve Bannon a white supremacist?"

"Again, I don't think he's a white supremacist, although I've never asked him if he's a white supremacist," the Mooch replied. "What I don't like, though, is the toleration of it."

When Colbert asked what he'd do if he were in charge, the Mooch was clear. "If it was up to me, [Bannon] would be gone," he said. "But it's not up to me."

While they were on the subject, Colbert asked the Mooch the question that has been plaguing American minds since that fateful New Yorker interview: Scaramucci said that Bannon was trying to suck his own cock, but c'mon, surely the Mooch has tried, too.

"Hold on a second," Scaramucci replied. "Eddie Murphy said if he could do that he would never leave the house. No, I'm not capable of doing that."

Give the thing a watch above and marvel at how a man named the Mooch is still holding a place in the public consciousness.